I know nothing about the Austen Project’s sales so far, but judged solely in literary terms, I think the venture badly needs whatever jolt of energy Sittenfeld may be preparing to inject.
The first Austen Project outing -- 2013's – transformed Catherine Morland’s Gothic novel fixation into an obsession with vampire stories, asking us to buy the proposition that a girl with a smartphone and a Facebook page could become convinced that her new friends the Tilneys were for-real bloodsuckers. The newest – the just-published (in the US) h – takes a different tack.
In many ways, this phenomenon is the publishing world’s way of aping contemporary Hollywood’s fascination with remakes and sequels.
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Before we get to the stories themselves (found in the Appendix and accessible by clicking on the titles), some contexts are necessary.Jane Austen may have only written six novels, but you’d never know it by the sheer volume of updates, retellings, unofficial sequels, and fan fiction that’s been written in and around the worlds she created.Here are some of our favorite modern version of Jane Austen’s classic romances, from is set in Austin (get it? Jane and Celia Woodward’s lives are torn apart by their father’s business scandal, but they manage to rebuild their lives by opening a successful tea shop… Jane doesn’t want to leave San Francisco, but Celia insists on moving to Austin, TX, for a fresh start.In place of fidelity-to-the-point-of-implausibility, we get an Emma update written by someone who doesn’t seem to much like the original.Nearly a third of Mc Call Smith’s 361 pages are given over to backstory that Austen dispatches in a few sentences, or ignores altogether. Woodhouse’s early life, Miss Taylor’s arrival at Hartfield, Isabella’s marriage to John Knightley, and Mr.