I just finished reading Austenland by Shannon Hale and I loved it! This is not a review because I’m not much of a writer but just a general squee about the book. I’ve read all of Shannon Hale’s young adult books and some of them are in my list of favorites. Austenland is Shannon Hale’s first adult novel.
This is the premise: Thirty-three-year-old Jane Hayes is obsessed with Mr. Darcy, as portrayed by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. This obsession is the cause of her failed relationships because she always compares the guys to Mr. Darcy and they come up short of her expectations. Her great-aunt bequeaths her with a vacation to Pembrook Park, a resort where everyone speaks, dresses and acts like they’re in one of Jane Austen’s novels. Jane decides to go to finally get over her Mr. Darcy addiction. Austenland narrates her three-week stay at Pembrook Park and her interactions with fellow guests and actors paid to romance them, Regency style.
I highly recommend this to fans of Jane Austen. It’s a light, fun read and I’m sure girls will be able to relate to the main character. It made me want to watch the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice but I don’t know where I can get it. I only saw the film adaptation with Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet.
I found an excerpt from Shannon Hale’s website if anyone wants to check it out. 🙂
Here’s a quote from the book:
“One reason why I am unmarried is because there aren’t enough men with guts to put away their little boy fears and commit their love and stick it out.”
“And perhaps the men do not stick it out for a reason.”
“And what reason might that be?”
“The reason is women.” He slammed his book shut. “Women make life impossible until the man has to be the one to end it. There is no working it out past a certain point. How can anyone work out the lunacy?”