I received Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature’s Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart for my birthday last month. I’m going to wait to read some of the stories until after I re-read the books on which they’re based. However, I’ve already read the stories based on Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey (both of which I’ve re-read fairly recently), as well as several that are more generally Jane-esque.
A Night at Northanger by Lauren Willig ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Perfectly fine modern take on Northanger Abbey.
Faux Jane by F. J. Meier ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I loved this one! It blended elements of the Thin Man movies with Jane Austen – sheer heaven!
Love and Best Wishes, Aunt Jane by Adriana Trigiani ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I photographed 4 passages in this 6 page story. That might be a record. Beautiful!
The Ghostwriter by Elizabeth Aston ⭐
Why ON EARTH would a professed Janeite write Jane Austen as a manipulative b***h?!?
The Mysterious Closet: A Tale by Myretta Robens ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Good enough, with some fun Northanger Abbey references, but the “ending” is open ended, which I kind of hate.
Jane Austen’s Cat by Diana Birchall ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Absolutely lovely! Jane gives advice on love and marriage in an adorable way. Mansfield Park’s Mrs. Norris as a cat elicited a Harry Potter fangirl squee!
What Would Austen Do? by Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
So completely and utterly adorable! A teenage boy’s take on Jane Austen. The note on the authors says that they’re working on turning it into a full length novel, which I must have NOW!
The Chase by Carrie Bebris ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
This true story of Frank Austen’s derring-do in a navel battle is exciting, if not particularly Jane-esque.