I have enjoyed all of the Jane Austen novels that I’ve read, and as I started ordering books and learning the collection here at the library, it amused and surprised me that so many other authors felt the need to rewrite, re-imagine and/or continue her stories. It seems to me that the most reworked of Austen’s novels has to be Pride and Prejudice. These titles could have filled the entire booklist for my theme. Then I thought about some of the other series I enjoy and I realized that it’s not just Austen fans who do this, so I set out to find more spin-offs. I have read all of Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series and some of Jasper Fforde’s series, starting with The Eyre Affair, loosely based, of course, on Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Going further, I found other variations on Emma, Wizard of Oz and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
I hope that you have fun discovering spin-offs of the classics and that you can add to my list. To view a list of suggested titles, please click here.
Join us Wednesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. to view Austenland, starring Keri Russell as Jane Hayes, an Austen devotee who has a life-long obsession with Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice. After becoming fed up with her real life, Jane decides to spend all of her savings on a trip to Austenland, where she hopes to become fully immersed in Austen’s world—romance included. The movie is based on a book by the same title, written by Shannon Hale.
On Thursday, July 10 at 1 p.m. attend a book talk further discussing the titles of Spin-offs aren’t just for T.V. Please attend and let us know what you thought of the books you’ve read and/or the movies you’ve seen.
Written by Reference Librarian Pauli 6/30/14.