Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on 2010-08-10
Genres: Fiction, General
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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?
My thoughts: After being bullied into watching the movie Austenland by one of my best friends, I quickly became addicted to all things Jane Austen– I’ve started a vicious obsession of reading (and watching) any and all adaptations and spinoffs of Jane Austen–this “spin off” book included.
While I loved this book (really, loved it!), I do have to say– for the first time, I think EVER, that I actually enjoyed the movie more. In the movie, I felt more of a connection between Jane and Mr. Nobley. And really, who doesn’t love JJ Feild? The addition of some scenes in the movie were entertaining and really added to the story. Plus, Mr. Nobley’s “main” profession in the movie really added a lot to the love story and made it feel less… fake. But I digress.
Overall, I like the feel movie more, but some of the characters in the book won me over– Miss Charming is a delight in the book– I have to try hard to not hate her (annoying!) in the movie. The interactions between Martin and Jane in the book add much more realism to the relationship than in the movie… and then there are Nobley quotes. Oh, my Goodreads is filled with Nobley quotes.