Book Review: Jane Austen Made Me Do It

Synopsis according to Goodreads:
"In Lauren Willig’s “A Night at Northanger,” a young woman who doesn’t believe in ghosts meets a familiar specter at the infamous abbey; Jane Odiwe’s “Waiting” captures the exquisite uncertainty of Persuasion’s Wentworth and Anne as they await her family’s approval of their betrothal; Adriana Trigiani’s “Love and Best Wishes, Aunt Jane” imagines a modern-day Austen giving her niece advice upon her engagement; in Diana Birchall’s “Jane Austen’s Cat,” our beloved Jane tells her nieces “cat tales” based on her novels; Laurie Viera Rigler’s “Intolerable Stupidity” finds Mr. Darcy bringing charges against all the writers of Pride and Prejudice sequels, spin-offs, and retellings; in Janet Mullany’s “Jane Austen, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!” a teacher at an all-girls school invokes the Beatles to help her students understand Sense and Sensibility; and in Jo Beverley’s “Jane and the Mistletoe Kiss,” a widow doesn’t believe she’ll have a second chance at love . . . until a Miss Austen suggests otherwise.

Regency or contemporary, romantic or fantastical, each of these marvelous stories reaffirms the incomparable influence of one of history’s most cherished authors."




I really, really, really wanted to like Jane Austen Made Me Do It. I love Jane Austen so much, and I know several of the authors who wrote for this are amazing. But I'm not a huge fan of short stories, and there's only so much you can do with a Regency romance, it seems. After the fourth "Jane Austen or one of her characters visits the modern world from beyond the grave" story, I started getting a little impatient. 


There were two or three notable stories that did an excellent job of being either unique period pieces or being modern pieces with a subtle Austen-esque flair. I expect that someone who is slightly more enamored of Regency romance might enjoy it more than I do, especially fans of supernatural romance, and Persuasion (I admit it- I don't enjoy it as much as apparently everyone else does). 

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