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Name: Sarah Patton
Message:Yeh, now I understand.If i was to read one of her books I would probably have to keep reading over the sentence again and again until I understood it.I am getting all my Christmas test results tomorrow on report!!And they are being sent to our houses!!!
Dated:Mon Jan 19 19:32:41 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: No, I don['t think so - there are 17 Drumshee books and that's probably enough.

Sarah: Jane Austen wrote about 200 hundred years ago - The English might seem a little old fashioned but it is still the same English as today. For instance this is what Mrs Bennet says to her daughter Elizabeth.
'Lizzy, mind what you say. Don't run on in the same wild way as you are permitted to do at home.'
Dated:Mon Jan 19 18:38:01 2009  

Name: Sarah patton
Message:Yeh I suppose because wasn't Jane Austen a very Classical writer, It might be a bit difficult to understand. because it would have been written with the old english,wouldn't it.
Dated:Sun Jan 18 19:16:26 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora: Are you planning to write any more drumshee books?
Dated:Sun Jan 18 18:44:56 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Yes, Mercutio is the doomed maverick - very attractive.

Aoibheann: It's great that you are continuing steadily with this story and not going off and writing another one when you are halfway through.
Dated:Sun Jan 18 16:56:57 2009  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I think you’re right about the comedies. Romeo and Juliet is the play I’m studying for my English Junior Cert, so that’s why my friends and I went to see it yesterday. I was really glad they picked Romeo and Juliet to study for the exams, because at the time, I’d already read it. My favourite character is Mercutio, and the actor who played him last night was a young English guy, he was really talented, he did the “Queen Mab” speech brilliantly!
Dated:Sun Jan 18 14:50:43 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora: I've just sent in Rainbow Chapter 7:
Dated:Sun Jan 18 13:49:03 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Sarah Patton: I think that to see a film might be the best way into Jane Austen's books for teenagers. She is a very, very funny writer and some of her dialogue makes me laugh aloud, but some pages in the books look rather stodgy.

Kristine: I love Shakespeare, but not his comedies. The tragedies are as relevant today as they were over four hundred years ago, but the jokes don't seem to have lasted!
You are just the right age for 'Romeo & Juliet' It's so beautiful!
Dated:Sun Jan 18 11:31:33 2009  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I just got in from watching a production of 'Romeo and Juliet' in the Black Box Theatre in Galway, it was amazing! Are you a fan of Shakespeare?
Dated:Sat Jan 17 23:41:27 2009  

Name: Sarah Patton
Message:Cora: It sounds really good.Yeh i Reckon loads of Jane Austen fans will love it!My American friend was saying she loved her!! Hopefully after you get it puplished I will be one of the first people to buy it.
Dated:Sat Jan 17 19:33:06 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora: Yeah! Thats a good idea..
Dated:Sat Jan 17 11:42:45 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I think that if I were you, Aoibheann, I would keep this poem to use in your story(I think it might be best to leave out the last bit - just emphasise how miserable the girl is). It could be part of the reformation of Rainbow - perhaps she finds a scruffy piece of paper on the floor - or sees it pinned up on the wall. Suddenly she sees the other side of bullying - she begins to see the point of view of the victim ...
Dated:Sat Jan 17 10:08:45 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:i tried doing a poem..what do you think?
Dated:Fri Jan 16 21:18:32 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora: oh...i was looking foward to reading it...
mabye you could try a different publishers?
Dated:Fri Jan 16 18:59:47 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: The trouble is that the publishers who published 'Gorgeous' have given up on publishing for young people, and English publishers are not interested in something set in Ireland, so, for the moment, I've put 'Twice as Gorgeous' on the shelf (literally as well as figuratively).
Sarah: Yes, there is a lot of typing even after you get an idea - anything between 30,000 and 90,000 words in my case.
Sarah Patton: Thanks...
I'm aiming at the young teens, but I hope it will be interesting, also, for Jane Austen fans who want to find out about her teen years. I've done a lot of research.
Dated:Fri Jan 16 16:26:14 2009  

Name: Sarah Patton
Message:Ah!! I reckon you'll succeed, no doubt about it!!It sounds really good.What type of age group is the book for???
Dated:Thu Jan 15 21:18:42 2009  

Name: sarah
Message:
is it easy to write books
Dated:Thu Jan 15 21:06:58 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora: Do you have an idea of when twice as gorgous is coming out?
Dated:Wed Jan 14 20:08:24 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thanks, Sarah, that's very helpful!
What I hope to do is to have the fun, romance and wit of Jane Austen but in an accessible, easy-read form. Don't know whether I'll succeed or not!
Dated:Wed Jan 14 19:19:00 2009  

Name: Sarah Patton
Message:I think Kristine is right most of my friends haven't read the books either. But I say that is because they are what my friends classify "old".I am interested in your book idea it sounds great!!Most of my friends have heard of Jane Austen as a classical author but not actually looked into her books and stories at all.
Dated:Wed Jan 14 17:34:34 2009  

Name: Sarah Patton
Message:Yes, I have watched Pride and Predujice.Ihave heared of the others but haven't actually read them or seen them.But I am sure the local library should have them or xtra vision store.
Dated:Wed Jan 14 17:28:41 2009  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: No problem, I'm glad I could help
Dated:Tue Jan 13 20:17:09 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: Many thanks for this - it fits in with what I guessed, but it's so useful to have it verified by your market research.
Dated:Tue Jan 13 19:19:43 2009  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I asked around at school for the information you asked for. Although a lot of people have heard of her, not many people at all have read any of the books. A few of them have seen "Becoming Jane" and the majority have seen the 2005 film adaptation of "Pride & Prejudice", starring Keira Knightley. I think that the main reason people don't read them is because a lot of teenagers don't read a lot, and Jane Austen's books are difficult enough to read when you don't like reading in the first place. The plotlines are something they'd like, but it's the language and the whole formal-looking image that surrounds Jane Austen's novels that turns them off them.
Dated:Tue Jan 13 18:25:19 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Sarah: Thanks for the recommendations!

I'm working on a new book at the moment. It's called 'I was Jane Austen's Best Friend' and it's written in a diary form. It starts off with the two girls at a terrible boarding school and Jane gets very ill and the owner of the school refuses to send for her mother.
I suppose it is aimed at the young teenager.
Have you ever seen any of th Jane Austen films, or heard of any of the books?
Dated:Mon Jan 12 21:26:02 2009  

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