Jane Austen could not have imagined the impact her books would have on our lives today. I am a great Austen fan and have read (and re-read) her six completed novels. Even those who have not read her books have encountered Jane Austen because countless movies, plays, and books have been produced based on her work. After all, who can forget such classics as Clueless, Bride and Prejudice, From Prada to Nada, and Pride, Prejudice and Zombies. I am always curious, so I have viewed, read, and enjoyed countless of these Austen remakes.
For all of you who, like me, are hopelessly Lost in Austen, Jane Austen's books are now being modernized or "reimagined" by six bestselling authors as part of the Austen Project. Curious? Take a look at the website, theaustenproject.com. The first of the books, Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope, was published in October 2013. The plot is essentially the same, although Marianne is an architecture student and Marianne goes to the ER when bad boy John Willoughby breaks her heart. Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid will be released on April 1, 2014. Pride and Prejudice by American author, Curtis Sittenfeld, will be released in autumn of 2014. Can you imagine how much trouble Lydia Bennett will get into on Twitter? Alexander McCall Smith will be writing Emma. The authors of Persuasion and Mansfield Park have not yet been announced.
If you are all a twitter about Jane Austen "reimagined" for our modern world, begin with Sense and Sensibility, get on the hold list for Northanger Abbey and watch for the autumn release of Pride and Prejudice.