Sunday, December 15, 2013

Jane Austen's Birthday: Part 1

Tomorrow is Jane Austen's birthday, but she's so great, she needs two days to celebrate.


Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Austen's first published novel deals with two sisters in newly impoverished circumstances, with very different outlooks on life, and love.

The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love by Rosie Ruston. In this retelling of Sense and Sensibility, after their father dies deeply in debt, the Walker sisters must move to a new town where the different sisters have different reactions to their new life, and the boys they meet. Rushton has several modern takes on Austen's novels, but this is the only one that was published here in the US.

Sass & Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler. A looser modern adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, two very different sisters struggle with romance and unexpected homelessness.


Emma by Jane Austen. Emma loves to play matchmaker and solve other people's problems-- to the point where she misses the obvious truths that are right in front of her face.

Jane Fairfax by Joan Aiken. In Emma, Jane Fairfax is Emma's friend and rival. Here Aiken tells the story from her point of view.

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund. In the post-apocalyptic future, Luddites are the ruling class. Elliot runs her father's estate until her ex-boyfriend shows back up and she's torn between doing what she wants, and what society tells her is right. Follow up this retelling of Mansfield Park with Across a Star-Swept Sea, a retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel.


The Trouble with Flirting by Claire LaZebnik.At the Mansfield Theater Program, Franny is sewing costumes and trying to navigate love among the actors. She likes one boy (who seems to like another) but has somehow ended up dating another (who seems to like everybody.) This is a retelling of Mansfield Park.

Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood by Abby McDonald. In another take on Sense and Sensibility, the Weston sisters move to Hollywood when their late father leaves everything to their stepmother. One sister thinks this is great for her acting career, the other is more cautious.

I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend by Cora Harrison. Jenny is an orphaned cousin and Jane's best friend. While staying with the Austen's, she meets and hopes to capture Captain Williams, but there are secrets in Jenny's past that might doom everything. Based on real events in Austen's life.

We'll do more tomorrow!

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