July 30, 2007

Remember Choose Your Own Adventure?

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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.
From Amazon:

"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.

8 comments :

  1. Oh this sounds fun. I hope my library carries it, otherwise I'll have to make them. If it's good, the Austenites will be happy about it. If you read it, I'd like to read your thoughts. Cheers for the week.

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  2. These do sound like fun! I used to go through the books until I went down every possible path. I wanted to know what all the options and endings were. :-)

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  3. I guess that was cheating but I did the same. It took awhile to go through them all.

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  4. I agree with Athena - I really hope the Brisbane library acquires this! I never read the choose-your-own-adventure books, but six Austen novels rolled into one is too much fun to resist.

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  5. I used to love these books! I'm tempted to buy it right away! And I will admit to also choosing each potential path, too.

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  6. I used to love these as a kid too, and like the others here I did them all. I've often thought that the right author could pull one of these off for an adult novel- looks like Emma Webster is taking on the task, eh? I'm looking forward to seeing how well it's recieved. I think the challenge for adults is finding 2 (or more)choices that still seem believable in a usually more well-defined character.

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  7. Lol, I'd almost forgotten those books. They were a ton of fun at the time! This looks like an entertaining take on the concept; thanks for mentioning it!

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  8. This sounds like the ultimate gift book for my husband. He's an Austenite to the core. He's into computer programing which, like choose-your-own-adventure, follows the same branching pattern.

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