January 2, 2008

Lost in Austen:Review

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First review of the year. Wahoo! And it was a fun book. I'm really glad I read it through the holidays, when I can't concentrate on anything. Lost in Austen by Emma Webster reminded me of my childhood days when I gobbled up the Choose Your Own Adventures series. In Lost in Austen, I was Elizabeth Bennett, on the hunt for a husband. If you've read Pride and Prejudice, you know the main story, Mr Darcy and all. Here there are choices which lead to 'diversions' which follow the plot lines of other Austen novels. For instance, after a ball with Mr Darcy you may choose to visit a distant cousin who just happens to know Mr Knightley and nature takes it's course. At the end of the diversion is usually a proposal and you may accept or decline. The results are usually funny and/or bizarre. I was shocked when sweet Lizzie murdered one of her fellows!

When Lizzie takes the place of another Austen heroine, it feels a bit disconcerting, like she has Split Personality Disorder or something. But the trick is to just roll with it. There are questions for extra points during the stories that are entertaining. I didn't find the point keeping useful and stopped doing it after it became clear I was an 19th century idiot. (How do I know how many people dance in a reel?) Webster adds some of Austen's dry humour:

"Correct
Congratulations! You are quite right. You are, however, boring and smug.
Deduct 100 Fortune points for being dull."

I couldn't help but laugh, though, at being scolded by Webster throughout the book.

A definite must for Austen fans.

4/5

5 comments :

  1. I'm not an Austen fan, but I still love this idea.

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  2. Maybe a Dickens one? Pip dumps Estella and is visited by 3 ghosts?

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  3. This book looks like so much fun! I added it to my TBR.

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  4. i ve seen the movie in the television and i loved it..i have read pride and prejudice but i was dissapointed i needed more action,more feelings..and when i saw lost in austen tv series i just found all of them..so i wanna ask..is it the book of the tv series??i mean is it with chapters dialoques and such things??does it narrate a story??please give me an answer..or send me an email at Punks_n0t_Dead_Seize_the_Dayxx@ hotmail. com remove spaces

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  5. Irene- The book came before the tv series. It's very, very loosely based on the book. The book is more like a game.

    I'm sorry you didn't like Pride & Prejudice. It's one of my favorite books.

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