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Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature's Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart (Jane Austen Mysteries #11.5)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,007 ratings  ·  208 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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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 it easy to appeal to readers, there's something fo
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 interminably long commuting days, which means I liste
Laurie Rigler
May 28, 2012 Laurie Rigler rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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.
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 good company.

I thought I could keep an open mind about fan ficti
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 with the queen of regency romance.

I did take notes while
Jan 05, 2012 Vic rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jane Austen lovers, Short story afficionados
Great Read: Loved This Anthology

One 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 Nattress.

I rarely read anthologies front to back, but fl
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Pages: 464

Genre: Fiction, General & Historical Romance
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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 she's having a delighted laugh over this one
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 and Zombies, Prada and Prejudice etc. This collect
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 James
As 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 Odiwe
Anne Elliot & Captain Wentworth are thinking about what happened nine years ago as he once
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 narrative by Austen herself about unexpectedly meeting some of her
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 of Pride and Prejudice). And these are the heroin ...more
Romancing the Book
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Who 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 lives of Ms. Austen and her characters. In Jane’s
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
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 tome is sure to fill up many hours of enjoyable rea
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 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 are 22 original stories and each one is as good as ...more
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 including paranormal, suspense, gothic romance and co ...more
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 immersion in Austen fan fiction. I had already read
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, who is in the Navy. This story had no reference t ...more
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 today's authors interpret the essence of her work. T ...more
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.
Many of the stories are cleverly done; several have the ghost of Jane Austen visiting or the apparition of Mr. Darcy. I have to admit that while I enjoy P&P, it is the characters of Persuasion that most interested me in the two short stories. The one, in which the midshipman Wentworth, introduces his sister to the future Admiral, is enjoyable. Particularly interesting is the short story "The Chase", a fictional account of the real capture of 5 French ships by Jane's brother that brought him ...more
This is a clever collection of Austen-inspired stories. Each story
is unique, and they include all of jane Austen's novels. I love that there are a variety of genres - romances, mysteries and paranormals - and all of the authors are excellent and devoted Janeites.
This is a great collection of short stories by some of my favorite authors. A few I could have done without but many more I wished did not end so soon. As Jane herself said, "if a book is well written, I always find it too short."
A little something for everyone in this collection of essays. Excellent for The Austenite and the novice.
DNF: I read a couple of stories and the beginnings of the rest and most of them were painfully bad.
Luciana Darce
Estava bastante ansiosa para falar desse livro, uma vez que me diverti imensamente lendo-o. Os contos que compõem essa antologia são quase todos de autores que eu já conhecia e cujo contato tinha sido bastante satisfatório – estão lá Amanda Grange, Stephanie Barron, Pamela Aidan e inúmeros outros.

As histórias vão de um extremo a outro num piscar de olhos. Há vários fantasmas, algumas tantas ‘cenas deletadas’, peças do período regencial e romances modernos: num momento você está nos anos 60 inter
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 James
JA meets her characters, it was such a delightful and short story :D Must read more by this author.

Waiting: A story inspires by Jane Austen's Persuasion by
I won this collection from one of Misty's giveaways during Austen in August over at The Book Rat (thanks again, Misty). I thought it was a collection of essays by authors on how Jane Austen had influenced their lives and their writing, but it turned out to be a collection of Austen spin-offs, continuations, and retellings. This was my first venture into the world of Austen spin-offs, and for the most part, I liked it. I didn't enjoy the contemporary stories as much, but that is due just to perso ...more
Becky R.
Whether you are a fair weather fan of Jane Austen, or a die hard Janeite, Jane Austen Made Me Do It has a wonderful variety of original short stories to catch any reader's attention. Some of the stories are retellings, based on the characters in Austen's famous novels. Other stories are modernizations, featuring Austen characters or themes. Honestly, there is a little something for everyone.

Longtime Austen fans will quickly recognize the authors featured in this compilation. Authors like Lauren
Jan 22, 2012 Andrea rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
This book was ok, but a lot of the stories were alike and it got too repetative after a while. If I read this over a few months instead of a week it would have been better.
Even though I liked most of the stories well enough, I decided to downgrade this book from 3 stars to 2, overall I didn't really like them as a collection and this book can't compete with the next book I want to give 3 stars.

2 Stars
"Jane Austen's Nightmare" by Syrie James - Terrible. It didn't do anything to make me mad, so I
Kate Dana
Laurel Ann Nattress (of should be proud of her achievement as represented in the Jane Austen Made Me Do It (JAMMDI) anthology. The short stories complied here are a reminder to us of the enduring heart of Austen which acts as old friends to us. We all come to Austen for various reasons, but just like a cold winter’s night curled up on the couch under a blanket, with a cup of hot cider, we find a familiar comfort that only Austen can give.

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A life-long acolyte of Jane Austen, Laurel Ann Nattress is the author/editor of a blog devoted to the oeuvre of her favorite author and the many books and movies that she has inspired. She is a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America and a regular contributor to the Jane Austen Centre online magazine. An expatriate of southern California, Laurel Ann lives in a count ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Jane Austen Mysteries (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor (Jane Austen Mysteries, #1)
  • Jane and the Man of the Cloth (Jane Austen Mysteries, #2)
  • Jane and the Wandering Eye (Jane Austen Mysteries, #3)
  • Jane and the Genius of the Place (Jane Austen Mysteries, #4)
  • Jane and the Stillroom Maid (Jane Austen Mysteries, #5)
  • Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House (Jane Austen Mysteries, #6)
  • Jane and the Ghosts of Netley (Jane Austen Mysteries, #7)
  • Jane and His Lordship's Legacy (Jane Austen Mysteries, #8)
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