Austenland: A Novel by Shannon HaleAustenland: A Novel by Shannon Hale

Austenland: A Novel

byShannon Hale

Paperback | June 8, 2008

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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 Predjudice. 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?
Shannon Hale is the author of four young adult novels published by Bloomsbury: The Goose Girl, Enna Burning, River Secrets, and the Newbery Honor-winning, New York Times bestselling Princess Academy. She is at work on another novel, and she and her husband will together publish a graphic novel in 2008. They live with their son in Salt ...
Title:Austenland: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.19 × 5.59 × 0.61 inPublished:June 8, 2008Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1596912863

ISBN - 13:9781596912861

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The movie was better Who the characters are was more dynamic in the movies than how they were written in the book. Indeed, I found Jane Hayes more relatable in the movie than the novel version. However, I think Hale has an easy writing style that made the book a fun read.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny Escape Enjoyed this way more than the movie with Kari Russell (despite my love for her). A must buy for any Austen fan on your list.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hilarious I thought this book was super funny and I definitely enjoyed it.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I'm a huge Austen fan, so when I heard I was reading this for a class, I got really excited. It's hilarious, the characters are all really well developed, and the writing is very smooth. If you watched the movie and loved it, then you're going to love the book even more. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excited to read the book I saw the movie twice and I didn't realize it was based on a book. I'm definitely going to give this a read and see how it is.
Date published: 2016-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! I saw the movie prior to buying the book and I can say for sure that the book is so much better than the movie. It is cute, charming and romantic. Not a heavy read, but that just made it all the better for those times when you just want to curl up with a good book or if you need something to cheer you up. I wanted to reread it as soon as I was finished.
Date published: 2015-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I kinda liked the movie better... The two were very similar, some of the same dialog. I felt I knew the characters better and they made more sense from the movie. Anyhow it was good quick read and will recommend it. However will not read it again.
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bleah This novel is great to take on vacation as it is not overly taxing on the reader nor does it demand your full attention. I enjoyed the idea of a vacation resort based on Jane Austen's fictional world, and was pleasantly surprised by the details of Hales portrayal of such a place. However it did not keep turning pages when something more interesting came along on holidays.
Date published: 2014-05-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Quick read, sweet at times.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good I really loved this book, the story was light and fun. The main character was easy to identify with for me as a fellow Austen addict
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A little slow Not a big Austen fan. A little slow to read. Movie should be better.
Date published: 2013-10-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A little slow Not a big Austen fan. A little slow to read. Movie should be better.
Date published: 2013-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adorable This was such an adorable read. I absolutely loved it! This book made me want to go back and reread all of Jane Austen's books. I really enjoyed the feel of this book with the characters going back in time and basically playing dress up. This book has a funny feel to it right from the beginning as we see Jane being embarrassed about owning the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice (I mean I would want Colin Firth as my Mr. Darcy any day!) It's cute to go through with Jane as she attempts to get out of the rut she is in with men. As you go through the book you get a look at what all her relationships consisted of and how/why they ended (some of them are absolutely ridiculous, some not even relationships). There were some weird aspects to this book though, like a cast of males at the park for the women to begin a relationship with. But despite that it was cute to read about people beginning these fake relationships on vacation just for fun (and doing it in the Austen way, it kind of makes it seem more fun and romantic). I really enjoyed reading this cute story, it was a quick and short read but Shannon Hale knows how to write a cute love story.
Date published: 2013-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun book! This was an enjoyable read - very easy and lighthearted!
Date published: 2013-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Austenland Absolutely delightful! Jane is the perfect modern woman to experience Austenland. Her wit and whimsy, her self-doubt and list of failed loves all make her real, relatable and fun. And I especially love appropriate happy endings.
Date published: 2013-06-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ugh... As soon as I had seen the title and read the synopsis inside the front cover, I was hooked. It seemed completely up my alley, what with my obsession with Jane Austen, Mr. Darcy, the Regency Era and New York. After picking it up from that book sale I went to a month ago, I began reading it just as soon as I finished The Lord of the Rings. The first few chapters drew me in with great speed. I absolutely fell in love with the setting, the costumes, the speech and the men. But after that glorious introduction to Austenland, the story fell flat. I began to grow bored with the characters and the plot. I knew right away who Jane would end up with at the end, so there were no surprises or twists to keep me entertained. I can’t help but feel a little disappointed with Shannon Hale, because this novel could have been so much more than it was. Instead, I ended up not caring at all about the ending or how the characters would turn out. Jane was annoying and I couldn’t help chiding her in my mind because as much as I love Jane Austen’s world, I can’t imagine stepping out of my ordinary life to have fake affairs with gentlemen in suits and falling in love with the era, only to be plucked right out of it after a few weeks time and being thrown back to reality. I enjoyed Shannon Hale’s witty writing, but I still maintain that Austenland could have been much better and more interesting. To view more of my book reviews, visit:
Date published: 2013-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Austenland A quick read, sometimes lagging in parts.
Date published: 2013-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A cute modern tale of Pride and Prejudice View more of my review and others at my blog: I guess I expected a little too much when I read this. I was expecting to be wisped away like I was when I first read Pride and Prejudice or Emma. That’s not saying this novel wasn’t good, because it was. The novel is a modern day remake of Pride and Prejudice where Jane is going to a resort where she would be playing the role of an Austen character, and actually ends up becoming a modern day Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice. Now, the Mr. Darcy was pretty swoon worthy…that I will admit. I liked everything about him and his surly attitude. But, they are all actors so I wondered if he was really like that. Mr. Darcy isn’t Mr. Darcy without the surly attitude and I’m not sure I would love him if he weren’t surly. The novel was a cute read that had me smiling, but I found there were a lot of things that seemed a bit slow, and not necessarily important. I did expect some of the other characters to fit Austen’s characters more, and some did, but some also didn’t and I guess I will a little disappoint. But, I mean I couldn’t expect just a modern retelling of the original story, because that would not be what Hale had in mind. I have to admit I still like the read. I smiled thinking about all things Darcy and all things Miss Elizabeth Bennet. I was brought back into the world of Austen and it would be a dream come true if I was able to spend a day in the story of Pride and Prejudice. I think I would potentially feel like Jane Hayes if I spent more time there that a day or two. I would probably get bored and want a shower. But still, one can dream, right? Good: Jane—a pretty good modern day Elizabeth Bennet with some twists of her own. Mr. Darcy—the original bad boy always makes me swoon, and to dream that he could be real and in our modern world makes my knees go weak. Bad: The novel at times was a little slow. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall the novel was well written. I never had to re-read, and I never misunderstood anything. The idea of going to a place called Austenland was original and inviting. Some of the story line was a little slow, but overall the characters were unique and interesting to read about. And of course anything to do with Jane Austen and her characters makes me smile.
Date published: 2012-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a fun book! Jane is a thirty-something, single New Yorker, with an obsession for Jane Austen, and in particular, Pride and Prejudice and Colin Firth. When she gets a chance to travel to England for 3 weeks to immerse herself in Austen’s 19th century England, she feels it would be a good time to heal and swear off men for good. When she finds life in this world a little bit dull, she finds some distraction in the gardener, and ends up immersing herself in her character, Miss Jane Erstwhile. I loved it! What a fun book! It was humourous and fun to read about how Jane would try to give up her 21st century technology to fit into the early 19th century. It might help that I just read Pride and Prejudice a few months ago (and saw the movies), but I don’t think you have to have read the book or have seen the movies to enjoy this book.
Date published: 2010-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful A real enjoyable read for anyone who loves Jane Austin. Jane Hayes has been a fan of Austin, and in love with Mr. Darcy, for a long time. When Jane's aunt dies she leaves her a non refundable trip to Austenland. A victorian age role playing resort where Jane will get to dive head first into her fantasies of living in the Austian times. While at the resort Jane gets to dress the part and act like a real Victorian lady. She even meets her own Darcy stand in Mr. Nobley. This books is fun chick lit, great for anyone who ever fantasized about being Elizabeth Bennet and getting whisked off their feet by Mr. Darcy.
Date published: 2010-02-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Austenland This was a cute piece of fluff. It was entertaining and funny but I’m not too sure about combining Austen and Chick Lit. I’ve read Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict and Me. & Mr. Darcy as well, and so far I have found all of them not so successful Austen fan fiction (note to self why do I keep reading these??). I guess if you are a fan of Austen you need to read anything remotely related but I recommend the Pamela Aidan series over these Chick Lit versions.
Date published: 2008-08-19

Editorial Reviews

Praise for "The Goose Girl" and Shannon Hale: " In layer upon layer of detail a beautiful coming-of-age story emerges, a tale about learning to rescue yourself rather than falling accidentally into happily-ever-after. Hale uncovers her theme patiently and without preaching, focusing not on the moral but on the adventures her heroine must face in order to learn the lessons herself." -- "New York Times Book Review""" " Shannon Hale is already, after only a few books, one of our best writers of fantasy. She is also one of those rare storytellers who can bring a jaded old reviewer like me to well-earned tears." -- Orson Scott Card " I was completely beguiled...Hale's writing is beautiful, with a vivid eye for detail." -- Justine Picardie, "Telegraph """