1. They love to read. Obviously.
And don't we all??? Reading is one of those enjoyable passtimes that simply never burns out. Elizabeth improved her mind by extensive reading. Catherine stayed up late to read Ann Radcliffe and other ghost stories. Marianne was in love with Shakespeare's sonnets. (Only Emma seems to tire of a good book after a few pages.) See? Just like us.
Still not convinced? Good. We're not through yet.
2. They get annoyed with their siblings sometimes.
Remember when Lydia flirted with all the gentlemen at the ball? And when Margaret blurted out the last initial of Elinor's secret crush? Yeah. Siblings can be frustrating at times. (Yet after all, we still love them.) (Even Lizzy wanted good for Lydia, did she not?)
3. They welcome male attention.
Oh, come on. What girl doesn't want a handsome guy to smile at her, talk with her, hang out with her? You know you do, and so do Emma and Catherine and Marianne and Elizabeth...all of them, yeah. Just be careful of the Wickhams and Willoughbys of the world, right? ;-)
4. They have different talents and dreams.
Marianne is musically gifted. Emma longs to travel. Lizzy is as intelligent as they come. All of them want to marry for love. We all have various gifts and aspirations, too, making us different from one another but united in the pursuit of our hopes and dreams.
5. They're not perfect.
Just like us, these ladies are not perfect. Emma can gossip with the best of them, and Marianne is rather vain. Lizzy is judgmental, and Anne throws away true love. But you know that they all learn from their mistakes and become better people because of it. Just like we can.
As I said, we may come from different worlds, but we're not that different really. Not at all.
What other ways do you find that Austen heroines are just like us?