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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (28 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140884009X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408840092
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adorable! This is the best tribute to obsessed Austen freaks (like me) that I've ever read (Stephenie Meyer)

Gloriously satisfying. (Glamour)

Allow me to direct you to the best Austen tribute since Karen Joy Fowler's The Jane Austen Book Club: Shannon Hale's clever and imaginative Austenland ... Hale's charming first book for adults is chick lit with soul (Bookpage)

Funny, moving and a real surprise (USA Today)

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The funny, charming novel set at a Jane Austen fantasy camp for women, from New York Times-bestselling author Shannon Hale.

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Dec. 2010
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I am always fascinated by Jane Austen related books so I had to give this one a try. The idea is an intriguing one. Jane Hayes is obsessed with all things Austen. Her great aunt feels she will never find happiness unless she gets over her obsession and stops comparing every man she meets with Mr Darcy. When she dies she leaves Jane an all expenses paid trip to England to spend three weeks in a country house living like Jane Austen's heroines did to try and rid her of her obsession.

Jane is renamed Jane Erstwhile and finds herself amongst a group of people - some of whom are actors and some are, like her, on holiday. She is kitted out with appropriate clothes and given a whole sheaf of instructions about how to behave. At first Jane finds it all a bit difficult and considers giving up and going home. But then she finds herself sinking into the whole experience. I thought the tension between the real people and the fantasy was very well done. I did enjoy the book and like Jane I found myself confused between whether people were acting in character or being themselves. I loved the idea of `Austenland' and wonder whether there really are such experiences available.

Overall this is an intriguing book and I liked the characters - especially trying to work out whether people were acting in character or being themselves. The dialogue was realistic and could have come from an historical novel set in the early 19th century. I found the emotions Jane experienced convincing and I loved the ending - it's absolutely perfect. Yes there are minor inaccuracies but they didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bron on 2 Feb. 2013
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Jane is willed a holiday in Austenland by her great aunt who observes her obsession with Pride and Prejudice and her lack of successful relationships - Austenland where you can live out your favourite Jane Austen book fantasy in costume, manners, outings and men. At first Jane is ambivalent about immersing herself in the fantasy and tries to find something real to cling on to but she then decides to live the fantasy to its fullest in an effort to say goodbye to her desire for a Darcy ideal man.

The idea of the book is good but the plot is thin and there is not enough character development. The romantic ending is predictable but still surprising because the attraction between the characters is not shown with sufficient strength.

There are a few glaring mistakes such as the character who says he is from Sheffield and therefore obviously supports Man U!

A sweet book, but the idea could have been built into a better and more satisfying result.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mary-The Sweet Bookshelf on 6 Nov. 2011
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I have only just moments ago finished Austenland and I am still in its lovely bubble. I feel euphoric actually. Like I have taken a drug and don't ever want to stop. Shannon Hale is a master writer. Not to mention she is hilarious. Bravo to her. I don't know how she did it? How did she make me feel like I was seconds from getting my first kiss. You remember the feeling? You're feeling lightheaded, butterflies are going rampant in your stomach, and your breath is quickening. Yet, you are holding it for fear the moment will pass without you having that special kiss you long for? I remember that feeling, and it is in full glory throughout this book. I think I felt breathless for more than half of the book. I think this is the feeling, the reason, we women are addicted to all things Jane Austen. No need for smutty details in books, the light touch of his hand on the small of her back was enough to get me going!

I can not adequately express how much I enjoyed this book. I was fully engrossed in every page, and I think I'm going to have to have me a Jane Austen movie fest with the baby today. I'm in love with Mr. Nobely as much as I am in love with Mr.Darcy, and that is hard to do!

The dedication to the books read: "For Colin Firth: You're a really great guy, but I'm married, so I think we should just be friends." Isn't that hilarious!! Ha! My sister Amy said her dedication would read like this: "For Colin Firth, I'm already married, but I'd give it all up for you! Call me!"

Austenland is currently being made into a movie starring Kerri Russel and JJ Fields. Produced and financed by Stephenie Meyer. LOVE! I can't wait to see it!

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"What are you doing?"
"Ya!" said Jane, whirling around, her hands held up menacingly.
It was Mr.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on 25 Aug. 2010
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I was a little hesitant about buying this book, as some of the reviews are not good at all. Eventually, I decided to give it a shot, and it was money well spent. The right mix of silliness and feel-good, with the true passion for Austen that makes it feel inspired. For all the Mr Darcy lovers out there...and all those who'd like a light but good summer read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Feb. 2014
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I am a Jane Austen fan, read everything she wrote, enjoy the adaptations. So, I could not have pass on the opportunity to read "Austenland" after I watched the film by the same name.

"Austenland" the film is somewhat enjoyable, and occasionally funny. The book, while being different from the film (not so funny, I thought), still provided light entertainment (alas, there was no Jennifer Coolidge). The whole Jane Austen and Mr Darcy obsession of the main character felt completely believable to me, yet the flimsiness and silliness of heroine when it came to men in her life spoiled the book for me. Same with the romance - there was really no believable chemistry between the leads, but a lot of sentimental gibberish sprinkled with weak attempts at regency. I think the idea of "Austenland" retreat sound good when thought of and discussed, but was not executed to its full potential. The whole actors playing falling in love with rich ladies who pay money to wear Nineteenth century dresses felt somewhat surreal to me...

It is not a classic, it's not Jane Austen, it's not an attempt at a regency novel, but a typical chicklit book sprinkled with regency drama, a very light entertainment. Do not expect a vivid historic drama or a heart-breaking love story. That said, it's only 208 pages long and the cover is exquisitely designed. I would not mind checking out the second book of the series.
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