Blogger: Rachel Kent
Location: The Lodge @ Sonoma in Sonoma, Calif. for day 2 of the Books & Such Agent Summit
Today’s book: Austenland by Shannon Hale
I am extremely excited about Austenland‘s upcoming film release, and a sequel is in the works too! Sadly the film trailer hasn’t released yet, but if you want more info on the film, here’s the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1985019/
Basically, Austenland is the story of Jane, a woman in her 30s, who has an obsession with Mr. Darcy, especially the Mr. Darcy played by Colin Firth in the BBC version of Pride & Prejudice. Her desire for a Mr. Darcy of her own leads her to believe she’ll end up as a spinster until an elderly great-aunt passes away and leaves her a trip to Pembrook Park–a high-class Jane Austen resort in England. At Pembrook Park, Jane has a chance for her dreams to come true.
The book is hilarious and perfect for Jane Austen fans like I am. It leaves you dying to read Pride & Prejudice for the one hundredth time. The movie is being produced by Stephenie Meyer, so I owe some vampires a word of thanks for selling so well in book and movie format.
I believe that Austenland is a good candidate for film because:
1) Jane is a character who is like so many young women today. She’s career-driven but a closet romantic and is obsessed with Jane Austen’s works.
2) It’s a story that most women will want to see on film, and we’re usually very good at getting our significant others to take us, which equals twice the ticket sales.
3) The book was really funny but made me cry too. I think the story evokes the emotions and has the perfect setup to be a romantic comedy.
4) It’s a Jane Austen story without being one that takes liberties with Austen’s works.
If you’ve read the book, please add to the list of reasons it would make a great movie. 🙂
Do you enjoy Jane Austen-related books or regencies? What makes a good regency story or a good Jane Austen-related book? Why do you think these books are so popular?