Jane Austen Subculture

Jane Austen Subculture

My obvious affinity for the fantasy genre aside, I have an equally deep (if less obvious) weakness for all things Jane Austen. Her original novels first and foremost, of course. I’ve read them all, even Lady Susan. Pride & Prejudice will always hold a warm spot in my heart as my gateway drug to Austen and the story I like reading most overall, though sometimes I think I like Fanny from Mansfield Park more than Elizabeth. Sometimes. And the font I used for the heading above is called Jane Austen and based off of her handwriting. So, you know, I’ve got Austen-obsessed street cred. 😉

But there’s also the wide and varying world of Austen subculture – ‘sequels’ to her stories, modern-day interpretations, versions where her stories are told from the man’s point of view, etc. None of them are quite the caliber of her original works, but they are always a fun read and occasionally surprisingly affecting. Some also verge on the ridiculous: there’s a sequel where Mr. Collins has a rather gruesome death by bees, one from Darcy’s view where he gets embroiled in a murder mystery in those months he’s estranged from Elizabeth, lots of men riding to the rescue on horses (in both modern and historical settings), and some of the interpretations feature rather, ahem, inventive sex scenes. Something for everyone, really. 🙂 So if you’ve run out of the original Austen but still want a new taste of her characters or plots, here are some possibilities:

Books

  • An Assembly Such as This (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman #1) – P&P from Darcy’s point of view.
  • Mr. Knightley’s Diary – Emma from Knightley’s POV.
  • None But You (Frederick Wentworth, Captain, #1) – Persuasion from Wentworth’s POV.
  • Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride – sequel
  • Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife – sequel
  • Mr. Darcy’s Daughters (Darcy #1) – sequel series about Darcy’s daughters and eventually extended family
  • Mansfield Park Revisited – sequel
  • Austenland – modern-day
  • Undressing Mr. Darcy – modern-day and raunchy
  • The Jane Austen Marriage Manual – modern and with a bit more depth, despite the premise.
  • Pride & Prejudice & Zombies – exactly as it sounds.
  • Jane Bites Back – Jane Austen is a vampire.

Movies

  • Becoming Jane – Hollywood gives Jane a romance of her own.
  • Miss Austen Regrets – based on letters between Jane and her sister Cassandra.
  • The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (web series) – Elizabeth Bennett as video blogger. SO GOOD.
  • Lost in Austen – time travel/alternate world
  • The Jane Austen Book Club – all the book club members being clueless about love like many of Austen’s characters. While reading Austen.
  • Austenland – based on the book above.

There are many, many more, these are just the ones I’ve experienced personally. And some are better than others. And I left off the obvious ones like Clueless and Bridget Jones’ Diary. There are still quite a few a LOT on my to-read list, too. But if you’ve had a hankering for Austen-esque entertainment, this should give you some options. 🙂

Are you a Jane Austen addict? Anything you’ve read or seen to add to the list?

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My Top Reads & Sees of 2013

If you’ve been following the blog for awhile, you’ll have heard me mention the Fifty/Fifty challenge that I do. You can see the full list of all the movies and shows I’ve watched, and all of the books I’ve read this year on that page. But awhile back Kara gave me the idea to do round-up of my favorites from this year’s challenge, and that’s what you’re getting today. Keep in mind that this is culled from a list of things I happened to read or see this year, not necessarily things that were new/came out this year. So, without […]

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1. I started the Beginner Sewing Series at Stitch Lab on Friday. We went over the basics of our machines (which was useful as refresher since I hadn’t touched my machine in awhile), and learned how to make a drawstring bag. The also introduced me to an oh-so-handy little tool called a magnetic seam guide. To be honest, sewing in a straight line is not one of my natural skill sets. But no more! That thing is a game changer. They also let us take extra fabric scraps to practice making bags, and I think I’ve nailed it: That one […]

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Tuesday 10: Holiday Movies

Linking up with Lena for this week’s Tuesday 10 theme: holiday movies. I’m taking a page from her book and listing not only movies with actual holiday themes, but also movies that I like to watch this time of year OR movies that come out this holiday season that I want to see, holiday-themed or not. Mostly because I couldn’t think of 10 holiday-themed movies that I like. 😉 1. White Christmas. This gets watched every year by my family, no exceptions. I still think my younger sister and I need to karaoke that Sisters song at some point in […]

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Tuesday 10 – Favorite Movies

I’m joining up with Lena and several other ladies in the weekly Tuesday 10 themed posts. This week’s theme is Favorite Movies. Choosing a favorite (or 10) of anything is hard for me, so I narrowed it down to movies that I can easily watch over and over and still love. As this list will indicate, apparently that means I’m a sucker for a good love story. I do watch other types of movies, and there are some very serious and non-romance numbers on my Greatest Movies of All Time list, but perversely the ones that move me the most […]

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