Jane Austen Made Me Do It by Laurel Ann Nattress

Jane Austen Made Me Do It

Stories by: Lauren Willig • Adriana Trigiani • Jo Beverley • Alexandra Potter • Laurie Viera Rigler • Frank Delaney & Diane Meier • Syrie James • Stephanie Barron • Amanda Grange • Pamela Aidan • Elizabeth Aston • Carrie Bebris • Diana Birchall • Monica Fairview • Janet Mullany • Jane Odiwe • Beth Pattillo • Myretta Robens • Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway • Maya Slater • Margaret C. Sullivan • an...

Details Jane Austen Made Me Do It

TitleJane Austen Made Me Do It
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Anthologies, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Reviews Jane Austen Made Me Do It

  • Leslie
    This is like the ultimate box of chocolates of Jane Austen inspired stories. Now I will admit I didn't love everyone of them completely but there are enough choices that if you don't love nuts or caramels there are plenty of butter creams and jellies.For what ever reason my favorites were the Northanger Abbey modern versions each of which involved very different ghosts. A Night at NorthangerThe Mysterious ClosetRegencyJane Austen's Nightmare whic...
  • Ana T.
    When I was asked to review this book I was very excited. I love Jane Austen's books and I just can't resist reading sequels and spinoffs because I love revisiting the characters.Jane Austen Made Me Do It is an anthology including many different stories. There are contemporary stories and historical ones. There are sequels and there are spinoffs. And there are stories about Jane Austen and her family. The fact that the stories are so varied makes ...
  • QNPoohBear
    This is an anthology of stories edited by AustenProse's Laurel Ann Nattress. The stories are inspired by Jane Austen, her family, her writings and her attitudes towards life and love. Most of the stories are written by Austenesque authors and other romance writers. One story is written by a contest winner.The first story "Jane Austen's Nightmare" follows Jane into the depths of a dream in which she is confronted by her characters. Some of her cha...
  • Eliza Shearer
    4.5 starts rounded up to 5Jane Austen Made Me Do It is a gem of a book, perfect for Jane Austen fans who like variety. As the title suggests, it's an anthology of Jane Austen-inspired fiction and it embraces a wide range of settings, genres and themes. The quality of the editing work is superb; I found all stories to be really enjoyable, which is rare in compilations. I tend to prefer novels to short stories, but this compendium is a joy to read ...
  • Dianna
    Sometimes you pick up the right book at the right time, and that's just what happened for me with this book. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it. With any anthology, I would expect to like some stories more than others—and I did—but there was hardly a dud in the bunch. They were all excessively diverting. I also appreciated that the stories were relatively clean: a little language and a few references here and there but nothing nasty. Than...
  • Laurie Rigler
    I had so much fun writing my story, reading contest entries for the short story contest (winner got published in the book), and reading descriptions of my fellow authors' contributions that I cannot wait to read the book! It promises to be a diverse and fascinating collection of stories from a diverse group of authors connected by their love of Austen.
  • Marlene
    Jane Austen made me do it. Made me do what? Mostly made me have a lot of fun reading this collection of short stories inspired by her works!Jane Austen Made Me Do It, the book, is a collection of short stories inspired by the life and works of Jane Austen. Of course. The collection was edited by Laurel Ann Nattress, and features stories by a host of writers from Stephanie Barron to Lauren Willig.I read most of the Jane Austen oeuvre during my int...
  • Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
    OVERVIEW:In this magnificent anthology, twenty-four praiseworthy and skilled authors take up their pens to pay homage to one of the most adored and beloved authors of all time. United by their love for Jane Austen, these authors composed stories that are well-crafted, enchanting, and compelling. With stories averaging around twenty pages each in this compilations, plus a section of Jane Austen quotes and discussion questions, this comprehensive t...
  • Tatiana
    Each one of these short stories was inspired by Jane Austen or her works, in some way paying homage to the “soother of every sorrow”—with original stories about the characters in her books, modern day influences, or even Jane herself. Some of my friends here on GR will recall that certain ode to Jane Austen *cough* that I wrote awhile back. Needless to say, I understand where all these writers are coming from concerning their infatuation wi...
  • willaful
    The introduction to this collection of short stories made me uneasy. Movies, t.v., Darcy getting dripping wet -- there seemed to be very little about Jane Austen’s actual words. I wanted to read stories inspired by her books, not by wet t-shirt night Colin Firth.Happily, “Jane Austen’s Nightmare” by Syrie James cheered me up immensely and was a great start to the collection. Rather than a sequel or retelling, it’s a first person narrati...
  • Vic
    Great Read: Loved This AnthologyOne regret I have in my busy life is the lack of leisure time I have for reading. Right now there are four stacks of books on the floor of my office, all waiting to be read. So many books! So little time. Given my schedule, I am glad I set aside the required hours to read 'Jane Austen Made Me Do It', an anthology of Jane Austen-inspired stories by published Jane Austen sequel authors and edited by Laurel Ann Nattre...
  • Deborah
    Published by: Ballantine BooksPages: 464Genre: Fiction, General & Historical RomanceThe Dame's View:Will it be enough to say that I wish this book had gone on and on just like a Jane Austen novel? Laurel Ann Nattress has achieved a coup in this first of her books. Who could have imagined that so many "mash-up" short stories would have been released about Jane Austen's novels and her characters? I'll bet the great Jane wouldn't have. And, I'll bet...
  • Yvann S
    “‘You made us too perfect’ said Elinor”This is a collection of short stories inspired by Jane Austen, all never-before-published. Unfortunately, for many of them, that is for a good reason. The start to the blurb rather gives away why:“My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” If you just heaved a contented sigh at Mr. Darcy’s heartfelt words, then you, dear reader, are in ...
  • Shannon Winslow
    The strength of this book as a whole - its impressive variety - constitutes its only weakness for the individual reader. While there's bound to be something that appeals to every taste, the corolary is also true. Not all the short stories in this collection will appeal to any one person. And that's okay. Although we may all love Jane Austen, we probably love her for different reasons. This book delivers a prime example of the wide-ranging ways to...
  • Judy
    Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature's Most Austute Observer of the Human Heart.Introduction by Laurel Ann Nattress*Jane Austen's Nightmare by Syrie JamesAs Jane finds herself in Bath, her characters show up and complain what Jane did wrong with them in her books. Only the Darcy's and Bingley's are content.*Waiting: A story inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion by Jane OdiweAnne Elliot & Captain Wentworth are thinking...
  • Romancing the Book
    Reviewed by RobinEbook provided by NetGalleyWho would have thought that a book containing short stories centered on the works of Jane Austen could be so utterly entertaining? Each one is an inspiration to Jane Austen and how strong she made her characters. Each one is able to definitely stand the test of time. Characters that even when taken today and developed into new stories still stand strong on their own.From the first we are drawn into the ...
  • Blodeuedd Finland
    As always like with all stories, some I liked some not so much. Some I wanted to read more of because they were good, and some I thought also needed to be longer because I was just confused when they were so short. All in all this was a nice collection of different variations, modern version and a few ghosts.Jane Austen's Nightmare Syrie JamesJA meets her characters, it was such a delightful and short story :D Must read more by this author.Waitin...
  • Cleo
    Jane Austen Made Me Do It is just that; a book of short stories inspired by Jane Austen. Some are stories of Austen's own life, others are a kind "after the book ends" (for Persuasion and Emma) and some are just Austen related. In the first story, Jane Austen ventures out into Bath, and encounters many of her literary characters, all of whom have serious complaints about their characters and how their stories turned out (except for the characters...
  • Paula Phillips
    Growing up , I have always been a Jane Austen fan and have loved to read any form of Literature associated with her books , so when I saw this anthology come up on Netgalley for review , I just had to read it :) and I'm glad I did as I loved it. Jane Austen Made Me Do It is the perfect short story collection for any fan of Jane Austen whether you prefer to stick to the originals or like me have a fancy for the renditions like Pride and Prejudice ...
  • ☕ Kimberly
    I have long been a fan of Jane Austen and was excited to read this collection. Jane Austen Made Me Do It, is a collection of short stories written by modern authors who love Jane Austen. As with any collection of short stories I have read, not all of them were my cup of tea. Overall, I truly enjoyed this wonderful collection. The book boasts a wide range of authors and a few of my personal favorites. I was also delighted with the mixed genres inc...
  • Charla Wilson
    This wonderful book is full of stories written in Jane Austen fashion. Each writer was asked to pair a story with their favorite Jane Austen Quote. It is editied by my friend Laurel Ann Nattress over at Austenprose.com. Laurel Ann also wrote the introduction which is great all by itself! This book is for all Jane Lovers! I found that as I was reading the stories, I would forget that I was not reading Jane Austen. The stories are that good! There ...
  • Maria Grazia
    Jane Austen Made Me Do It is a wonderful collection of Austenesque short stories and an illuminating example of how … union is strength. A group of 22 Austen Authors have been writing for the same goal and have aimed at this extraordinary achievement all together under the guide of a very special editor, Laurel Ann Natress, who is at the same time a great expert of Jane Austen and of the book market and marketing. It has been a delightful full ...
  • Heather McKeon
    This is my 'a book of short stories' for my reading challenge. In fact it's a book of short stories inspired by Jane Austen's life and/or novels and on the whole it was lovely. Of the 22 short stories there were only 3 that weren't my favorite - 2 of the 3 were just OK for me and only 1 did I just plain not enjoy. So I'd say that's pretty good - cause you never know what you're going to get from a bunch of different authors, so I think I have to ...
  • Charlene
    This compilation of short stories was wonderful. There were to many to comment on any specific story, as there were 22 such stories. They ranged from continuations/alteration of Jane's works to stories with Jane herself in the story plot. There were also a lot of modern versions of Jane Austen's work. They were all written very entertaining and I enjoyed them immensely. I personally rated most of the stories 4 stars, some 5 stars. I also rate a f...
  • Cindy
    If you like anthologies of Jane Austen, you will love this book! Most of the stories were really good (I personally liked the ones set in the Regency era). There were several stories about Austen's characters, some about Austen herself, some with Austen as a very minor character, and some with characters who have read or are reading Austen stories within the plotline. My least favorite story was one that focused on William Austen, Jane's brother,...
  • Brenda
    My favourite stories in this collection were - Jane and the Gentleman Rogue (Stephanie Barron)Nothing Less Than Fairy-land (Monica Fairview)Love and Best Wishes, Aunt Jane (Adriana Trigiani)Jane Austen and the Mistletoe Kiss (Jo Beverley)Heard of You (Margaret C. Sullivan)The Mysterious Closet: A Tale (Myretta Robins)What Would Austen Do? (Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway)The Love Letter (Brenna Aubrey)
  • Shawn
    Some decent efforts. I had to skip two -- ghost stories -- not my thing. One story I wish I had skipped -- "The Chase" -- horribly boring. But, the last story, "Intolerable Stupidity", while not usually my type of read, was so clever and well done it was well worth the purchase price. Full disclosure: My husband managed to snag Me a free copy, so my purchase price was nothing, but..., you get what I mean.