Can Elizabeth Bennet Make it Mainstream?

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It is a strange question.  For fans of Jane Austen they will argue that she already is and that she always have been. The main character and heroine of Pride and Prejudice is a beloved character by many from literature, especially for those that consider themselves fans of Jane Austen.  She is adored because of her unusual circumstances, a member of the lesser nobility, but one that is in danger of losing the status if she cannot be married.  Despite the needs to subjugate herself to a man, she never loses her own voice and opinion, and it is thus almost by accident that she comes to be enamored with Mr. Darcy, her one time foe.  Most fans of the character will say that mainstream means that a character is easily recognizable and even that some fundamental attributes of the character will be known aside from simple name recognition.  While…

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