Austenland by Shannon Hale
2007, 197 pages
2013, 97 minutes
The plot for both the book and the movie stays surprisingly the same, hurray! Jane Hayes is a 30-something living in New York with a very serious Mr. Darcy obsession. It has cost her boyfriends, relationships and general normalness. Through one way or another she ends up going on a three week vacation to Austenland in England. There you are completely immersed in Regency England and are essentially a heroine from a Jane Austen novel. Actors are hired to play the male characters, there is a Colonel Andrews, Mr. Nobley, Captain East, your general Jane Austen men. Each female guest gets a man assigned to her to complete the Austen fantasy. The last night there is a ball, and all women will be proposed to by the suitor that they are assigned.
Jane can’t decide between the gardener, Martin, and Mr. Nobley, the Mr. Darcy of the bunch. Jane also has to decide what is real and what isn’t. Are any of the relationships real? Would any last outside of Austenland?
The plot of both is similar, but I found the movie much more amusing. The reason for this: Jennifer Coolidge. She plays the man-hungry, fake-British-accent lady with all the hilarious lines in the movie.
Don’t hang yourself, Jane!
Anyway, both are awesome and worth a read or a watch. I would definitely recommend the movie, as I laughed pretty much the whole time. And that is always a good thing.
Rating for book: 3.5 out of 5 bedazzles
Rating for movie: 4 out of 5 bedazzles