Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. I could almost say she is my favorite but there are so many other great authors it seems wrong to. She did write my favorite book though, Pride and Prejudice. As she is one my favorite authors, I thought it only appropiate to dedicate a blog post to her. First off, I don't look at Jane Austen's novels as romance novels. Wanted to clear that up first. I don't read romance novels, and if her novels were I wouldn't read them. Jane Austen's novels have a lot more to them then romance. They have wit and wisdom, good and evil, and important Christian values ingrained into them that make them so much more then romance novels.With that in mind, I would like to add that Jane Austen's novels are not just for girls. Boys can and do read Austen's novels. Peter Leithart Ph.D. says in his book Minitures and Morals: The Christian Novels of Jane Austen, "Real men read Austen." I have brothers who enjoy Austen, my dad enjoys Austen, and I know of other men who do as well, Peter Leithart Ph.D. being one of them. "Real men read Austen."So let's talk a little about the characters of Austen's books. Austen's novels have many well crafted characters, some good some evil, that will always be remembered. It is so hard to select a favorite hero or heroine, Austen has created such unforgetable charecters in all her books. I love all of her heros and heroines. Heros that really stand out to me though would be Mr. Knightely from Emma, Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility, and Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey. I think Jane Austen created her heros and heroines to complement each other, which I think is done perfectly in the examples of these three men. Mr. Knightely's wisdom is just what Emma Woodhouse needed to curb her domineering and impulsive ways. Colonel Brandon's age and experience is just what Marianne Dashwood needed to complement her youth and inexperience. Henry Tilney's discernment is exactly what naive Catherine Morland needed to guide her. My ideal husband would be some combination of those three men, especially Mr. Knightley. My favorite heroines are Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, Anne Elliot from Persuasion, Elinor Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility, and Fanny Price from Mansfield Park. A combination of those women is what I would so want to be. I want Elizabeth Bennett's wit, but not prejudiceness, Anne Elliot's patience and kindness, Elinor Dashwood's forebarance and patience, and Fanny Price's sweetness and kindness.