Austenland is one of my favourite films to watch when I need a pick-me-up. It’s cute and romantic and funny and sassy – so, when I saw that it was based on a Shannon Hale novel, I had to track it down!
Book: Austenland by Shannon Hale
Read Before? No, but I’ve seen the film.
Ownership: Library hard copy.
I’m a huge fan of Shannon Hale’s children’s books, and although this is very different, in that it’s a romance, the strong female characters and clever dialogue remain consistent. I really enjoyed the character of Jane in Austenland – her internal voice is so funny and real that it feels like a friend is telling you this story. The twists in the romance were a little spoiled for me, since I know the movie back to front, but I very much enjoyed the differences! Captain East plays a much smaller role in the book, which was a shame, since he was absolutely hilarious in the film.
Romance novels aren’t usually my jam, but I read this book in between a lot of heavy fantasy reads, and that sweet fluffiness was exactly what I needed. It’s lovely to feel unashamedly heart-warmed and happy at the end of a book! I can whole-heartedly recommend this to anyone wanting a cute summer read, especially if you’re an Austen fan already… But also, go and watch the film. Right now.
4 out of 5 cats (purely for lack of Captain East’s abs)