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Austenland: A Novel by Shannon Hale

Austenland: A Novel (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Shannon Hale

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Title:Austenland: A Novel
Authors:Shannon Hale
Info:Bloomsbury USA (2008), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 208 pages
Collections:Romance, Your library (inactive)

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Austenland by Shannon Hale (2007)

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    Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter (Alliebadger)
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Jane Hayes has had a succession of boyfriends over her 33 years, but none has ever lived up to her obsession with Mr. Darcy, specifically Mr. Darcy as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaption of Pride and Prejudice. In her will an elderly aunt bequests Jane a 3-week vacation in “Austenland”, a rather secret regency era resort in England. Ladies of a particular class go there to experience Jane Austen’s era. Actors play characters similar to Ms. Austen’s characters. Although most vacationer’s visit to lose themselves in the Austen experience, Jane goes to try and rid herself of her obsessions. Well, as usual things don’t always go as the heroine plans.
This was a light fun read and Jane Austen fans would enjoy being immersed in “Austenland” with a modern twist.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
I read this again for book club. It is a quick, light read, and humorous at times; however, I am not quite sure about the author's message. ( )
  AdrienneJS | May 18, 2015 |
A very charming novel for any and all fans of Jane Austen, particularly the ones who find themselves a bit obsessed with the world (and I know so many people who are).

Jane is just the kind of heroine I appreciate, who is a bit hopeless but still refuses to back down, having just the right amount of spunk. I sympathized with her throughout the whole story, but at the very end I was so TALLYHO with her!

Shannon Hale really knows how to write an effective ending. I mean, the beginning of the ending was good enough, but... it would've left me wanting just a bit more. But then she gave me more! It was awesome. ( )
  BrynDahlquis | May 10, 2015 |
At times, knowing what you're in for can be comforting, relaxing even. I often reread favourite novels for precisely this reason, to be on familiar terrain, to know everything that is going to happen. I find it relaxing.

Ultimately, this is what I enjoyed about Austenland: it's predictability. While I had not previously read it, the blurb, and the premise of the novel made it clear to me that this would be chick-lit with an Austen flavour. No doubt distantly related to Bridget Jones's Diary. Great. I wasn't sitting down to The Expendables and hoping for Julius Caesar.

True to form, it required a very healthy suspension of disbelief (the biggest for me was the entire plot driver: Jane's Aunt Carolyn/Caroline knowing she is obsessed with Colin Firth's Darcy based on her single status and a hidden DVD? That's one Sherlockian relo).

At times supporting characters were drawn a little thin; the audience learns so little about the motivations or back stories of the either the characters the actors of Austenland are playing, or the actors themselves, that it's difficult to imagine any characters connecting on a meaningful level, let alone falling in love. I can only conclude that whist must have aphrodisiac-like qualities.

Finally, most women I know are also fully aware that Mr Darcy, is ultimately a fictional character, and that the romantic expectations portrayed in Pride & Prejudice are not entirely an accurate representation of healthy productive real life relationships. So, the perpetuation of this notion that women need to exorcise their enjoyment/occasional indulgence of these fantasies in order to find a fulfilling relationship was a touch grating. But, narrative tension is required I suppose.

Quibbles aside, while I'm not in a hurry to rush out and read the next 'Austenland' instalment, overall I enjoyed this book.

P.s. Do people really feel they need to hide their Pride and Prejudice DVD's?
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  Le_e | Apr 10, 2015 |
I am a HUGE Jane Austen fan. So, when Cyndi from “A Utah Mom’s Life“, suggested this book, I downloaded it. I loved this book and the adventures Jane (Jane in the book, not The Jane) has in Austenland. I don’t know if there is such a place, but wouldn’t it be amazing to jump back in time and meet people that are from Pride and Prejudice? Jane has a great sense of humor and does admit the corsets get old, not being able to be alone with a male is stifling, and lack of cellphones can be a bit hard. However, she has her own adventure, has some love challenges, and finds her happily ever after…or so I hope. The ending did seem a bit rushed, but it was in perfect Austen form-love always prevails! ( )
  booksintheburbs | Feb 24, 2015 |
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King, AmyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lind, MonicaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ratchford, PattiCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Colin Firth

You're a really great guy, but I'm married,

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a thirty-something woman in possession of a satisfying career and fabulous hairdo must be in want of very little, and Jane Hayes, pretty enough and clever enough, was certainly thought to have little to distress her.
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From the dust jacket: "Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her life. No real man can compare.
When a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined. Decked out in empire- waist gowns, stripped of her modern appliances, Jane throws herself into mastering Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen - or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them.
It's all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to vanish. Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?"
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Because her obsession with Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life, Jane Hayes is delighted when she gets the chance to take a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, where she hopes to meet a perfect Regency-era gentleman of her own. By the author of Princess Academy.… (more)

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