Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Recently there has been all sorts of press for one kind of literary mash-ups. The kind with zombies. Seth Grahame-Smith came up with the very interesting idea to add zombies to Pemberley and all of the sudden a literary craze is born. Now there's also Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Little Women and Werewolves, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

But, there's also a lot of YA fiction out there that is mixing up Austen in a different direction. Austen + modern life. Sound familiar?

Clueless' Cher was a modern day Emma... too much of a stretch for you? Here are some modern day girls with strong ties to Ms. Austen.

Enthusiasm by Polly Shannon
Julie's best friend Ashleigh has a new obsession every time Julie turns around. Unfortunately, Ashleigh's twigged on to Julie's favorite book, Pride and Prejudice and has suddenly has started speaking as if she just came in from walking the fields behind Elizabeth Bennet's Manor. Also, she is determined to find her very own Mr. Darcy, maybe at the private boys' school in town...  Julie wants nothing to do with Ashleigh's plans, that is, until she sees the boy who fits the bill.

My Ridiculous Romantic Obsessions by Becca Wilhite
Sarah is at her first year of college, experiencing living on her own for the first time. She's convinced that her constant reading of romantic novels like (you guessed it) Pride and Prejudice has poisoned her for real relationships. When a boy in her art history class asks for her number, she is convinced that her steady diet is making her see Mr. Darcy in this guy, when really he will just end up hurting her. Will Sarah be right or does Ms. Austen still have something to show her?

For a trip back to 1815 England...

Prada and Prejudice - by Mandy Hubbard
All Callie wanted when she signed up to go on the Sophomore year trip to England was a chance to fit in and get her year started on the right foot. She didn't so much count on tripping head over heels in her new Pradas and waking up in 1815 England...  Now fitting in means pretending to be the long-lost friend of Emily, a girl living in regency England who just happens to be the cousin to a very Darcy-ish Duke, Alex.
If Callie can figure out who she is in 1815, will it help her out in 2010? And will she ever get back to her own time anyway?

If you prefer your Jane Austen pure and simple, we do have those too! (And Colin Firth too, of course)

Book talks by the librarian, you can blame her if you want to.

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