Jane Austen novels have the uncanny effect of convincing readers that the characters are real. On finishing Pride and Prejudice, for example, the last page simply reminds readers that Elizabeth Bennet is not a real human being. How does Jane Austen bring her characters to life so well? Are there techniques modern-day writers can adopt from her books?
I'd be interested in reading an essay on this subject. I would hope to see clear discussion of specific techniques used by Austin that are not used by many writers in our time. I'm not sure what those techniques would be, though. – JamesBKelley2 years ago