Me and Mr Darcy by Alexandra Potter
Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
Lost in Austen
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Seducing Mr Darcy by Gwen Cready
Bride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
No matter the format we are always entertained by the love stories and wish for a little of it to permeate throughout our own lives. We are obsessed with a perfect storybook romance, with strong, honourable and intelligent gentlemen but we skip the fact that the love depicted by Austen is far from fairy tale. Things go wrong and the characters are flawed, they stumble into love, just as we all do in reality. Maybe we just want the adventure of a romance. In a way Austen is to be blamed for perhaps an unrealistic expectation, an Austen Complex.
What would Jane do? Well, Miss Austen waited all of her life for the right man and spent her days writing stories that gave hope to all girls. Maybe she was a victim of this complex as she never married...