Boys in my high school literature class: “Jane Austen books are just love stories.” No.  Jane Austen books are about powerless women, in utterly sexist, hideous times, trying to negotiate their way around class politics and hopefully ending up married to a man they, actually, you know, LOVE.

When feeling sad: Read Jane Austen

When feeling happy: Read Jane Austen

When feeling annoyed: Read Jane Austen

When feeling romantic: Read Jane Austen

When feeling weird: Read Jane Austen

When feeling: Read Jane Austen

Read Jane Austen

It amuses me when people question if Jane Austen and the Brontë Sisters were truly feminists. Um, OK, like, even 250+ years ago, these ladies all realized that a marriage without a woman being genuinely in love with the guy could never truly work.

Ahead of their time?

Fuck, they were ahead of some people now.