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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)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,624 ratings  ·  279 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 Sl ...more
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Published October 11th 2011 by Ballantine Books
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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
Emer (A Little Haze)
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,
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

Rating and reviewing anthologies is always super hard, because there will always be certain stories that you like more than others. I certainly struggled with rating this anthology, as there doesn't seem to be any stories that really stand out to me. There were none that I loved and none that I hated. I am having a hard time even remembering any of them. So I decided to go with a safe rating of 3 stars.
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
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
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful collection of Jane Austen-inspired short stories. It was published in 2011, so many JAFF-lovers who discovered the genre after that (like myself) may not have come across it.

There are 22 tales, and they're quite diverse. Regency, modern, paranormal, humorous, serious, in a courtroom, in a classroom, JA book-inspired, JA's a veritable cornucopia. I recognize some author's names, while others are new to me, but the quality of the writing is uniformly excelle
Elin Eriksen
May 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-jaff

Jane Austen made me do it is a collection of over twenty short stories by renowned authors.

Jane Austen's Nightmare, Syrie James
An intriguing story where Jane Austen herself wandered the streets of Bath, encountering some rather displeased characters.

Waiting, Jane Odiwe
A delightful peek behind the scene of how Captain Wentworth and Anne delivered the news of their betrothal to her family.

A Night at Northanger, Lauren Willig
A contemporary ghost story where a group visit Northanger Abbey
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
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. ...more
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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
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
Lynn Spencer
This anthology is a real mixed bag for me. As one might expect, there are plenty of Austen sequels in here. There are also some original, Austen-inspired stories. I have to admit that I tend to prefer the latter to the former. While some of the stories in this book were a bit blah for me, there were several that made me glad I gave this book a try.

The anthology starts off strong with "Jane Austen's Nightmare," in which Syrie James imagines Jane Austen confronted by some of her fictional creation
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
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
I won this from LibraryThing's Member Giveaway – Many thanks.

Partly in celebration, I take it, of the bicentenary of Sense and Sensibility comes this collection of Austenabilia. There are twenty-two stories commissioned for this book which center on Jane Austen or her characters in some way – a wide variety of ways, from what has to be admitted to be fan fiction to insertion of Jane or her ghost as a player in the cast to largely unrelated stories that barely brush the subject at hand. The gen
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 bec
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
Carolyn Page
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Every once in a while, you make a surprisingly good find at your local Dollar Tree. I got this for a measly dollar, and was surprised to find it as good as I did! This is a collection of short stories by various authors of Austen-inspired fiction. As such pastiches go, they range from the fan-servicey to the insightful, and from the excellent to the insipid. I'm keeping my copy though. I've read it twice so far, and I'm sure I shall read it again. ...more
Emily Dybdahl
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
I am a Janeite, or Austenite, or whatever the term is, and I love her works and the movies and shows based on them, and once in awhile derivative fiction. I'm not a huge fan of fluffy romance in the modern way of telling though so most of the stories in this collection bored me. They focused too much on a curve of the neck or a stray wisp of hair or a longing for some sorry average chap with a puppy dog look. A few stories that I enjoyed were "Mr. Bennet Meets His Match", "Letters to Lydia", and ...more
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. ...more
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 aga
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
A few enjoyable stories interspersed with a lot that just didn't deliver. ...more
Romancing the Book
Oct 30, 2011 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
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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)
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