Top Ten Books and Authors To Read If You Like Jane Austen
Ah, I intended to do this topic last year, but ran out of time. Anyhow, here it is now! Yay for Jane in January!
Jane Austen's World: The Life and Times of England's Most Popular Author - If you love all things Austen, this book contains an insightful look into the culture and customs of her world and novels. Includes biographical information on Austen, as well as, breakdowns of each book.
Jane Austen: An Illustrated Treasury - Ditto for this great book! If you're the hands-on type, this treasury contains card inserts of Austen's personal letters. An interactive must for any collection.
Georgette Heyer - Pretty much anything by this author is Austen-ish! Born in 1902, Heyer really captured the large sense of community, details, and some of the humor created by Austen. I like to think of her as an Austen fan writing for Austen fans.
George Eliot/Mary Ann Evans - Although her novel Middlemarch is a huge undertaking, at its heart, her portray a whole community and romantic complexities are reminiscent of Austen's work. The main character, Dorothea, is a complex heroine and very memorable.
Augusta Jane Evans - Sadly, a lot of her work is out-of-print. However, if you can find a copy of "St. Elmo" you're in for a dramatic story, the likes of which, Catherine from Northanger Abbey would love.
The Bronte Sisters - Even though Charlotte was no Austen fan, each sister created a romantic drama as page-turning as an any Austen novel. Their work is much darker. However, their heroes are, arguably, as heart-grabbing as Darcy.
Austenland - If someone creates a real English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, please sign me up! Next best thing, this entertaining story of a P&P obsessed lady looking for a Mr. Darcy of her own.
Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure - As far I as know, there's no highly interactive Jane Austen video game or app (shucks). However, this choose-your-own-adventure is the next best thing. Wield the decision making power of the heroine and make your way through the Austen world.