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Best Jane Austen Adaptations and Spin-Offs

Jane Austen's works have stood the test of time, and writers and filmmakers keep finding new ways to tell her stories. Here is a list of adaptations and extensions of her works.

Love & Friendship by Whit Stillman
An adaptation of a lesser-known Austen novel, it follows the widowed Lady Susan Vernon decides to visit the home of her sister-in-law and attempts to become a matchmaker both for her daughter and herself.

Austenland by Shannon Hale
A modern New York woman takes a dream vacation involving complete immersion in a Jane Austen-themed resort, but may get more than she bargained for with its cast of quirky characters.  It was also adapted into a film starring Keri Russel.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
This hilarious modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice follows New York magazine editor Lizzy Bennett as she confronts her younger sisters' football fangirl antics, a creepy cousin's unwanted attentions, and the infuriating standoffish manners of a handsome neurosurgeon.

Death Comes to Pemberly by P.D. James
Bestselling author P.D. James brings us her murder mystery take on the world of Pride and Prejudice as the Darcy home at Pemberley is thrown into chaos when Elizabeth & Mr. Darcy are drawn into the murder investigation of her sister Lydia's husband. It was also adapted into a British miniseries.

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
In this modern day comedy of manners in the spirit of Jane Austen's works, six Californians who create a book club to discuss Jane Austen's books are wrapped up in their own series of joys and difficulties that mirror the themes in Austen’s works.