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Will Jane Austen Ever Rest in Peace?

A new novel inspired by her is hitting stores; here’s a look at some of the many books that have celebrated — or exploited — dear Jane

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Playing with Pride and Prejudice
Austen’s most famous novel has been reworked over 125 times

Austenland
Shannon Hale
A young New York woman can’t find the right man because she’s secretly fixated on Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy. (2007)

Bridget Jones’s Diary
Helen Fielding
A hapless, charming, weight-obsessed Londoner meets a Darcy of her own. (1998)

Darcy’s Dreams
Regina Jeffers
Darcy loses his memory. (2008)

Darcy’s Voyage
Kara Louise
What if P&P had been set entirely on a ship? (2010)

Death Comes to Pemberley
P.D. James
What if somebody murdered Wickham? (2011)

Deception
Ola Wegner
Lizzy meets another man. (2010)

First Impressions
Debra White Smith
A lawyer playing Lizzy on stage falls for the wealthy man playing Darcy. (2004)

The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet
Colleen McCullough
Mary becomes a beauty to rival her sisters. (2008)

Loves, Lies and Lizzie
Rosie Rushton
The Bennet sisters are caught up in a glamorous life of partying. (2009)

Me and Mr. Darcy
Alexandra Potter
A P&P addict on a tour of Jane Austen country meets a foul-tempered journalist. (2007)

Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride
Helen Halstead
Newlyweds Lizzy and Darcy navigate London’s high society. (2007)

Mr. Darcy’s Bite
Mary Lydon Simonsen
What if Mr. Darcy were a werewolf? (2011)

Mr. Darcy’s Daughters
Elizabeth Aston
About Mr. Darcy’s daughters. (2003)

Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife
Linda Berdoll
A steamy sequel from a romance writer. (2004)

Prada & Prejudice
Mandy Hubbard
After klutzy Callie trips in Prada heels, she wakes up in 1815. (2009)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Seth Grahame-Smith
Lizzy Bennet dispatches the undead. (2009)

Pride & Pyramids
Amanda Grange & Jacqueline Webb
The Darcys visit Egypt. (2012)

The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy
Sara Angelini
More steaminess, this time with legal expert Darcy and attorney Lizzy. (2009)

An Unequal Marriage
Emma Tennant
Lizzy and Darcy’s son gambles away their fortune. (1994)

Vampire Darcy’s Desire
Regina Jeffers
What if Mr. Darcy were a vampire haunted by a 200-year-old curse? (2009)


Paying Homage to Persuasion
There are more than a dozen tributes

Echoes of Love
Rosie Rushton
Felix Wentworth returns from a tour of duty in Afghanistan to find True Love. (2010)

The Family Fortune
Laurie Horowitz
Bostonian Jane Fortune pines for True Love while her family’s wealth dwindles. (2007)

Jane Austen in Scarsdale
Paula Marantz Cohen
A suburban New York guidance counselor gives up her True Love because he’s poor. (2007)


Twisting Emma
Thought Clueless was the only spin on it? As if!

Emma in Love
Emma Tennant
Emma, married four years and bored stiff, starts matchmaking again. (1997)

Emma, Mr. Knightley, and Chili-Slaw Dogs
Mary Jane Hathaway
Emma hits the modern South. (2013)

The Highbury Murders
Victoria Grossack
A mystery centering on the killing of a matriarch. (2013)

Scones and Sensibility
Lindsay Eland
A 12-year-old Austen fan tries to fix up her best friend’s mother. (2010)


Messing with Sense and Sensibility
Cads — and monsters

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
Ben H. Winters
What if the Dashwood sisters were evicted and sent to live on some weird island? (2009)

Willoughby’s Return
Jane Odiwe
Marianne has married Colonel Brandon and forgotten all about Willoughby — until he tries to win her back. (2009)


Recycling Mansfield Park
Novelists seem to love living there

Mansfield Park and Mummies
Vera Nazarian
Mummies invade Regency England in a parody where Edmund attempts exorcisms and Lady Bertram collects Egyptian artifacts. (2009)

Version and Diversion
Judith Terry
The employees of Mansfield Park are the stars of this adaptation. (1987)


Rebooting Northanger Abbey
From YA…to murder?

Northanger Alibi
Jenni James
A modern YA adaptation featuring a Twilight-crazed girl. (2012)

Northpointe Chalet
Debra White Smith
A young woman meets a magnetic stranger who takes refuge in her Colorado bookstore one rainy night. (2005)

There Must Be Murder
Margaret C. Sullivan
The Tilneys are happily married, until Catherine suspects that Henry has had a relationship with a beautiful woman. (2010)


Writing Jane Herself Into the Story
She’s been a vampire, a sleuth, a teenager…

Austentatious
Alyssa Goodnight
A young woman finds a blank vintage journal hidden among Austen’s novels. When she writes in it, “Jane” writes back. (2012)

Blood Persuasion
Janet Mullany
What if Jane Austen were part of a vampire colony? And what if there were a vampire civil war? (2011)

I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend
Cora Harrison
Teenage Jane’s cousin Jenny Cooper comes to stay but might bring scandal to the Austen family. (2010)

Jane and His Lordship’s Legacy
Stephanie Barron
What if Jane Austen were a detective mourning the love of her life when she discovers a corpse in the cellar of her new home? (2005)

Jane Austen & the Archangel
Pamela Aares
Jane enlists a mysterious man to help find her friend’s fiancé. But he’s an angel and Lucifer’s up to no good. (2012)

Jane Bites Back
Michael Thomas Ford
Jane’s a vampire once more. She’s alive 200 years after her “death,” quietly watching her novels fly off the shelves. (2010)

Killer Cruise
Laura Levine
What if a dancer were murdered on a cruise ship and Jane had to solve the mystery? (2010)