Has anyone read Austenland?

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Has anyone read Austenland?
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Thu, 08-15-2013 - 4:54pm

I saw an article that Stephanie Meyer is one of the producers on the movie which comes out this week.  If it wasn't for that, I would have never heard of the book.  I'm a fan of Jane Austen, and think the movie looks pretty good.  I need to see if I can locate the book as well.  Has anyone read it?

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Thu, 08-15-2013 - 7:06pm

 I've heard about the book but I haven't read it. I'm trying really hard this summer to read books that have been sitting on my bookshelves for far too long.

 Kathie

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Fri, 08-16-2013 - 2:47am

I read it a few years ago. It was cute, and an interesting premise. I don't recall there being much if anything about Jane Austen herself, rather it was sort of a regency period "resort" for modern people to immerse themselves in the era for a vacation and what happens to the main character when she visits there.

I didn't know that it was made into a movie until I saw your post, I'm sure I'll watch it when it comes out on Netflix.

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Sun, 08-18-2013 - 7:55pm

My daughter and I both read it when it came out a few years ago. It was cute, but rather silly, a good beach read.

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Tue, 08-20-2013 - 2:46pm

Now I can't remeber if I read Austenland. I know I read Hale's The Actor and the Housewife. Which, I think, has a similar "fantasy" element of a married Utah housewife becoming the friend of a Colin Firth- type actor. I went through a Shannon Hale phase two or so years ago, read most of her kids and adult books. 

Julia