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 Prejudice. 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?
I think that's probably the first book, played in our time and connected to Austen that i've ever read. And even though i have Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, it's also the first book by the author i read.
Austenland is a really small and light read. It might be Austen related but has nothing to do on the matter of writing like Austen.It's simpler but still has its own magic.
It keeps the romance but it's more real. And at the same time, it's so funny. I mean Star Wars reference in an Austen related book? Unbelievable but fitted so well. It wasn'ts few the times i was giggling or laughing with Jane.
It shows how the romance of that time is most times now, but doesn't destroy it either. And it does make a really good point, that some times we might fall in love with a book but we wouldn't really like it if were to get live in that world. Because let's say the truth...could we really in Austen's world? Were women didn't have the freedom we have, wore those heavy dress, with no technology to spent our time? Yeah...i think most of us, just love the world from away. At least i understand it, when i read it Austenland, because i felt exactly how Jane felt.
That to say, i really connected with Jane even though she was older than me. Her thoughts and concerns reached my easily and it helped me more to get in the story. She might let herself falls easily from time to time, but she doesn't act stupidly and doesn't see what she does wrong. I liked how she grew though the whole story but she didn't forget what her love for Austen either.
Entertaining, fast paced and perfect if you want a stand alone novel for a day's break.