Over a hundred years before Jane Austen became a pop-culture phenomenon, a literary critic dubbed her legions of devoted readers “Janeites.” Now her characters are inspiring movies like Clueless, fighting zombies, and appearing on t-shirts (Team Tilney). Austen's own image adorns everything from tea towels to iPhone cases.
Journalist Deborah Yaffe set out to explore Jane Austen fandom from the inside out, and it did not disappoint. She visited the historic sites and read copious amounts of fan fiction, to be sure, but most of the readers she meets are taking their Jane Addiction to entirely different level. Yaffe meets a literature professor whose nom de skate is Stone Cold [...]