When I was a kid, I loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books. They usually involved vampires or aliens. For some reason, I was eaten, bitten, turned into a zombie or abducted within the first 5 pages. Well, now there is a more literary version: Being Elizabeth Bennet: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure by Emma Campbell Webster. Thanks to Bronteblog for mentioning it in a post.
"Elizabeth Bennet is the wittiest and most attractive heroine in English literature. And for the first time, in "Being Elizabeth Bennet", you are given the opportunity to star in the most popular novel in the English language: "Pride and Prejudice". You will be faced throughout this book with delicate challenges and dangerous choices. Whether you're accepting Mr Darcy the first time he professes his attachment, deciding to elope with Mr Wickham or avoiding a murderous Lady Catherine de Bourgh, this is a chance to rewrite Austen's most famous book. You decide who to marry and when. And if you have always preferred Mr Knightley's sophistication or have a sneaking admiration for the odious Mr Elliot then you can marry them instead. However, make choices with caution: "Being Elizabeth Bennet" is packed with characters and plot twists to thwart your happy union with Pemberly's most eligible bachelor. You must complete five stages - and successfully negotiate your way through Austen's five other novels - before can choose to accept Mr Darcy. But if the outcome does not suit, simply return to page 1 and create a new Jane Austen adventure."
This sounds like a lot of fun! My love of Austen and the nostalgia of the Choose Your Adventure books might be enough to make me buy it. And like the Brontebloggers, I wouldn't mind a Jane Eyre version either.
Edit: This book is not available in Canada until October 8, 2007 and at a price of $21.57.