Shannon Hale’s, book Austenland was adapted into cute rom-com movie, starring Kerri Russell, JJ Feild, Bret McKenzie, Jennifer Coolidge and Jane Seymore. What I love about the story is the premise.
Jane Hayes’s adoration of all things Jane Austen is complicating her love life. Determined to be the heroine of her own story, Jane spends her life savings on a trip to Austenland, an eccentric resort where guests experience complete immersion in the Regency era. Armed with her bonnet, corset and needlepoint, Jane strives to avoid spinsterhood…but has a difficult time determining where fantasy ends and real life - and maybe even love - begins.
What would it be like to visit a different era? Dress up in period clothing? Have seven days to live the part of lady, enjoying high tea and the entertainment of the time. Anybody for a game of whist or croquet? Perhaps, attend a ball? And don’t forget about following the rules of society, or circumventing them, whichever applies. <g>
The few lines of Jane talking to Nobley in the garden of the Manor House sayes it best.
“There is so much to love here.”
Jane Austen may not be your cup of tea. But what is? If you could escape reality and step into your favorite book or movie, where would you go? To early 19th Century? Or a galaxy far, far away? Over the rainbow?