Yesterday we celebrated women's day and these days I can only think about 'girl power', at least what I understand of it.
Austen and feminism have been the subject of many heated discussions, I can't say I have a definite opinion even. But the one thing I like in P&P is Lizzy's way of handling life opposed to Elinor's in S&S. It kills me to read how their brother and sister-in-law reduce them to poverty in two pages, and they can't or don't fight.
Regency women were a merchandise 'sold' by their parents to husbands, they weren't allowed college and many other things we take for granted now, I know. I guess that's my biggest obstacle when writing historical, I could never write about undermined women without redemption, about submission or something the like.
So, my second Regency love story can be viewed as a fairy tale since this Lizzy was independent enough to create a fine life out of ashes. I want to believe that might have been possible back then, but I fear it wasn't. At all.
She finds her Darcy when a man was no longer capital to her survivor, when love could be viewed as love purely. Until then, there'll be a long long way... Shall we?