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These Snarky Jane Austen Goods are More Than Tolerable

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Tirzah Price

Senior Contributing Editor

Most of Tirzah Price's life decisions have been motivated by a desire to read as many books as humanly possible. Tirzah holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has worked as an independent bookseller and librarian. She’s also the author of the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries, published by HarperTeen, and Bibliologist at TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations. Follow her on Twitter @TirzahPrice.

Jane Austen gets a lot of praise and attention for her love stories, and while I do enjoy the enemies-to-lovers dynamic of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy and the romantic banter between Emma Woodhouse and Mr. Knightly, I think that Jane Austen’s work tends to be pigeon-holed as romances. The reality is that Austen’s books are as satirical as they are romantic, and they poked a lot of fun at social norms and expectations even as they told some truly romantic stories.

Jane Austen was also a genuinely funny person with a very dry sense of humor — you can see it in the dialogue she gives Mr. Bennet, in the sly authorial voice that is present in many of her novels, and of course, in her surviving letters, particularly those she wrote her sister Cassandra. If Jane Austen were alive today, I bet she’d be the author of some really great memes…and I definitely think she’d approve of these snarky, sarcastic, and funny goods that give a sly nod to some of her funniest lines and characters, and showcase that her characters are as beloved for their wits as they are for their memorable romances!

A black mug with pink flowers and the words "I have never desired your good opinion"

I Have Never Desired Your Good Opinion Mug ($20): Is it bad that I want to buy this mug and keep it on my desk at work?

a set if four pink cards with florals and witty lines from Austen's works

Sarcastic Jane Austen Valentines ($6): These instant download Valentines bring me instant gratification.

a white tea towel that reads, in black cursive "What excellent boiled potatoes!"

What Excellent Boiled Potatoes Tea Towel ($25): Show me an Austen fan who doesn’t need this in their kitchen!

a black and white mug with an illustration of all the "bad boys" of Austen's novels

Jane Austen’s Bad Boys Mug ($27): Come on, you know an Austen fan who loves Wickham and Willoughby more than anything…

A black t-shirt with the words "Barely tolerable;e" written in fancy font

Barely Tolerable T-Shirt ($24): Wear it with pride.

A small candle tin with a wax mold of Pemberley inside it, and snarky quotes from the book on the label

Snarky Pemberley Scented Candle ($26): So pretty and funny, you might never want to burn it.

a white vinyl sticker that reads "She has many rare and charming qualities, but sobriety is not one of them"

She Has Many Rare and Charming Qualities Sticker ($3): Just Jane, telling it like it is.

a white mug with a bullet list that reads "money, projects, burden to parents, frightened" with the last two items checked

Future Prospects Mug ($16): We are channeling our inner Charlotte Lucas with this mug.

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