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Being Elizabeth Bennet: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure [Hardcover]

Emma Campbell Webster
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8 Oct 2007
Elizabeth Bennet is the wittiest and most attractive heroine in English literature. And for the first time, in "Being Elizabeth Bennet", you are given the opportunity to star in the most popular novel in the English language: "Pride and Prejudice". You will be faced throughout this book with delicate challenges and dangerous choices. Whether you're accepting Mr Darcy the first time he professes his attachment, deciding to elope with Mr Wickham or avoiding a murderous Lady Catherine de Bourgh, this is a chance to rewrite Austen's most famous book. You decide who to marry and when. And if you have always preferred Mr Knightley's sophistication or have a sneaking admiration for the odious Mr Elliot then you can marry them instead. However, make choices with caution: "Being Elizabeth Bennet" is packed with characters and plot twists to thwart your happy union with Pemberly's most eligible bachelor. You must complete five stages - and successfully negotiate your way through Austen's five other novels - before can choose to accept Mr Darcy. But if the outcome does not suit, simply return to page 1 and create a new Jane Austen adventure.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; 1st Edition edition (8 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184354606X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843546061
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 14.4 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emma Campbell Webster lives in London. She is an actress as well as an author. This is her first book.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A FUN GAME INSPIRED BY JANE AUSTEN 13 Jun 2012
This is a very fun game inspired by Jane Austen's novels. Having said that, I should make perfectly clear that this is not a novel, it is not even meant to be read like a book, from beginning to end; it is a game. The basic idea is to put the reader in Elizabeth's place and of course to accomplish what any respectable Jane Austen heroine most passionately desires; finding the ideal husband, which in Elizabeth's case is Mr Darcy. However, the book may be titled Being Elizabeth Bennet, but draws elements from most of Austen's novels, her heroines and naturally the prospective husbands of her novels.

The game is divided into five stages and the reader, being Elisabeth has to make choices, answer questions and solve challenges in order to advance to each stage. Correct answers and wise choices add points to the lists of Accomplishments, Intelligence, Confidence, Connections and Fortune, which the player has to start before playing the game. However failing tests and challenges causes the player to deduct points from the lists and may lead to utter and most of the times, hilarious failures; on my first attempt being Elizabeth Bennet, I ended up as a retired actress, living alone and in shame. What is really great about this game though, is that you can play as many times as you like, make different choices, and explore all the different endings.

The book - game is beautifully written in the style of Jane Austen and although it has some mistakes, it beautifully immerses the reader into Austen's world.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a brilliant idea! Great fun. 4 Oct 2008
I feel moved to write this review having just read the 1 star comments.
I think this is a fantastic idea and a brilliant idea. I have loved following different paths through Jane Austen's novels and wondering what might have happened had Elizabeth Bennett chosen a different route.
The idea of the reader making narrative choices of this kind in an adult book, and through a literary landscape so well-known to many, is inspirational. I think this book is a lot of fun and I'll be buying it for all my girl-friends for Christmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes. Like it. 16 Oct 2007
Well I must say I was delighted, much to my own surprise, to find this book before what turned out a pleasant train journey. I have never read any Jane Austen and I gather if I had I would have derived a lot more pleasure from the inside jokes in a manner of words, but none the less I found it very ammusing and most entertaining. I was attracted by the 'choose your own path' element as I've not seen that style since I was a lad playing the vaguely similar fantasy role-play books. I thought it sheer genius and very well created literary humour on many levels, with an unexpected level of social wit and commentary or observations that I'm sure anyone human can relate to. If you're the type to be embaressed by finding yourself laughing out loud on the train or bus, leave this book in your bedroom. A must for anyone with a sense of humour and reading skills.
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I've read a few reviews of people who claim to have found this book not to their tastes or not what they were expecting, and so have marked it rather negatively. Some international reviewers never even made it to the end of the book! I honestly think that is a great shame, because in my opinion Being Elizabeth Bennet has to be the funniest book I've read all year.

Yes, of course it follows the storyline of Pride and Prejudice.
Yes, of course the way to marry Darcy is to follow what Elizabeth did in the book (well, it worked the first time...).
Yes, of course a fair number of the alternative endings are utterly ridiculous, they're meant to be!

But where else can you find an author with such obvious affection of a story to so warmly poke fun at its characters and situations? Yes, some of the normal ways of life in Austen's day were different, and this book makes the most of pointing that out. Elizabeth wasn't a perfect heroine either, just as Darcy wasn't the perfect hero, and it's perhaps that that endears them to us in the first place, and allows this book its greatest moments to shine.

I recommend reading with multiple bookmarks so that once you've explored one avenue you can go back and try another, because you'll want to know all the endings and make sure you don't miss a single page. :)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not fun... 18 Nov 2013
Although never a fan of the original 'Choose Your Own Adventure' books as a child, I bought this book with the idea that it would be fun to 'be' Elizabeth Bennet. How wrong I was...

The book is divided into five stages, all based around Austen's five novels but also including certain events from her own life. So, although you are Elizabeth Bennet you also meet other Austen characters along the way including Henry Tilney, Willoughby, Colonel Brandon etc. At first this is quite interesting, seeing how Webster tries to intertwine the character's lives, but after a while I found myself wishing she would get back to the standard Pride & Prejudice story and stop interrupting it with characters who had no right to be there!

The 'story', which flits from page to page, follows the timeline of P&P quite well at times but at others it barely resembles it at all. At the end of each smaller section the reader is given a question to answer which has two choices. The 'right' answer will see you progress further through the book, whilst the 'wrong' one will see your story end, usually in a pretty blood-thirsty or depressing way. On my first attempt, I chose the 'wrong' answer and ended up being beaten senseless - not something I ever remember happening in any of Austen's novels!

I persevered a little longer before meeting yet another depressing end, at which point I admitted defeat. The problem is that even when you do something good, the 'voice' of the narrator chips in to tell you it's bad. Said something intelligent or witty? Deduct points as women shouldn't be seen to be either. Solved a mystery using your own power of logic? Deduct more points as women shouldn't be seen to be more intelligent than men; you'll never get a husband that way after all!
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