- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Hyperion Books (Jan. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401301177
- ISBN-13: 978-1401301170
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,423,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Jane Austen's Guide to Dating Paperback – Jan 2005
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'There's plenty on the cauchemars of courtship in an age of commitment-phobia' (Independent) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Lauren Henderson draws on all of Jane Austen's wit and wisdom to set down the ten first principles for a successful love life and finding a serious partner --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Did disagree now and then with the author's comments though: she praises the heroine of Northanger Abbey for 'not obsessing' about her heartthrob and getting on with her life by reading 'The Mysteries of Udolpho'. But the Udolpho book was considered a wild romantic read, and Jane Austen was satirising the heroine's addiction to this kind of fiction, rather than approving of it.
And don't let's forget: Jane Austen fell in love, would dearly loved to have married, but never did, and one wonders if she can really be considered an expert on men and relationships.
I read this more for the Jane Austen connection than the actual dating advice (I'm married!), but I was ashamed to recognise myself in some of the behaviour patterns. If only I'd had this book in my twenties!
The book also contains a quiz to tell you which Austen character you are most like and which is most like your partner, to see if you are compatible. I was very excited to discover that I'm Elizabeth Bennett (if only!) and a little dissappointed to discover my husband didn't quite make Mr Darcy. However, he did come out as a Captain Wentworth which as all Jane Austen fans know, is a pretty close second and not to be scoffed at!
Finally, if you've never read any Austen, the book finishes witht a brief plot outline of all her six major works to wet your appetite. Read it, you'll love it and then read or re-read Austen's novels and see for yourself how true this book is.
This fun and insightful book is full of sage advice and witty strategies that will make you really think about the actions of others and how to judge a person's character. Complete with a quiz to find out your perfect match, this indispensable guide is a must-have for all those romantics out there who want to understand the world and those individuals within it from Jane Austen's perspective. How do you know if the man you're living with is not a Wickham or Henry Crawford in disguise?Read more ›
This is certainly not a book for someone looking for a quick fling, it's more for those girls who are wanting to find someone long term, or someone to settle down with.
The best thing about this book is that it focuses on British women. A nice change from the ridiculous number of American dating guides. The author herself even points out that the mistake many women make is to read american dating guides, and then wonder why they aren't getting the results. What to remember is that British and American cultures are not as similar as we think they are. This book is a good example of this, and it never insults either culture.
Each chapter is layed out well, she discusses relationships in terms of Jane Austen novels, but then gives modern day examples. This helps to show her points really clearly, and gives them a bit more depth or understanding.
The quiz at the end was good fun, and allows you to work out your personality type (based on Austen's characters) and also to work out your man's personality type, and then tells you if those two are compatible and why. Sounds like a regular old personality test from a cheesy mag, I hear you say! Well, it has that feel too it, but I have to say, it's results are actually pretty accurate. It got my personality down fine, and also the personality of the type of man I prefer, so that impressed me.
I'd say the thing I found most annoying about this book was the fact that there were so many examples!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting concept to dateing makes you think of the people you attract into you life and have a relationship with.Published on 10 May 2013 by Ms Susan Gylee
I enjoyed how this book analysed the work of Jane Austen, the characters and the plots and using them to form rules that apply to today's 'dating world'. Read morePublished on 17 April 2012 by melsybells
This book was sadly disappointing. While the insights into Jane Austen's characters and their interaction was very interesting, most of the book covered modern day examples,... Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2011 by Tina Hart
Even as a 67-year-old grandmother I enjoyed reading this well-thought through dating guide - pity it wasn't around when I was young!!!Published on 24 Jan. 2010 by Wendy Meenenga
I have to say what an utterly brilliant book. I have just come out of a 5 year relationship and feeling pretty low and scared about how I can ever meet anyone else. Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2009 by S. Clarke