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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)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  1,264 Ratings  ·  227 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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Emer (ALittleHaze)
Sep 02, 2016 Emer (ALittleHaze) marked it as lost-interest
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I love all things Jane Austen but sadly a collection of short stories inspired by her couldn't shift me out of my book funk this summer and I returned this book unfinished to my library. I did however jot down this quote from one of the stories and I really liked it.

from 'The Ghostwriter' (unfortunately I didn't take note of the author's name)

"It surprises me that people are still reading my novels so long after they were written and I departed this earth, but for a young woman of your age, I
Ana T.
Nov 17, 2011 Ana T. rated it really liked it
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
Laurie Rigler
May 28, 2012 Laurie Rigler rated it it was amazing  ·  (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.
Jan 12, 2017 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
Jane Austen Made Me Do It is a collection of 22 stories inspired by Jane Austen. Edited by Laurel Ann Nattress of Austenprose, this anthology features an assortment of authors best known for their Austenesque novels, including Stephanie Barron, Laurie Viera Rigler, Amanda Grange, Syrie James, and Beth Pattillo. Jane Austen Made Me Do It is the perfect book for readers who want to try a sequel or retelling of an Austen novel or those who simply want to enjoy the fact that so many authors share th ...more
Feb 05, 2012 Marlene rated it really liked it
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
Feb 27, 2012 Tatiana rated it really liked it
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 it was amazing
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
Nov 14, 2011 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Published by: Ballantine Books

Pages: 464

Genre: Fiction, General & Historical Romance
The 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 she's having a delighted laugh over this one
Yvann S
Dec 20, 2011 Yvann S rated it liked it
“‘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
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Nov 06, 2011 Meredith (Austenesque Reviews) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jane-austen
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
Oct 04, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing
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
Romancing the Book
Oct 30, 2011 Romancing the Book rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Robin
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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
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
Paula  Phillips
Nov 27, 2011 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it
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
Sep 06, 2011 Kimberly rated it liked it
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
Charla Wilson
Dec 15, 2011 Charla Wilson rated it it was amazing
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
Maria Grazia
Nov 23, 2011 Maria Grazia rated it really liked it
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
Heather McKeon
Sep 21, 2015 Heather McKeon rated it really liked it
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 say that I really quite liked this book. My favori ...more
Nov 01, 2011 Charlene rated it really liked it
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 few 3 stars but did enjoy those stories very much! ...more
Apr 09, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: jane-austen
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
Jan 23, 2012 Shannon Winslow rated it really liked it
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
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)

Oct 14, 2011 Shawn rated it liked it
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.
Jan 02, 2014 Victoria rated it really liked it
Shelves: austen, reviewed
I loved reading this collection of short stories. It was so convenient to read a story here or there. I liked the historical stories more than the modern ones, but that's due to my personal preference, and not the quality of the stories. I hope there is a second version including more Austen-inspired writers that have emerged and made a name for themselves since this book has been published!
Mar 25, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 24, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: austen-related
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."
Jul 19, 2011 Mockingbird rated it really liked it
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.
I was a bit disappointed by this - I don't know why, because it always happen to me when I read JA related stuff. I find the heroines in contemporary stories absurd and unlikeable (not all of them, but most), and the prequels and sequels of real JA works never live up to the real ones (which is obvious, but it makes me sad). I think all of these stories are well written and (ok, maybe except for two) are quite intelligent, they just were not original or interesting enough for me. A quick one by ...more
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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 13 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)
  • Jane and the Barque of Frailty (Jane Austen Mysteries, #9)
  • Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron (Jane Austen Mysteries, #10)

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