Friday, 17 July 2015

Book Review: Austenland by Shannon Hale

Title: Austenland
Author: Shannon Hale
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: 2013 (2007)
Pages: 208
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fiction / Chick Lit
Source: Bought Copy

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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 Predjudice. 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? (Goodreads Synopsis)

Austenland is a sweet and funny story. A little cheesy at times, but that is part of its charm. Now, I came to this book after seeing the film and I must say, this is one of those rare instances when the film exceeds the book. Some plot elements were changed for the film, and I think those changes improved the story and the character development. But I still found the book an enjoyable quick read (even though I normally hate chick lit) and recommend it for Austen fans. (I know I wish Austenland were real so I could go there too!) Once you've read the book, though, see the movie!

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