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Jul 24, 2015

What happens when Jane Austen meets Back to the Future? In LOST IN AUSTEN (2008), a modern-day Pride and Prejudice fan travels to the fictional past and tries not to screw up the canon pairings, but it's hard when you're irresistible to every man in the story, and some of the women. Dave and Elise try to figure out if Mary Sue can ever be an adequate substitute for Elizabeth Bennet, and whether the latter would really choose the internet over Mr. Darcy. Elise struggles to remember what she actually discovered as a research assistant on the Cambridge Edition of Jane Austen's Juvenilia (2006) except that Austen hated babies, and Dave laments his Stereo Mouth.

The discussion leads inexorably to the interesting quetion: Are ALL time travel tales "Mary Sue" narratives?

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Finally, as suggested by listener Jay, here's an Amazon link to Dave's time travel novel, Hypocritic Days (published by Insomniac Press), which is set in the pulp magazine and film worlds of the early 1930s. Please do let us know if you check it out!