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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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    Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler (writemeg)
    writemeg: Another modern woman's look at life in Jane Austen's era -- with entertaining and surprising results.
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    Jane Austen in Scarsdale: Or Love, Death, and the SATs by Paula Marantz Cohen (elbakerone)
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    Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding (elbakerone)
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    Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter (Alliebadger)
    Alliebadger: Definitely check this out if you liked the other. Both chick lit, both very fast, light, and amusing reads for any Austen fan.
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    Both Sides of Time and Out of Time by Caroline B. Cooney (rosylibrarian)
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    Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure by Emma Campbell Webster (nicole_a_davis)

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Predictable, but in a good way. Henry is perfect in the way any Gesture is to a romanticly-minded lady. ( )
  Karen.Helfrick | Nov 11, 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. ( )
  writerfidora | Oct 26, 2015 |
Pride and Prejudice and Colin Firth are, of course, also my guilty pleasures. (Is there another audience for this book?) I think there's a kernel of a good idea in here. But, no.

In fact, I think the only place that kernel was allowed to ripen fully was in the film version of "Austenland," starring the luminescent but hilarious Keri Russell, a film so over-the-top and bad that it gleefully swims in its over-the-top badness and embraces the full camp potential of a grown woman plunking out a few chords from a Nelly song in a drawing room full of people pretending to live in the Regency. There was something zany and fully-realized in the filmic visualization of the Austen theme park that led me to want to pick up the book and see. Don't get me wrong, it's still a bad movie. But I thought it was the best kind of bad movie.

By contrast, the book's crime is to take itself too seriously. There is zero joy, zero humor, and zero playfulness in this sad chick-lit mess that seems to be written for an eighth grade audience. Sorry, Austenland. ( )
  sansmerci | Oct 14, 2015 |
:) It was a really fun book for Austen and other classic books lover... :)
Shannon Hale, way to go! ( )
  smiley0905 | Sep 3, 2015 |
Aggressively okay. ( )
  archivalistic | Aug 24, 2015 |
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Shannon Haleprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
King, AmyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lind, MonicaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ratchford, PattiCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stemen, SaraDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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