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Jane Austen All Mixed-Up

Jane Austen's works have stood the test of time, and writers and filmmakers keep finding new ways to tell her stories. Here is a list of adaptations and extensions of her works.

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The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

Graduate student Lizzie Bennet starts a video blog to record reflections on her family, friends, school, and exasperating new neighbor William Darcy. This charming modern reimagining of Pride & Prejudice is based on the award-winning web series phenomenon "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries."

Date: 2014

Fiction / Downloadable Audiobook

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Longbourn by Jo Baker

An irresistibly imagined below-stairs answer to "Pride and Prejudice," Baker's novel goes beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen's classic and into the often overlooked domain of the stern housekeeper and the starry-eyed kitchen maid. This new perspective on the beloved story is a must for Jane Austen fans.

Date: 2013

Fiction / Downloadable eBook and Audiobook

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Austenland by Shannon Hale

A modern New York woman takes a dream vacation involving complete immersion in a Jane Austen-themed resort, but may get more than she bargained for. It was also made into a film starring Keri Russell.

Date: 2007

Fiction / Downloadable eBook

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Lost in Austen

This British TV mini-series gives voice to the fantasies of many a Jane Austen fan: the chance to experience the world of Pride & Prejudice first hand. A modern British woman (& Austen devotee) swaps places with Elizabeth Bennet -- a dream come true at first, until her actions start changing her beloved story.

Date: 2009

DVD

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For Darkness Shows the Stars by Peterfreund, Diana

Reimagining Jane Austen's Persuasion in a post-apocalyptic setting, this breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it also has a companion book inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Date: 2012

Teen Fiction / Downloadable eBook

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Bride & Prejudice

This Bollywood-inspired musical adaptation of Pride & Prejudice retains all of the charm and romance of the original story and adds in the color and musical numbers of Bollywood -- an absolutely enchanting combination.

Date: 2005

DVD

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Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James

Bestselling author P.D. James brings us her murder mystery take on the world of Pride & Prejudice as the Darcy home at Pemberley is thrown into chaos when Elizabeth & Mr. Darcy are drawn into the murder investigation of her sister Lydia's husband. It was also adapted into a TV mini-series.

Date: 2011

Fiction / Downloadable eBook and Audiobook

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Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman

A sweet young adult novel about a young Jane Austen fan and her enthusiastic best friend who try to turn their own lives into a Jane Austen novel. Perfect for teen (and adult) fans of Pride & Prejudice looking for a new take.

Date: 2006

Teen Fiction

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Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

The iconic 1990's singleton's story is heavily Austen-influenced all the way down to the name of the romantic lead -- Mr. Darcy. And in the 2001 film adaptation he's played by the same actor (Colin Firth) who starred in the BBC's Pride & Prejudice mini-series.

Date: 1998

Fiction / Downloadable eBook

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Clueless

This classic 1990's high school comedy is also a fairly faithful adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. Featuring sparkling dialogue, memorable characters, & Austen's classic plot, this film is even better than you remember.

Date: 1995

DVD

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith

Forever changing the way we think about Elizabeth Bennet and friends, this story consists of mostly Austen's original text mixed with some new words. It inspired the recent craze for literary mash-ups.

Date: 2009

Fiction / Downloadable eBook and Audiobook

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Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope

By staying very faithful to Austen's original, this modern retelling highlights the commonalities between Jane Austen's time and ours, but also brings in enough new elements to show the ways we have changed.

Date: 2013

Fiction

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The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

In this modern day comedy of manners in the spirit of Jane Austen's works, six Californians who create a book club to discuss Jane Austen's books are involved in their own series of joys and difficulties. It was adapted as a film in 2008.

Date: 2004

Fiction / Downloadable Audiobook