With the return of Glee to the weekly TV schedule—finally—I think we’ve all been reminded of a new truth universally acknowledged: everything would be better, Austen novels included, if everybody had at least the option of bursting into a well-chosen pop song from time to time. You know, revealing their places in the collective consciousness, choreography optional (but encouraged). Lizzy belts out a girl-power ballad—ill practiced, of course—at the height of her emotional turmoil? Knightley takes the edge off with a few bars of air guitar and a phantom drum solo? I’m telling you: Jane Austen might roll in her grave, but Jane Lynch would make a fine Lady Catherine.
Am I right?
Here are a few Austen characters and their likely anthems:
Captain Wentworth: “I’m on a Boat” – The Lonely Island
Anne Elliot: “I Will Always Love You“* – Dolly Parton
*The original version with the sad monologue in the middle, because that speech is exactly the gracious and heartbroken speech Anne would make to Wentworth—complete with poignant pauses every few words—and nobody can convince me otherwise.
Mr. Bingley: “Mr. Brightside” – The Killers
Mr. Collins: “Hell No” – Sondre Lerche & Regina Spektor
Charlotte Lucas: “The Sound of Settling” – Death Cab for Cutie
Mary Bennet: “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out” – Cat Stevens
Catherine Morland: “Miss Teen Wordpower” – The New Pornographers
Isabella Thorpe: “We Used to Be Friends” – The Dandy Warhols
Marianne Dashwood: “I Feel It All” – Feist
John Willoughby: “It’s Raining Men” – The Weather Girls
Readers, who are we missing?Anne Elliot, Barenaked Ladies, Captain Wentworth, Cat Stevens, Catherine Morland, Charlotte Lucas, Death Cab for Cutie, Dolly Parton, Elizabeth Bennet, Emma, Feist, Glee, Isabella Thorpe, Jane Austen, Jane Lynch, Marianne Dashwood, Mary Bennet, Mr. Bingley, Mr. Collins, Mr. Knightley, Mr. Willoughby, music, music videos, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, Regina Spektor, Sense and Sensibility, Sondre Lerche, Sue Sylvester, The Dandy Warhols, The Killers, The New Pornographers, The Weather Girls on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 · 7 Comments »