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- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Format: Paperback | 196 pages
- Dimensions: 142mm x 211mm x 14mm | 195g
- Publication date: 27 May 2008
- ISBN 10: 1596912863
- ISBN 13: 9781596912861
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 52,422
Jane is a young New York woman who can never seem to find the right man--perhaps because of her secret obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of `Pride and Prejudice.` When a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-obsessed women, however, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined. Is this total immersion in a fake Austenland enough to make Jane kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?Don't miss Shannon Hale's next book, `Midnight in Austenland,` a mystery set at Pemberly available in February, 2012.
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By Jetches (My Not So Vacant Shelf) 04 Dec 2012
I guess I expected a little too much when I read this. I was expecting to be wisped away like I was when I first read Pride and Prejudice or Emma. That's not saying this novel wasn't good, because it was. The novel is a modern day remake of Pride and Prejudice where Jane is going to a resort where she would be playing the role of an Austen character, and actually ends up becoming a modern day Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice. Now, the Mr. Darcy was pretty swoon worthy...that I will admit. I liked everything about him and his surly attitude. But, they are all actors so I wondered if he was really like that. Mr. Darcy isn't Mr. Darcy without the surly attitude and I'm not sure I would love him if he weren't surly. The novel was a cute read that had me smiling, but I found there were a lot of things that seemed a bit slow, and not necessarily important. I did expect some of the other characters to fit Austen's characters more, and some did, but some also didn't and I guess I will a little disappoint. But, I mean I couldn't expect just a modern retelling of the original story, because that would not be what Hale had in mind. I have to admit I still like the read. I smiled thinking about all things Darcy and all things Miss Elizabeth Bennet. I was brought back into the world of Austen and it would be a dream come true if I was able to spend a day in the story of Pride and Prejudice. I think I would potentially feel like Jane Hayes if I spent more time there that a day or two. I would probably get bored and want a shower. But still, one can dream, right?
Jane-a pretty good modern day Elizabeth Bennet with some twists of her own.
Mr. Darcy-the original bad boy always makes me swoon, and to dream that he could be real and in our modern world makes my knees go weak.
The novel at times was a little slow.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall the novel was well written. I never had to re-read, and I never misunderstood anything. The idea of going to a place called Austenland was original and inviting. Some of the story line was a little slow, but overall the characters were unique and interesting to read about. And of course anything to do with Jane Austen and her characters makes me smile.
By Colleen 26 Aug 2012
"...I don't usually read much contemporary romance, but I can't resist one that's centrally themed around Austen's novels and characters, especially when basically it's a book about people LARPing (and paying out the ass to do it). It's fairly short (I intended only to begin reading it last night, but ended up staying awake and reading it straight through), and about as fluffy as I expected, but I enjoyed it. Once Jane gets to Pembrook Park, it was a lot of fun guessing which characters from Austen's novels were being represented, and at one point, they stage a theatrical similar to the one put on by the young people at Mansfield Park. There were a lot of moments where I laughed out loud, like when a new guest shows up, making the gentleman-to-lady ratio a little uneven, and Jane declares emphatically that she refuses to be the Fanny Price. If you've read Austen (or at least seen the film adaptations, I guess), then you'll probably guess a lot of what is going to happen long before it takes place, but that didn't really ruin the story for me..."
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By Clean Teen Fiction 30 May 2012
This was my second time to read Austenland, and I liked it even better this time. Jane's obsession with the romance in the BBC Pride and Prejudice movie made me want to watch it. I found some clips on the BBCWorldWide channel on You Tube if you're interested.
Jane is someone you really want to root for. The poor girl (woman actually since she's 32) has had a rough love life. Boyfriend after boyfriend turn out to be disappointments. Before the chapters there's a story about each of Jane's "boyfriends" from 4 years old to present. Some were hilarious, some embarrassing, and some just plain sad. I so wanted Jane to be able to find true love.
I'm a huge fan of Jane Austen's books. I've read them all, some multiple times. I would love to go to an Austenland, but maybe one with married couples allowed. I just want to go dress up and learn the dances and go to a ball.
If you haven't read this book you need. It's plain fun, and a short read too. There's a movie being made so get it read before it comes out.
By TeensReadToo 26 Sep 2010
Jane Hayes has a serious problem. And that problem is an obsession -- an obsession with Mr. Darcy, the immortal hero of Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.
When a well-off great-aunt gives Jane a vacation to a Regency-era resort in England, Jane hopes she can finally overcome this obsession of hers. But as she finds herself dressed to the nines in time period apparel and flirting in true Austen fashion with the ever-charming male actors, fantasy and reality blend together until the two are indistinguishable.
This novel, while at times a little unbelievable, was wholly enjoyable and amusing. Not lacking in wit or intelligence, AUSTENLAND is a carefree and lighthearted story that will delight even the most die-hard Austen fans.
Praise for `The Goose Girl` and Shannon Hale: ` In layer upon layer of detail a beautiful coming-of-age story emerges, a tale about learning to rescue yourself rather than falling accidentally into happily-ever-after. Hale uncovers her theme patiently and without preaching, focusing not on the moral but on the adventures her heroine must face in order to learn the lessons herself.` -- `New York Times Book Review``` ` Shannon Hale is already, after only a few books, one of our best writers of fantasy. She is also one of those rare storytellers who can bring a jaded old reviewer like me to well-earned tears.` -- Orson Scott Card ` I was completely beguiled...Hale's writing is beautiful, with a vivid eye for detail.` -- Justine Picardie, `Telegraph ```