I’m a sucker for all things Austen. It’s like comfort food or your favorite pair of jeans. Something that just feels right. So, when I saw the trailer for Austenland, I knew it was something that I wanted to look into…then I found out it was book first (like most movies ;)) so I knew I had to read it, and I’m so glad I did!
Let me just tell you, Shannon Hale is hilarious. The wittiness, the banter, the snark…it was all I wanted in a novel. I loved the way the novel poked fun at the “ideal man” being Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Mr. Darcy…and Colin Firth…but to be fair, I don’t think it’s realistic to wait forever to find Mr. Darcy. I mean, he is a fictional character after all, and let’s face it, the man had moments of great douchery. That said, I adored Jane and her quest for freedom from her obsession with Mr. Darcy. I loved her romantic ideals and her revelations about herself. I adored her humor in analyzing her previous relationships. And most of all, I LOVED the end. I got a little worried toward the end that things were not going to turn out the way I had hoped, and then they turned out way better.
So, overall, I love it and would recommend it to anyone who loves a good romantic comedy with a touch of Austen. I’m definitely looking forward to the movie.