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Dear Jane Austen,

If you were writing in the 21st century, how would your characters use social media?


Andrew Mayne

Dear Andrew,

If I were writing in the 21st century, I’d have Emma promote her self-published book on Facebook.

I’d have Emma update her status with a lament about the deplorable state of the publishing industry in a desperate attempt to get her Facebook friends to buy her book. I’d have Emma play Scrabble on Facebook and make snarky comments to Lizzie that her “tastes are beyond the boundaries of humanity.”

Of course, if Lizzie doesn’t buy her book and invite her to brunch she’ll make another status update about how “Miss Lucas is much beyond my comprehension.”