Austenland by Shannon Hale

719-oke7rolI’ve got a confession: I’m a massive romantic comedy movie fan. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve seen Sleepless in Seattle or You’ve Got Mail. I’ve seen basically all of the mainstream ones, including the movie adaptation for Austenland. I’m ashamed to say that I watched the movie before reading the book (which to be fair I didn’t know existed). Austenland (the movie) was one of my favorites in the seemingly never ending stream of Pride & Prejudice adaptations, so reading the book was a no brainer.

This take on Jane Austen’s classic is a sort of self-aware-but-not-really version.
The lead character goes to an Austen-era reenactment camp where she is quickly disillusioned by the camps financial caste system. Realizing she has paid a boatload of money to be treated like dirt by the founder of the estate, she decides to make the best of it. Long story short, she ends up falling for the Mr Darcy of the story. So it’s sort of aware, but it also falls into the same old story.

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