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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)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,520 ratings  ·  257 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 • May ...more
Paperback, 445 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars, rounding up. An anthology of 22 Jane Austen-inspired short stories, an eclectic mix of straight sequels/epilogues to JA novels, ghost stories featuring JA or her characters, modern stories with a JA connection, and a few other types of stories tossed into the mix. This was on a $1.99 Kindle sale, and I'm kind of a sucker for Jane Austen fanfic even though I usually end up being underwhelmed in the end. But this one has the fact that it's published by a traditional publisher going for ...more
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
This is like the ultimate box of chocolates of Jane Austen inspired stories. Now I will admit I didn't love everyone of them completely but there are enough choices that if you don't love nuts or caramels there are plenty of butter creams and jellies.

For what ever reason my favorites were the Northanger Abbey modern versions each of which involved very different ghosts. A Night at Northanger
The Mysterious Closet

Jane Austen's Nightmare which has her challenged by various characters.
Jane Au
Nov 17, 2011 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
Shannon Winslow
Oct 22, 2011 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
Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it
This is an anthology of stories edited by AustenProse's Laurel Ann Nattress. The stories are inspired by Jane Austen, her family, her writings and her attitudes towards life and love. Most of the stories are written by Austenesque authors and other romance writers. One story is written by a contest winner.

The first story "Jane Austen's Nightmare" follows Jane into the depths of a dream in which she is confronted by her characters. Some of her characters are angry at her portrayal of them and oth
Eliza Shearer
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 starts rounded up to 5
Jane Austen Made Me Do It is a gem of a book, perfect for Jane Austen fans who like variety. As the title suggests, it's an anthology of Jane Austen-inspired fiction and it embraces a wide range of settings, genres and themes. The quality of the editing work is superb; I found all stories to be really enjoyable, which is rare in compilations. I tend to prefer novels to short stories, but this compendium is a joy to read and I readily recommend it to all Janeites keen to
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sometimes you pick up the right book at the right time, and that's just what happened for me with this book. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it.

With any anthology, I would expect to like some stories more than others—and I did—but there was hardly a dud in the bunch. They were all excessively diverting.

I also appreciated that the stories were relatively clean: a little language and a few references here and there but nothing nasty. Thank you.
Laurie Rigler
Sep 17, 2011 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.
Oct 24, 2011 added 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 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
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Jan 22, 2011 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
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
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
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I have to rate the book on the average of how I felt about all the stories, though obviously some I really liked, some I didn't, and some I didn't really read due to supernatural content. Here are the stories I liked. The others, you can assume I found either dull, saccharine, or problematic in some way.

Jane Austen's Nightmare, entertaining enough story about Jane dreaming that her characters come to life and either reproach her or thank her for the way she made them.

Jane Austen and the Mistleto
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
Jan 05, 2012 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 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 04, 2011 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
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
This collection is okay. The only story I really liked is Lauren Willig's Northanger Abbey story. Don't recommend.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
The 22 short stories collected here share the premise of being about Jane Austen, or her works, or her family, or inspired by her somehow. Some succeed brilliantly. Some are merely good. Some are awful. All would benefit from a courtroom scene imagined in the final tale in the book, in which they are judged against a standard of “intolerable stupidity.” I’m putting myself in the position of the judge, and there is no jury here.
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Oct 03, 2011 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 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Robin
Ebook provided by NetGalley

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
This was fun. But perhaps not as fun as I had hoped.
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
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 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
Aug 30, 2011 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
Jun 01, 2011 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
Sep 29, 2011 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 05, 2015 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
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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.

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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