Why do single girls love Jane Austen?

I think it’s a phenomenon that men and women have been trying to explain for a long time.

Is it because of the men?

Is it because we wish to express ourselves in a world where wit and honesty are more valued than beauty and fluff?

“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” — Elizabeth Bennet

Or does she really understand what it’s like to be a single girl, regardless of the era?

“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”

Whatever the reason, I don’t think that Jane is leaving us any time soon. And now I want to go watch Persuasion.