A biopic is a celebrity-driven story, but the way of high-concept storytelling often promulgates a biased understanding of a celebrity. If Jane Austen is the godmother of chick lit, in Becoming Jane, she has now become chick flick heroine with a double love of male supremacy and feminist independence. Her writings intertwine with her personal story, taking psychological realism to a new level. Leaving these issues aside, this film answers Janeites’ wish to know more about Austen (celebrity intimatization), to appreciate Austen’s talents and success (meritocratic celebrification), to perpetuate the Austen myth and the release of more Austen-related products in the market (celebrity commodification).
|Title of host publication||Disassembling the Celebrity Figure|
|Subtitle of host publication||Credibility and the Incredible|
|Editors||Celia Lam, Jackie Raphael, Millicent Weber|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Apr 2018|
|Name||At the Interface / Probing the Boundaries|