First, there's the book. Like almost everyone, I love Jane Austin and her work. I also entertain spin-offs (though It depends on the quality. Most aren't up to par) and I love retellings. Austenland is one part retelling and one part wish fulfilment, and I thought it was a lot of fun. Here's a quick summary and the two gorgeous covers.
Jane is a young New York woman who can never seem to find the right man—perhaps because of her secret obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. When a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-obsessed women, however, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined. Is this total immersion in a fake Austenland enough to make Jane kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own? Quoted from Goodreads
Doesn't it sound great! Now to the movie part. Like I said again, there isn't a preview for this movie. Yet. Still we have the cast, which looks fabulous, and the few pictures I've seen make me so excited.
Mr. Henry Nobley
Miss Elizabeth Charming
Lady Amelia Heartwright
Captain George East
Courtesy of IMDB @ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1985019/
And here's one final picture of a few of the cast in costume, followed by one of Shannon Hale and Stephanie Meyer (who is producing the film) on location with some of the cast.
To top the whole thing off, Shannon Hale dedicated Austenland to Colin Firth. I thought that was kind of hilarious. Here's her dedication:
For Colin Firth
You really are a great guy, but I'm married,
so I think we should just be friends.
Isn't that just adorable? You kind of have to love her after that.