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Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure

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Bringing together Jane Austen's most beloved characters and storylines—a clever, playful, interactive, and highly entertaining approach to the wildly popular novels in which you, the reader, decide the outcome

Name: Elizabeth Bennet.
Mission: To marry both prudently and for love.
How? It's entirely up to the reader.

The journey begins in Pride and Prejudice but quickly takes o
Paperback, 345 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Riverhead Books
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Aug 08, 2007 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Jane Austen
Shelves: janeite
I died. Not the ending I was hoping for. It was a really good book until I died.
Nov 11, 2008 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: regency, for-kirsten
This book is a great experience for a P&P junkie like myself! Before I get to my spoilery endings, I gotta say that the best part of this book is the choices. I didn't read much of it - just skimmed it because I knew the story so well. It's the choices (especially the bad ones) that are so entertaining and allow you to explore the "what ifs" that the movies and books don't explain.

There's MANY different endings, happy and sad and most of them incredibly humourous! I did not explore even half
Sasha James
Apr 14, 2012 Sasha James rated it really liked it
If you stick EXACTLY to the events of PRIDE & PREJUDICE and make all the decisions Elizabeth makes, you'll get your perfect little marriage with Darcy. But you could just read PRIDE & PREJUDICE for that. Make mistakes; Screw up. It's hilarious.

Attempt #1: Disfigured by gypsies.
Attempt #2: Smothered to death by the nauseating meekness of Fanny Price.
Attempt #4: Trampled by Caroline Bingley's carriage, that murdering whore.
Attempt #5: Died an ol
May 15, 2016 AMEERA rated it it was amazing
absolutely loved it .
Aug 16, 2009 Christina rated it really liked it
I know, I know. A Choose Your Own Adventure book set within Pride and Prejudice: sounds too good to be true! This really was an amusing diversion, and I stayed up WAY too late last night trying to complete the mission of a fortuitous and loving marriage. First I was disfigured by gypsies. Then I eloped with Mr. Wickam and had to join a traveling troupe of actors. Then I was murdered by Caroline Bingley. Then I married Captain Wentworth (from Persuasion). But after lots of cheating, I won (marrie ...more
Oct 25, 2014 Beatriz rated it liked it
La verdad es que el libro ha estado gracioso, sobre todo por los finales inesperados. Nada más empezar una panda de gitanos me dio una paliza que me desfiguró la cara, evitando así que me pudiera casar nunca con nadie. Los libros de aventuras siempre suelo empezarlos así, a lo grande, con palizas y muerte.

He estado a punto de casarme mínimo seis veces por lo menos. Unas veces podía seguir con la historia y otras moría solterona o me pasaba alguna desgracia, aunque casi que peor era casarse...

Jan 15, 2010 Cami rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loves Jane Austen
Recommended to Cami by: Jessica Romney
This book was SO MUCH FUN! It got me through a very bad day with strep throat.
It's just like the choose-your-own-adventure books from your youth (or your children's youths), except you get to be Elizabeth Bennett. Depending on your choices, you'll see characters from all of Jane Austen's works as well as people she knew herself. Everything is expertly woven together and so many times I found myself laughing out loud, especially when my carriage ran over Mr. Elton (from Emma) in his effort to sto
Oct 30, 2014 Emlen rated it liked it
Good silly fun. The first time I tried, I ended up getting into Marianne's plot from Sense and Sensibility, then, after coming back to Pride and Prejudice, slipping on some ice and breaking my neck. The second time I ended up marrying Henry Crawford from Mansfield Park, which the book does not allow to be a happy ending, but I went into it with my eyes open. After that, I stopped following the (hilariously complicated) rules, and just flipped through trying to check out the different possible st ...more
Moira Russell
Amusing, but not quite as fun as I expected. Some of the wilder endings are silly (couldn't she have borrowed more from the juvenilia if she wanted to go nuts?), when you/Elizabeth Bennett are put into Northanger Abbey you/she still act(s) like Catherine Morland, and, as other reviewers noted, sometimes a modern viewpoint seems privileged over Austen's own time (especially in the uber-ending, which nearly wrecked the book for me, but I pretty much ignored it. If I'd been in my twenties I might h ...more
Jul 01, 2012 Michelle rated it it was ok
I first saw this book at work in the bookstore and just the concept of a Choose Your Own Adventure brought back fond memories of library time in grade school. Plus, couple that with Austen, and I was sold on this book.

It is a cute premise, but as you get further into the book, it ends up rather disappointing. Rather than creating Austen-inspired original situations, the book just follows "Pride and Prejudice" with a bit of "Emma" thrown in. As long as you've read P&P and know it by heart, yo
Up date 24 July Yay I did this again to~day and....I married Mr Darcy, don't know how but I did :)

I enjoyed this 'create your own story' book, although I died once folowing a silent reel with Mr Darcy at a ball,where I stomped off in the dark and broke my neck on a patch of ice:( and then when I finally thought I may have an HEA I caused an accident and was thrown into prison. Fun to do, 5 stars if I was 14/15 and into role play.

will I keep it? yes of course! good for rainy day entertainment:)

Feb 14, 2014 Elisabetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho ucciso Mr. Elton!!

Mi sono divertita tantissimo nel leggere e giocare (ma soprattutto giocare) con questo libro.
Ecco la mia avventura.
Inizialmente catapultata in Orgoglio e Pregiudizio nei patti di Elizabeth, ho leggermente deviato strada quando, preoccupata per la salute della mia adorata Jane, mi sono attardata qualche giorno in più in casa di Mr. Bingley dove ho potuto conoscere Mr. Crawford (direttamente da Mansfield Park) che, dopo aver corteggiato spudoratamente Mrs Hurst (sì, donna spos
I didn't actually finish the whole book, as in I didn't get married to Mr Darcy. I want to leave it alone for a while and play again with it later, without spoiling all the endings.

Basically, in Regency England, whatever you do, you fail. You have to be careful because the only good outcome is marrying Darcy. That's my main problem with the book (which is otherwise very funny): I thought you could make actual choices, for instance deciding to pull a Charlotte Lucas and marry Mr Collins. But if y
Jan 24, 2008 Sara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans, adults who miss Choose-You-Own-Adventure stories
Recommended to Sara by: Mary
This choose-your-own-adventure populated by characters, settings and decisions faced by Jane Austen heroines is a very enjoyable read.

The book includes instructions so the reader can keep track of their Intelligence and Confidence points, Accomplishments and Failings and Superior and Inferior Connections. I chose to, although the book assured me it wasn't mandatory. I enjoyed the aspect of crossing out points every time I cursed my lucky stars and rejoicing when I answered the occasional muliple
Jennifer Wardrip
May 06, 2009 Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it
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LOST IN AUSTEN is basically PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, the beloved novel by Jane Austen, written in modern English. Oh, and you can choose how the book ends.

At the end of every chapter you, Elizabeth Bennet, must make a decision. After making that decision you go to the specified page and read on until you come to the next two choices. Choice after choice, you must decide what Elizabeth should do in order to achieve her goal: to get married to a fine gentleman.

Oct 25, 2014 Kerrikoala rated it liked it
Shelves: austen-mr-darcy
After multiple deaths, a few bad marriages, and a little--okay, a lot--of cheating/peeking ahead, I have successfully married Mr. Darcy. This was a library copy, so could not come back to at whim to try for different outcomes. Powering through made it seem very long, and boring at times. The characters also seemed to fall deeply in love within a matter of hours or days, which was a little silly, but whatever. It's all just for fun, right?
Oct 29, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
Absolute love! This book creates a way for readers to choose the destiny of Elizabeth Bennet (you). You can end up marrying Darcy, canceling the engagement to him, dying on several occasions, failing even more often and marrying a character from another Jane Austen novel. This is book is perfect for everyone who likes Jane Austen/Pride and Prejudice. Keeping track of you score, which can be frustrating because the scores tend to plummet down quickly, will lead to many different outcomes; all of ...more
Alexandra Freire
Feb 19, 2016 Alexandra Freire rated it liked it
Este libro es muy entretenido. En realidad para toda austenita, ¿quién no quisiera ser parte de sus novelas y quedar con alguno de sus héroes? Creo que a diferencia de las demás reseñas que he hecho esta la haré en una especie de lista. Esperé más de él, de lo que en verdad ocurrió. Pero antes de eso, tengo que recalcar que debes comenzar a leerlo sabiendo que serás sutilmente insultada a lo largo de este libro, que más que una novela es un quiz para saber con quién quedarás...
- La maner
L. Petunia
Nov 22, 2009 L. Petunia rated it liked it
I found the concept of this book intriguing, so I picked it up. It was a pretty fun to read as a fan of Austen, but it didn't quite meet my expectations. I suppose I was hoping for a little more decision-making instead of basically reading summaries of the entire plots of most of Austen's books. However, I found it extremely clever how the author worked other books into the the plot of Pride and Prejudice. By the end, my version of Elizabeth had basically been wooed by every heroine's multiple s ...more
I'll admit to not finishing this book completely, but I think I've died often enough to be able to add it on here.

In this book you 'play' as Elizabeth Bennet, and you get the mission to marry. How to go about this is sort of up to the reader. To totally get into the fun, the reader is encouraged to keep lists of things like Fortune Points, Failings and Superior/Inferior Connections. It stuck with me, because it seems like within no time you have no fortune points left, your list of failings is e
Georgiana 1792
La mia esperienza di gioco

Dopo aver percorso le linee di Orgoglio e pregiudizio (e aver rischiato di rimanere uccisa da Miss Bingley!) con brevi sprazzi di Mansfield Park, ho deviato dalla retta via non appena mi si è presentata l'opportunità di entrare nel mio romanzo preferito, Persuasion. Qui mi sono ritrovata confusa, molto confusa: ero innamorata contemporaneamente di 4 uomini diversi (!!!). Mr Darcy, naturalmente, poi il Capitano Benwick, il Capitano Wentworth e Mr Bennet (l'alter ego di M
Sep 04, 2011 Liz added it
Shelves: fiction, own, 2011-reads
I was intrigued when I spotted this book at Goodwill. I mean a Jane Austen smash-up with the Choose Your Own Adventure books? How could I resist?

While a thoroughly interesting concept this book is a little underwhelming. The reader is reading the book as if they are playing a game in the role of Elizabeth Bennett. The book starts with the storyline of Pride and Prejudice and offers the reader choices. Unfortunately in most circumstances, if you make a choice that doesn't follow merge with what E
Aug 27, 2014 Lauren rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
Lost in Austen is a very interesting concept: a Jane Austen-themed Choose Your Own Adventure book, involving all of Austen’s classic texts. The reader is tasked to marry both prudently and for love, and by keeping both of these tasks in mind, it’s not too hard to find a favorable solution.

Lost in Austen is undeniably unique, and it’s nice for a short, fun activity, but obviously, it’s a bit unfulfilling as an actual book. With multiple categories in which you must record running counts of your
Kerryn Whiteside
Jan 21, 2015 Kerryn Whiteside rated it liked it
Also called Being Elizabeth Bennett: Create your own Jane Austen Adventure. I found it quite entertaining but I think you need to read all the outcomes!
Jul 29, 2016 Selah rated it liked it
A fun romp with lots of laughs for Janeites. As a reader you are punished for choosing something other than what actually happens in P&P, until the very end, when you marry Mr. Darcy if your intelligence score is low. If your intelligence score is high, there's an alternate, feminist ending. Now, I'm a feminist, but why not marriage AND feminism?
May 06, 2016 Sonia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
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Apr 25, 2016 E rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I guess this was at the bottom of my reading pile for a reason.

My God.

I've read plenty of 'option books;' there was a set I really liked when I was younger... was it 'Fabled Lands?' Something like that. So, I actually quite enjoy it as a format, if done well, even though a lot of people find the format itself an issue.

This wasn't the format. It was just ridiculous. I now that it was meant to be ridiculous, but this just transcends ridiculousness. You also had to keep track of all these accomplis
May 29, 2015 Julia rated it really liked it
Truth be told, I was expecting this book to be more inspired by Jane Austen's works as opposed to being completely reliant on them. Surprisingly, I still enjoyed it despite feeling as though I was cheating a little by knowing the original story so well. As others have said below, having a good knowledge of the plot of Pride and Prejudice significantly helps in guiding this book towards the "ideal" ending, but the fun really is in the mistakes. I got to try out a lot of the possibilities I'd wond ...more
Samantha Stohr
Dec 04, 2014 Samantha Stohr rated it really liked it
Lost in Austen by Emma Campbell Webster is a choose your own adventure book in which you make decisions for Elizabeth Bennet. It pretty much had the same storyline of Pride and Prejudice, just shortened and with easier language. As you make decisions, you get different outcomes based on some scores you keep track of and the pages you have to flip to. This book directly tied into Pride and Prejudice and scenes correlated perfectly to how Elizabeth felt in P&P, for example, “You are no longer ...more
Feb 13, 2015 Camille rated it really liked it
his review and others posted over at my blog.

From the back of the book: Your name: Elizabeth Bennet. Your mission: to marry both prudently and for love, avoiding family scandal. Equipped with only your sharp wit, natural good sense, and tolerable beauty, you must navigate your way through a variety of decisions that will determine you own romantic (and financial) fate. Ever wonder what would happen if Elizabeth accepted Mr. Darcy’s proposal the first time around? Or ran from his arms into thos
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