With the premiere of the newest movie of the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn, the obsessive behaviors of some fans are fresh on my mind.  Similar to these admirers of Twilight, there are fans of Jane Austen who take pride in their comprehensive knowledge of Austen, her life, and her books.  These fans have been dubbed the Janeites.  In the 1870s, when J. E. Austen-Leigh published A Memoir of Jane Austen, the term was used by members of the literary elite to express that their adoration and appreciation for Austen was different than that felt by the mass public.  The term later began to be used to characterize others, often disparagingly, rather than as a self- proclaimed identity.

-Melvyna-

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