Thursday, August 21, 2014
Austenland by Shannon Hale
My Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Since August is the month dedicated to reading Jane Austen(both original and "retellings"), I decided to go ahead and put Austenland on my reading list. I haven't allowed myself to watch the movie until I read the book, and I really want to watch the movie! Plus, I've enjoyed a few of Hale's other books(Book of a Thousand Days, Princess Academy and Goose Girl).
I know a lot of people that have loved this book, so I almost hate to admit how much I didn't like it. At first, I really did enjoy it! (I actually read it pretty quickly!) The more and more I read, though, the more I got annoyed. The longer I spent away from the book after finishing, the more I disliked it.
I don't want to say that I didn't like Jane. I know people in real life that have some of her ways, and I like them just fine. I didn't like her ways, though! She seemed to jump at any guy that looked at her fondly. I *should* have been happy with the ending, but I wasn't. I just felt sorry for a certain person, because Jane was so wishy-washy concerning her men. I was just shaking my head at some of her decisions. (which is really hypocritical of me, considering how wishy-washy I am with my decisions, though not the ones that truly matter!)
Also, though not the reason for my dislike(at least completely), the book was much less innocent than I thought it would be. There's passionate kissing, profanity(though it doesn't pass into the high category), and lots of "not innocent" things, though NO sex. I know some people roll their eyes at me for this kind of stuff, or even get angry in the secular world(I'm NOT judging you!), but I just thought it would be sweeter. As an adult read, I'd definitely still label it as a clean read, though.
I DO still plan on watching the movie, though I don't know when. Trying to rent a movie is so "iffy" for us. :S
I've saw the movie cover, and I know that Jennifer Coolidge plays a part. Though not an actress one would think I'd like, I simply love her as an actress! If it's family friendly at all, and she's in it, I want to watch it. I immediately figured out who she plays in the movie while reading the book. They could NOT have done a better job picking an actress for the part of Miss Charming. To see her part in the movie has me more excited than anything else.
So, overall I was disappointed, but this is such a well-loved book, I still recommend you give it a shot!
*Thanks to my local library for lending me an e-copy of this book to read!