Jane Austen Made Me Do It

Jane Austen Made Me Do It

Original Stories Inspired by Literature's Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart

Book - 2011
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"Stories by: Lauren Willig, Adriana Trigiani, Jo Beverley, Alexandra Potter, Laurie Viera Rigler, Frank Delaney & Diane Meier, Syrie James, Stephanie Barron, Amanda Grange, Pamela Aidan, Elizabeth Aston, Carrie Bebris, Diana Birchall, Monica Fairview, Janet Mullany, Jane Odiwe, Beth Pattillo, Myretta Robens, Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway, Maya Slater, Margaret C. Sullivan, and the winner of a story contest hosted by the Republic of Pemberley website. "My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." If you just heaved a contented sigh at Mr. Darcy's heartfelt words, then you, dear reader, are in good company. Here is a delightful collection of never-before-published stories inspired by Jane Austen--her novels, her life, her wit, her world. In Lauren Willig's "A Night at Northanger," a young woman who doesn't believe in ghosts meets a familiar specter at the infamous abbey; Jane Odiwe's "Waiting" captures the exquisite uncertainty of Persuasion's Wentworth and Anne as they await her family's approval of their betrothal; Adriana Trigiani's "Love and Best Wishes, Aunt Jane" imagines a modern-day Austen giving her niece advice upon her engagement; in Diana Birchall's "Jane Austen's Cat," our beloved Jane tells her nieces "cat tales" based on her novels; Laurie Viera Rigler's "Intolerable Stupidity" finds Mr. Darcy bringing charges against all the writers of Pride and Prejudice sequels, spin-offs, and retellings; in Janet Mullany's "Jane Austen, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!" a teacher at an all-girls school invokes the Beatles to help her students understand Sense and Sensibility; and in Jo Beverley's "Jane and the Mistletoe Kiss," a widow doesn't believe she'll have a second chance at love. until a Miss Austen suggests otherwise. Regency or contemporary, romantic or fantastical, each of these marvelous stories reaffirms the incomparable influence of one of history's most cherished authors. Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more. RandomHouseReadersCircle.com"--
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, c2011.
ISBN: 9780345524966
Characteristics: xv, 445 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Nattress, Laurel Ann

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Aug 07, 2013

I really really really wanted to like this book. I love Jane Austen so much, and I know several of the authors who wrote for this are amazing. But I'm not a huge fan of short stories, and there's only so much you can do with a Regency romance, it seems. After the fourth "Jane Austen or one of her characters visits the modern world from beyond the grave" story, I started getting a little impatient. There were two or three notable stories that did an excellent job of being either unique period pieces or being modern pieces with a subtle Austen-esque flair. I expect that someone who is slightly more enamored of Regency romance might enjoy it more than I do, especially fans of supernatural romance, and Persuasion (I admit it- it's everyone's favorite, and my second-to-last favorite).

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