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12/16/2010 01:04 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jane Austen's Birthday: 11 Of The Weirdest Adaptations, Strangest Spin Offs And Other Juicy Pop Culture References (PHOTOS)

Today scholars, readers and insanely devoted fans alike celebrate the birth of British novelist Jane Austen 235 years later. Since penning classics that explore themes of women in society and class politics, such as "Sense and Sensibility," "Pride and Prejudice" and "Emma," Austen has become one of the most celebrated figures in English literature with an incredibly devoted fan base.

Jane Austen fans -- known affectionately as Janeites -- have staged everything from musical adaptions to lavish early-19th Century dress-up parties, from modern cinema translations to rewrites with horrible monsters. There are, of course, two seminal films from the 1990s: Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility" with Emma Thompson and the BBC mini-series version of "Pride and Prejudice" with Colin Firth.

Beyond these well-known versions, however, there exists a deep culture of Jane Austen obsession. What does it entail? What are the weirdest adaptations, strangest spin offs and other juicy pop culture references?

Here's our list of 11 of the craziest Jane Austen stuff, from the seminal to the schlock. But did we leave anything out? Let us know in the comments section below.

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