Thursday, July 19, 2007

Having a pop at the publishers

It seems to be a topical thing to have a pop at publishers at the moment with David Lassman, the director of the Jane Austen festival in Bath, putting together a modern version of the classic Pride and Prejudice and then finding that although it included almost word for word the famous opening about it being a truth that every single man with a good fortune needs a wife no one recognised it.

On the back of that the BBC has put up a quiz that lists ten famous openings and gives you the chance to see how much you know about openings.

I obviously don’t start paying attention until we are a few pages in because the quiz left me feeling depressed and bemused that even books I have read seemed to be unrecognisable and my results were unprintable.

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