Shanna at Existing’s Tricky is hosting a Jane Austen spinoff in 2012. I remember the first time I read a Jane Austen book. It was a required book I think my freshman year of high school. I remember complaining left and right over it. The print was too small, the language was old english, and I just didn’t understand the time period. I’m glad I didn’t give up on Jane’s books as they have become favorites of mine. I haven’t read a spinoff yet but I did pick up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies last year so this should be a good challenge to try out.
I’ve gone reading challenge bananas!! I’ve wanted to do a Jane Austen related challenge, however nothing has been posted yet. So I decided to create my own! So many books have spun-off from Jane Austen’s stories. Some of them tell us Pride and Prejudice from a new perspecitive, some imagine what it would look like if certain changes had been made. Some are curious about the supporting characters such as Georgianna, Mr. Darcy’s sister, or they’ve taken Jane’s stories and placed a modern day twist on them. And then there is the paranormal branch. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters anyone?
So, here are the rules…
1. There are eight genres in this challenge. You need to complete one book from each genre.
2. The challenge runs from January 1, 2012 and ends December 31, 2012.
3. You don’t have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year. Books can overlap with other challenges.
4. Books can be in any format – paper, audio, ebooks…it all counts!
5. You don’t have to post a review, but I’m sure others would love to know about the books you are reading and may even want to add it to their reading lists.You can also join our group on Goodreads.
NOTE: If you don’t have a blog and want to participate, that’s fine. You don’t have to have a blog, just post in the comments section as you finish books.
6. Comment below that you want to join the challenge. If you have a blog, please mention this contest and post a link to this page. ..
- Variation Stories: An example of this would be “Darcy’s Voyage” by Kara Louise. Essentially this category is for writers who have taken the original story, and changed it.
- Sequel: An example of this would be books by Rebecca Ann Collins, books that follow the Darcy’s or Knightly’s or whomever after the original story ends.
- Jane Austen as a Fictional Character:
- Paranormal: An example of this would be “Jane and the Damned” by Janet Mullany. These are stories in which Jane Austen characters, or Jane herself, become or interact with vampires, sea monsters, etc.
- Modern Adaptation: An example of this would be “Persuading Annie” by Melissa Nathan. Jane Austen’s stories written in a modern time frame.
- Mystery: A great series is the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mysteries by Carrie Bebris.
- Supporting Characters: These are books based on the supporting characters in the book such as Georgiana, Charlotte Lucas, etc. An example would be “Charlotte Collins” by Jennifer Becton
- Books by Jane Austen: Many of you have become Austen fans through the movies, or maybe you are a die hard Pride and Prejudice fanatic. Read a novel by Jane: Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Persuasion or Sense and Sensibility. You could even read one of the incomplete works, such as Lady Susan, to complete this challenge.
Good luck and have fun!!