Austenland

Austenland (Austenland #1) By: Shannon Hale

Austenland

Austenland (Austenland #1) By: Shannon Hale

Plot:

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 love life: no real man can compare. But 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, Jane struggles to master 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 fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?

Review:

I really liked this movie and I enjoy reading books movies are based on, so reading this was a no brainer.

Anyway, there were parts of the book I enjoyed more than the movie and there were parts of the movie that I enjoyed more. The book added more character information and you got to see what Jane was thinking better than the book. She also didn’t come off as a Pride and Prejudice obsessed loser like in the movie. I thought the ending was much better in the book as well.

Movie wise I thought the pacing was better. Parts of the book kind of dragged and I could easily see the boredom Jane was experiencing.

I can completely understand her infatuation with Pride and Prejudice and all things Austen. I haven’t read all of Austen’s work, but easily one of my favorite books is P&P. The Colin Firth movie has also imprinted on my mind, but I just can’t see myself going native like Jane does. Of course I haven’t had the horrible relationships that she has.

If you liked the movie or Jane Austen I would definitely recommend this book.

4/5

Austenland (2013)

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Directed By:

Jerusha Hess

Starring:

Keri Russell

JJ Feild

Jennifer Coolidge

Plot:

Obsessed with Pride and Prejudice (1995), a woman travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman.

Review:

So I’m a girl, which pretty much means I love Pride and Prejudice. Yes, I do know some women who don’t like it but they’re weird. I love it. Not on the same level as Keri Russell’s character in this movie though.

Jennifer Coolidge was freaking hilarious. Story was very Austen. Definitely going to be buying this.

4.5/5