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The movie is one of my favorites, so I was so excited to learn that it was based on a book Unfortunately, this is one of the rare cases where I enjoy the moviethan the book Movie Jane was a raging Austen fangirl and just a tad pitiful, which was totally relatable and made me root for her Book Jane seemed to have her lifeor less together, so it wasn t as satisfying an experience Still a pleasant read and I totally want to visit Austenland, but I think I would have enjoyed itThe movie is one of my favorites, so I was so excited to learn that it was based on a book Unfortunately, this is one of the rare cases where I enjoy the moviethan the book Movie Jane was a raging Austen fangirl and just a tad pitiful, which was totally relatable and made me root for her Book Jane seemed to have her lifeor less together, so it wasn t as satisfying an experience Still a pleasant read and I totally want to visit Austenland, but I think I would have enjoyed itif I had read this before watching the movie I read this book all the way through only because I love Jane Austen, and because the concept of the book was quirky and irresisistible It kind of felt like eating an entire bag of cotton candy I guess I just don t like chick lit, maybe But the author of this book seems to have written mostly children s books before, and this struck me as a children s book but for women And not even a well written children s book The dialogue in spots was read out loud bad and the main character was fla I read this book all the way through only because I love Jane Austen, and because the concept of the book was quirky and irresisistible It kind of felt like eating an entire bag of cotton candy I guess I just don t like chick lit, maybe But the author of this book seems to have written mostly children s books before, and this struck me as a children s book but for women And not even a well written children s book The dialogue in spots was read out loud bad and the main character was flat and just not believable At least, she wasn t like any grown woman I ve ever met Her transformation was forced and shallow.I have to admit I did like the ending, though It was cute and I at least felt a little bit of payoff for finishing the book I crept quietly up the dark stairway, entered my room and tried my very best to shut the door silently behind me It thudded despite my best efforts and I cringed, but Phil didn t stir in his 3 o clock in the morning slumber I sighed, relieved I felt so entirely sneaky I felt as if I had cheated and there was a sting of guilt as I looked at the distorted red figures on the alarm clock through the empty glass on the night stand Please don t wake up and look at what I see I silently begged t I crept quietly up the dark stairway, entered my room and tried my very best to shut the door silently behind me It thudded despite my best efforts and I cringed, but Phil didn t stir in his 3 o clock in the morning slumber I sighed, relieved I felt so entirely sneaky I felt as if I had cheated and there was a sting of guilt as I looked at the distorted red figures on the alarm clock through the empty glass on the night stand Please don t wake up and look at what I see I silently begged to the shadowy outline that was Phil He didn t I climbed into bed and gave up all caution trying to snag a bit of the blanket so tightly wound around him He turned over, releasing his tight hold on the blanket, and rested his leg on mine still asleep I relaxed and tried to sleep but after reading for 5 hours on end my mind was a frenzy of literature and as I closed my eyes, I could see words giving description to my every action From the satisfying moment I closed the book that I d begun only hours prior and ascended to the sleepy second floor of our home my motions were narrated perfectly in my head I laughed it off, and enjoyed the silliness of my thoughts It reminded me of how Phil had once told me about a fishing trip with the guys They d spent so many hours cleaning their vast catch that when he went to bed he continued cleaning fish behind his closed lids That had to be what was happening to me, luckily it was prose and not smelly fish guts stealing my rest Finally, I did sleep, though it was a heavy, dreamless sleep It is rare thing, for me, not to dream It was as though I had traded, for the night, my own colorful, unpredictable imagination for the author s I needed no dreams or contemplations tonight.So, this is my curse I cannot pick up a good book and put it down, I must read it s entirety before I can rest I had gotten the call from the library yesterday afternoon that the book I had requested from a neighboring library had come in Yes, yes another Shannon Hale masterpiece, if you must pry I wasn t so sure I would like this one I like Jane Austen, but wouldn t call myself a fan yet I haven t read any of her books, and while I enjoyed some of the movies based on them, I hesitate to admit I d felt they were dry and hard to follow at times So, I used the excuse that I needed to return a few of the books which, I had only borrowed last Friday , so I could sneak over to the Library on my way to work I don t know why I felt the urge to keep this a secret Phil doesn t mind in any way, that I love reading Perhaps it heightened the appeal and experience of reading it I knew if I worked quickly I could have time to begin the book before heading home, and how wonderful a thing to read without any interruptions Maybe that s just what it was If I am openly preoccupied with something it s a trigger That is when everyone needs some thing So, I read the book from start to finish, unburdened by distraction And why am I publishing these thoughts to a review Does anyone actually care Probably not so much but I had the urge to type out my own thoughts to cleanse my eyelids so that I might relinquish my own dreams tonight I was so engrossed in this book I read it in an afternoon If I were still a teenager, this would be the book I d read over and over.I hate this book SPOILER ALERTWhy I mean, if it was so engrossing that I couldn t put it down, why do I hate it Because Jane Hayes, the main character, is me except that she gets to live out my fantasy and gets the happy ending only found in Austen novels.Jane is in her early 30s, in a job she likes but does not love, convinced she must embrace her spinsterhood I was so engrossed in this book I read it in an afternoon If I were still a teenager, this would be the book I d read over and over.I hate this book SPOILER ALERTWhy I mean, if it was so engrossing that I couldn t put it down, why do I hate it Because Jane Hayes, the main character, is me except that she gets to live out my fantasy and gets the happy ending only found in Austen novels.Jane is in her early 30s, in a job she likes but does not love, convinced she must embrace her spinsterhood So far, so good I relate completely Her secret vice is Pride and Prejudicethe BBC movie than the novel and she is in love with Mr Darcy For me, it sRhett Butler, but the implication is there A great aunt spots this fantasy and bequeaths to Jane a three week stay at Austenland, a resort in England where people live like characters in an Austen novel I have always thought I was born in the wrong century this vacation would be a dream for me Jane gets to live out her fantasy and deal with her obsession of Mr Darcy I get to read about it.Okay, differences Jane is beautiful she turns heads At the beginning each chapter, a synopsis is given of each of Jane s ex boyfriends There are 13 Plus her first love at age four and three other Guys If I were the main character, there couldn t be so many chapters only First Love, Boyfriend 6, Guy Between 6 and 7, 7, 10, and maybe Guy After 12 would work in my story read the book you ll get how sad that is Jane makes out with the gardner, attracts the men at Pembrokeit s all very ideal Without the same finesse and fine writing of Austen, this book really qualifies as chicklit, not fine literature Shannon Hale does echo an Austen like story Underlying commentary on the absurdity of relationships and women s fantasy loves are clear But the end is so inevitable and apparent you hope for a surprise twist She gets her guy in the end, just like in Pride and Prejudice.So why do I hate it Jane Hayes goes to Austenland hoping to rid herself of the dream that one day she ll meet her Mr Darcy and be swept off her feet I really hoped this book would put to rest the romantic ideal I and many other women harbour That finally there would be a book where the heroine found happiness without a man Instead, this book perpetuates the dream To a tee.And I have to return to the real world 4 stars for this Austen inspired romantic comedy Austenland has an irresistible premise for me a vacation getaway in England for ladies who can t get enough of Mr Darcy or other Jane Austen heroes and want to pretend to live in her world for a few weeks Jane s great aunt becomes aware of her Darcy obsession A while later, when her great aunt dies, Jane is stunned to find out that she has willed Jane an overseas trip to Austenland, where hired actors do their best to make wealthy ladies Reg 4 stars for this Austen inspired romantic comedy Austenland has an irresistible premise for me a vacation getaway in England for ladies who can t get enough of Mr Darcy or other Jane Austen heroes and want to pretend to live in her world for a few weeks Jane s great aunt becomes aware of her Darcy obsession A while later, when her great aunt dies, Jane is stunned to find out that she has willed Jane an overseas trip to Austenland, where hired actors do their best to make wealthy ladies Regency dreams come true, if only for a short time Jane isn t wealthy, at all, but she really wants the Austen Experience.Some people are better at the whole Regency immersion thing than others It s kind of hilarious because everyone in Austenland mostly ignores the rules that don t appeal Ladies get to wear makeup along with their corsets and empire waisted dresses Cell phones are a big NO, though Jane wavers between two guys Mr Nobley, the one who s clearly meant to be a Darcy type of character, and Martin, a tall, good looking guy who mostly just takes care of the grounds What is real and what is fake gets murky for Jane, as she kind of bounces back and forth between Mr Nobley and Martin, trying to figure out what she really wants Something REAL, she thinks, but is that even possible in Austenland It s a light, fun contemporary romance, with enough Austen to it to tickle my fancy Maybe not for Austen purists, but I got a huge kick out of it I ve probably read it three times over the years.I think maybe it s about time to read it again.P.S The movie was okay but a lotslapstick I liked the book a lot better, personally I can t believe I just gave one star to a Shannon Hale book Never thought that would happen.Review originally posted here.I really like Shannon Hale s books And I love Jane Austen It has taken me this long to get around to reading Shannon Hale s Austenland because I had a suspicion I might be disappointed The book is a light quick read perfect for summer reading If you are fan of romantic comedy, either in chick lit or chick flick form, then you might enjoy it If you are a Jane Austen fan I can t believe I just gave one star to a Shannon Hale book Never thought that would happen.Review originally posted here.I really like Shannon Hale s books And I love Jane Austen It has taken me this long to get around to reading Shannon Hale s Austenland because I had a suspicion I might be disappointed The book is a light quick read perfect for summer reading If you are fan of romantic comedy, either in chick lit or chick flick form, then you might enjoy it If you are a Jane Austen fan.it is going to depend on what type of Jane Austen fan you are If you are in the camp that loves her books andthan the books the period movie adaptations of them because they are Regency romances that are historical chick lit or flicks then you might also enjoy this Neither of these things being true about me, I didn t In fact I have some rather major issues with it I almost feel bad about this because I do really really like Shannon Hale s other books I almost wasn t going to write a review I felt so bad, but I have been stewing over this for a couple of days and just want to get some of it off my chest.I had issues with Jane The same issues I have with all of the similar characters to her that seem to be cropping upandin this type of book or movie Jane is a single successful woman with a career and life sort of in New York City Yet she is a mess because she is a desperate husband hungry crazy girl Why do women keep getting portrayed like this We are meant to believe that these girls are savvy enough to graduate from college, secure a job, keep a job, live within their means in a large metropolis and yet they can t wear high heels without at some point falling over on their bottoms How many times is that shtick going to be used I have big problems with the whole idea that a woman can not be content and completely free of desperation if she doesn t have a boyfriend husband Each chapter of this book is introduced with a history of one of Jane s failed relationships These highlight exactly how crazy desperate she is for this kind of relationship Of course they have all failed Men tend to run screaming scared from crazy women.Irony Jane is exactly the sort of woman Jane Austen was making fun with her books Because that is what her books are, not romantic frolics in period gowns, but social satires At first I thought maybe the irony was intentional And it may have been, but it fell fall short of its mark if it was There is one point when Jane has an epiphany and realizes that she is not Elizabeth Bennet, butlike Mrs Bennet I expected things to turn around maybe, and that she would becomethan she was, but the change that occurred wasn t one that had me believing in its longevity While the Jane that leaves Austenland hasconfidence and has convinced herself she was not looking for a Mr Darcy duplicate, she never convinced me she was cured In fact, the end makes it abundantly clear that she s not More confident, less desperate, but given where she started she still has a long way to go Except she got her storybook ending, so where is the motivation to grow It was so frustrating.The frustration was probably greater for me because I know Shannon Hale can write strong female characters better than this The girls in her Books of Bayern amazing Same goes for the girls in Princess Academy Actually, Shannon Hale can just write better than this period Honestly, if someone gave me this book to read without telling me who wrote it I never would have believed it to be Shannon Hale I went into Austenland hoping for a fun and lighthearted book It delivered 3.5 stars Like the main character Jane Hayes, I am also a fan of Pride and Predjudice I read this book by Jane Austen at an early age and have loved historical romance since then When I saw friends on this site reading Austenland earlier this year, I had to check it out Jane Hayes is 32, single and has problems staying in relationships She s obsessed with Mr Darcy and has unrealistic expectations for men Her rich, g I went into Austenland hoping for a fun and lighthearted book It delivered 3.5 stars Like the main character Jane Hayes, I am also a fan of Pride and Predjudice I read this book by Jane Austen at an early age and have loved historical romance since then When I saw friends on this site reading Austenland earlier this year, I had to check it out Jane Hayes is 32, single and has problems staying in relationships She s obsessed with Mr Darcy and has unrealistic expectations for men Her rich, great aunt finds out about her obsession and pays for an all inclusive trip to an estate in Great Britain called Pembrook Park.Pembrook Park reenacts the lifestyle back in the 1800s with full dress, manners, balls and servants Jane cannot break character and must interact with gentleman and other ladies during this time period.Is everyone acting or is anyone real in this Darcy obsessed place And that s where Jane starts having issues It looks like she loves New York Citythen she thought She s getting bored with Whist, walking around the gardens and embroidery The dialogue was good, the romance was fun, and this was a quick book to read I will definitely read the second book in this series because I enjoyed how Shannon Hale weaved this funny and quirky romance set during the Regency times *Download ✐ Austenland ↙ Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret Her obsession with Mr Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life no real man can compare But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen crazed women, Jane s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imaginedDecked out in empire waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them It s all a game, Jane knows And yet the longer she stays, the her insecurities seem to fall away, and the she wonders Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr Darcy of her own Seriously, I don t even know why I bother to read any P P sequels, prequels, re tellings, or books inspired by P P They all end up being a complete and utter nonsense with the exception of Bridget Jones Diaries Austenland is no exception, unfortunately.The premise of the book is OK 33 year old Jane Hayes is single and obsessed with Pride and Prejudice Mr Darcy just like you are, admit it, otherwise you wouldn t be reading this review She inherits a 3 week vacation to Austenlan Seriously, I don t even know why I bother to read any PP sequels, prequels, re tellings, or books inspired by PP They all end up being a complete and utter nonsense with the exception of Bridget Jones Diaries Austenland is no exception, unfortunately.The premise of the book is OK 33 year old Jane Hayes is single and obsessed with Pride and Prejudice Mr Darcy just like you are, admit it, otherwise you wouldn t be reading this review She inherits a 3 week vacation to Austenland an English estate where guests get a taste of Austen time living and maybe romance with the help of local actors Jane agrees to the journey hoping to make it her farewell to Darcy fantasy and to move on with her life afterward What follows is a chick lit story with a vague directionless plot, a luke warm romance, and a contrived plot twist The story never really takes off IMO, the book is void of real humor or passion, the heroine s inner thoughts and tribulations are hard to understand or follow In the end, you fail to understand even if this Austenland trip is helpful or not does it help you to cure your Darcy addiction by exposing the dullness of 19th century living or does it enhance it by experiencing a Darcy like romance which IMO makes the entire place seem like a some kind of expensive role playing brothel I guess I ll never knowDon t get me wrong, the book isn t a complete disaster There are some entertaining moments, but to be honest, I probably wouldn t have finished it were I not listening to it Speaking of the audio, I think it is reasonable to expect from a person who narrates a book set in England to be able to do some English accent The narrator of this book couldn t do English accent to save her life It was rather sad actuallyReading challenge 1 H I picked up this book at about 10 30 last night thinking that I would just read the prologue to get the basic idea and then start it tomorrow Alas it was not meant to be After about a half hour I whispered an apology to Aaron and slipped out of bed to go read in the living room After reading late into the night and a quick nap okay 5 1 2 hours I got up this morning and didn t stop until I finished it This book is so entertaining I read a lot and I have often had a book bring me to tear I picked up this book at about 10 30 last night thinking that I would just read the prologue to get the basic idea and then start it tomorrow Alas it was not meant to be After about a half hour I whispered an apology to Aaron and slipped out of bed to go read in the living room After reading late into the night and a quick nap okay 5 1 2 hours I got up this morning and didn t stop until I finished it This book is so entertaining I read a lot and I have often had a book bring me to tears but I honestly can t remember the last time I read a book that had me laughing out loud through the entire thing The main character is obsessed with Jane Austen s writings and particularly with the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth If you haven t seen it you can borrow mine and if you don t want to see it then believe me this book is not for you The book is stuffed full of Jane Austen s best lines and references to her timeless characters And yet they clash with Jane Hayes modern world in such a funny way example Jane announced to the empty room, if you re listening, Big Brother, I refuse to be Fanny Price When reading other reviews of this book there were not many raving reviews like mine so I have to realize that it is perhaps not the most well written book of all time but for me, who related to the main character in almost every way it was PERFECT I have watched the same parts of Pride and Prejudice over and over just like the main character and even though I am somewhat embarrassed by it just like the main character I don t expect to ever get over my obsession I m glad that Jane Hayes doesn t either she just has to find her own Mr Darcy