Jane Austen

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Elizabeth in the New World

Elizabeth in the New World starts out reading like over-the-top Pride and Prejudice fanfiction - until the parade of clichéd characters and racist stereotypes began, and my initial amusement turned to incredulity, then anger, then repulsion, then disgust.  By the end of the book, I was beyond done ...

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Love Around the Corner

The Shop Around the Corner is one of my favourite films.  Set around Christmas time, it tells the story of two co-workers who don’t get on and bicker all the time in spite of the attraction that sparks between them – and which they ignore. He thinks she’s stuck-up, she thinks he’s crass and ...

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Pride and Prejudice (#3 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance review originally published on December 18, 2000 Blythe: Few people who knew me in high school would have guessed how much I loved Pride and Prejudice. The image I cultivated was more sarcastic and smart alecky than romantic, and I definitely preferred jeans to prom dresses ...

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The Jane Austen Project

Confession time.  When I picked up The Jane Austen Project for review, I really didn’t expect it to be a book I couldn’t put down.  I thought the premise - two time travellers go back to 1815 to meet Jane Austen and secure a previously unpublished manuscript - was interesting (which was why I ...

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Sense and Sensibility - Manga Classics

Janeites, relax. Your beloved author’s works continue to be in great hands with the talented folks at Udon Entertainment. I couldn’t put this book down, which was really awkward considering that I was reading an advance pdf on my laptop and I had to schlep the whole computer around the house whi ...

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The Girl from Summer Hill

I had my doubts in the opening pages as the heroine spots a gorgeous naked man on her porch. When I discovered this is another homage to Pride and Prejudice I rolled my eyes. What was I in for? It turns out I was in for a fun romance in which a local theater company is putting on P&P with most o ...

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Emma - Manga Classics

Although I enjoyed and recommended Udon Entertainment’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (part of their Manga Classics line), a few issues held it back from DIK status. Happily, these issues have been resolved in their second Austen adaptation, Emma. Fun, fast-paced, and visually engaging, Emma i ...

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For Darkness Shows the Stars

Jane Austen’s books are so timeless and classic, it’s easy to forget that many of her characters’ problems and the stories’ plots are based on the social mores of a specific time and place in history. It’s only when reading Diana Peterfreund’s Persuasion-inspired For Darkness Shows the S ...

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Sense & Sensibility

For those who don’t know, the HarperCollins Austen Project is reimagining the Jane Austen novels under the auspices of “six bestselling contemporary authors”. (As opposed to, like, the thousands who do it on FanFiction or who aren’t bestselling contemporary authors.) First up is Joanna Troll ...

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The Tutor's Daughter

The Tutor’s Daughter is largely inspired by Jane Austen. Her actual life, that is, as opposed to her works, although I am sure that they had some influence as well. It is an interesting look at one possible turn Jane’s life could have taken if she had been a teacher rather than a writer. Miss ...