Saturday, December 10, 2011

Explore the Many Genres of Jane Austen Spinoffs 2012 Reading Challenge

 I've gone reading challenge bananas!! I've wanted to do a Jane Austen related challenge, however nothing has been posted yet. So I decided to create my own! So many books have spun-off from Jane Austen's stories. Some of them tell us Pride and Prejudice from a new perspecitive, some imagine what it would look like if certain changes had been made. Some are curious about the supporting characters such as Georgianna, Mr. Darcy's sister, or they've taken Jane's stories and placed a modern day twist on them. And then there is the paranormal branch. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters anyone?

So, here are the rules...

1. There are eight genres in this challenge. You need to complete one book from each genre. 

2. The challenge runs from January 1, 2012 and ends December 31, 2012.

3. You don't have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year. Books can overlap with other challenges.

4. Books can be in any format - paper, audio, all counts!

5. You don't have to post a review, but I'm sure others would love to know about the books you are reading and may even want to add it to their reading lists.You can also join our group on Goodreads.

NOTE: If you don't have a blog and want to participate, that's fine. You don't have to have a blog, just post in the comments section as you finish books.

6. Comment below that you want to join the challenge. If you have a blog, please mention this contest and post a link to this page. ..

  1. Variation Stories: An example of this would be "Darcy's Voyage" by Kara Louise. Essentially this category is for writers who have taken the original story, and changed it. 
  2. Sequel: An example of this would be books by Rebecca Ann Collins, books that follow the Darcy's or Knightly's or whomever after the original story ends. 
  3. Jane Austen as a Fictional Character: 
  4. Paranormal: An example of this would be "Jane and the Damned" by Janet Mullany. These are stories in which Jane Austen characters, or Jane herself, become or interact with vampires, sea monsters, etc.
  5. Modern Adaptation: An example of this would be "Persuading Annie" by Melissa Nathan. Jane Austen's stories written in a modern time frame.
  6. Mystery: A great series is the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mysteries by Carrie Bebris.
  7. Supporting Characters: These are books based on the supporting characters in the book such as Georgiana, Charlotte Lucas, etc. An example would be "Charlotte Collins" by Jennifer Becton
  8. Books by Jane Austen: Many of you have become Austen fans through the movies, or maybe you are a die hard Pride and Prejudice fanatic. Read a novel by Jane: Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Persuasion or Sense and Sensibility. You could even read one of the incomplete works, such as Lady Susan, to complete this challenge. 
Good luck and have fun!!



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1. There are eight genres in this challenge. You need to complete one b...



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My Book List (subject to change)
  1. Variation Story: TBA
  2. Sequel: TBA
  3. Jane Austen as a Fictional Character:TBA
  4. Paranormal: Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford
  5. Modern Adaptation: TBA
  6. Mystery: Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrove Manner by Stephanie Barron
  7. Supporting Characters: Mercy's Embrace by Laura Hile
  8. Books by Jane: Persuasion


  1. YAY! SO excited to participate in this challenge! Is there a place you want us to post links to our reviews?

    Here is my post:

    Thank you for hosting such a fun challenge!

  2. I am very excited about this one, too. And I thought I was done with challenges for the new year. Boy, will I have so many different things to read next year!

    Here's my post!

    Thanks for creating this one and the GoodReads group!

  3. Count me in! I've been wanting a challenge like this for awhile!

    Where do we post links to our reviews?

  4. SO EXCITED about this one! :o)

    Thanks for hosting!

  5. Hi, Im joining thanks =]

    can't wait!!!


  6. I'm joining, thanks!


  7. Count me in!

  8. I'm in! I love continuation stories and spinoffs.

  9. While I am not sure I will be fulfilling this challenge I have recently (like over the last weekend) been enjoying several BBC miniseries on DVD celebrating that era.
    Lark Rise to Candleford, Cranford, and Wives and Daughters.
    For times when I have to be doing other things as I get my literary fill.

  10. HI, I will take up this challenge. I love to read the Austenesque novels and will enjoy this immensely!

    I do not have a blog but should I get one up and running I will post with a link.

    Thanks for the challenge.

  11. I read Dreaming of Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connelly for the Modern Adaptation category:

  12. I read Henry Tilney's Diary by Amanda Grange for the Variation category:

  13. I read The Unexpected Miss Bennet for the Supporting Characters category:

  14. I read The Three Colonels in the Sequels category:

    The review will post tomorrow.


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