Austen Adjacent

Exploring Jane Austen spinoffs one book at a time

Jane and the Damned by Janet Mullany

“Jane and the Damned” is set in the late 18th century when English society is tense with the threat of a French invasion and occupied with the issue of how to deal with the Damned—the fashionable, high society vampires who are seducing the local populace left and right. Hot off the heels of her latest […]

Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan

Ted Scheinman is a journalist and academic who—thanks to his mother—has grown up in the world of Janeites, fans of Jane Austen that include everyone from fanfic writers and bloggers to Regency cosplayers and literary scholars. While a graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill, he is recruited to help organize the first Jane Austen summer camp […]

Ayesha at Last, a modern Muslim love story

Set in modern-day Canada, “Ayesha at Last” explores themes found in Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”—societal expectations, reputation in the community, complicated family dynamics, overcoming personal obstacles—through the lens of several Muslim families. The back of “Ayesha at Last,” Uzma Jalaluddin’s debut novel, says it’s “a modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of […]

The Jane Austen Book Club

The plot: five women and one man meet monthly to discuss each of Jane Austen’s six novels. Bonus: Maybe some of the themes found in Austen relate to the characters’ modern day woes and triumphs. While the concept of “The Jane Austen Book Club” by Karen Joy Fowler seems simple, the execution is anything but. […]

Death comes to Pemberley book cover

Death Comes to Pemberley, a cozy whodunit

I’m generally a fan of P.D. James’ crime novels (The Murder Room being one of my favorites), so when I heard she wrote a Pride and Prejudice themed mystery, I was intrigued. I appreciated the short prologue. P.D. James doesn’t linger too long over recanting the events of “Pride and Prejudice,” but gives enough context […]

Pursuit of Mary Bennet brings neglected character into the light

When it comes to the Bennet sisters of Pride & Prejudice, middle child Mary is often the one left out, the oddball in the family, overshadowed by her sisters. She prefers the company of her pianoforte to any person and doesn’t share in sisterly relationships at the same level as the Jane/Elizabeth and Kitty/Lydia pairings. […]

Artist Feature: Playing with Peg Dolls

Each month, Austen Adjacent features an artist/ crafter/ creator making bookish goods, whether Austen-themed or not. They can be creations inspired by literature or crafts created from books themselves; fan works created for their own enjoyment, or articles sold in small businesses. This month’s feature is on Playing With Peg Dolls, a business based in […]

Pride and Prejudice: Where it began

My love for Jane Austen started with “Pride and Prejudice.” Specifically, it began with the Scholastic Classics edition pictured above, which I ordered from one of those Scholastic Book Club flyers in middle school. I chose it because I knew it was one of those books everyone is meant to read, and I thought the […]

Cozy Classics: Pride and Prejudice

It’s hard to believe a beloved classic could be conveyed in only 12 words, but Jack and Holman Wang have done just that with their Cozy Classics series. These sturdy board books—including titles like “Moby Dick,” “Les Miserables” and “Pride and Prejudice”—feature 12 scenes illustrated with needle-felt characters, each accompanied by a single descriptive word. […]