Book: Austenland by Shannon Hale 

Synposis: 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 ofPride 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? [via Amazon]

Book Notes:

Is it so embarrassing to admit that maybe... and i really want to stress maybe i would actually really love to go to an Austen type of theme park. I know it sounds extremely nutty, but im so obsessed with the regency era (and the early 1900s) that i actually would think frolicking in Victorian England would actually be pretty fun.

With that being said, you can probably imagine how much i had in common with the leading character. Yes, i maybe kind of patterning my ideal man on a fictionalized version of someone, but come one, who doesn't want a love story worthy of the greatest novels right? 

I really enjoyed the book. It was a delectable and easy read that i happily got through in one sitting. The language was an interesting hybrid of colloquial english and Austen linggo, which was rather amusing. I really felt like I was living my fantasy theme park vicariously! Oh which gets to me, I cant wait for the movie adaptation! It premiered in Sundance with poor reviews, but i'd still watch it for the humor of it all! I am such an Austen fan after all!! 

Book Quotes: 

"Its a truth universally acknowledged that a thirty-something woman in possession of a satisfying career and fabulous hairdo must be in want of very little, and Jane Hayes, pretty enough and clever enough, was certainly thought to have little to distress her."

"Perhaps youve come to the point where youre so attached to the idea of that scoundrel, you won't be satisfied with anything less."

"Figure out what is real for you. No use leaning on someone else's story all your life."

"Of course not. Spinster is just an archaic term for 'career-minded'"

"But the sky and stars know how your story will turn out. So go make your happily-ever-after happen."

"Anyway, I'm not hopeless, that's the problem. I'm too hopeful, if anything."

"I channel all my hope into an idea, to someone who can't reject me because he isn't real."

"But I don't want to have to settle. You always do. Every single guy you ever dated was a settle."

"That she secretly wants to be someone else in another time and be loved like a fictional character in a book?"

"Is this why women wear heels? thought Jane. We hobble ourselves so we can still be rescued by men?"

Rate: 4.2/5

p.s. i totally brought out my copy of BBC Pride and Prejudice and watched it right after! Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy is such a classic! *sigh*


Jinky said...

You're not alone. I wouldn't mind going to that "Austenland" myself! That would just be super. Someone should really do it ...hehehe. --I enjoyed this book too.

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