Did you hear? January 2013 marked the 200th anniversary of the publication of "Pride and Prejudice". For most readers this provided some brief excitement - including fresh articles written about the book, and a 12 hour internet-broadcast readathon. But for the Janeites, the celebration must go on.
With the media excitement of January long behind us, and with the Netherfield, ahem... I mean, the Jane Austen Society of North America's annual costumed ball so far away (it takes place in October), what is a Janeite to do in a summer that seems so wanting in distractions?
Fortunately, there is a movie to keep you going! Apparently, "Twilight" author Stephanie Meyer is an Austen fanatic, and she makes her first foray into film producing with August's upcoming "Austenland". The movie follows a 30-something Austen obsessive's trip to an eccentric theme park based on the author's writings. Yes, it seems you're not the only one to have had that dream.
But if that's not enough, you should also try the following books to satisfy those empire-waisted cravings.
Jane Austen's England by Roy Adkins
A new release this August, this book explores the England of Austen's day: including medicinal leeches, selling wives in the marketplace, and buying smuggled gin. This is fascinating reading for any classical fiction or history enthusiast. And for Janeites? It's an essential guide to getting your Austenian life accurate to the last detail.
The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne
Acclaimed literary biographer Paula Byrne provides a portrait of Jane Austen revealed through the small things – a scrap of paper, a gold chain, an ivory miniature – that held significance in her personal and creative life. This is one of the most beautiful and intimate accounts of Austen's life.
Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen's Masterpiece by Susannah Fullerton
Preeminent Austen scholar Susannah Fullerton delves into what makes "Pride and Prejudice" such an enduring masterpiece. She explores the story behind the novel's creation, its reception upon publication, and its tremendous legacy. This is one to read for its wonderful anecdotes, including the use of "Pride and Prejudice" as bibliotherapy in the WWI trenches.
Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever by Kantor Elizabe
Austen fans should turn to this guide to ensure they never become a Charlotte Lucas! An energetic and humorous book, it uses Austen's heroines to instruct and guide us all in the minefield of modern dating.
Jane Austen, Game Theorist by Michael Suk-Young Chwe
Austen enthusiast and political scientist Michael Suk-Young Chwe reveals through her novels that Austen was a game theorist whose characters exercise strategic thinking. This is insightful literary analysis at it's most accessible and enjoyable. <a href="http://riffleclassics.tumblr.com/Book%20Giveaway" target="_blank">AND Riffle is giving away a copy here!</a>
Walking Jane Austen's London (Shire General) by Louise Allen
This June release offers nine well-researched walking tours that allow you to follow in Austen's footsteps. Desperate for an injection of Austen this summer? Pack this book and head to London!
All Roads Lead to Austen: A Year-long Journey with Jane by Amy Smith
In this charming travel memoir, English Professor Amy Elizabeth Smith take us on a year of travel in South America with Jane Austen. The book is a true celebration of Austen's reach and power across cultures. So if London's too far this summer, you could still try the Austen experience in Guatemala!
Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners: Compliments, Charades & Horrible Blunders by Josephine Ross
In this book, Jane's own correspondence is used to teach the reader how to pay and return formal "calls," what to wear for a morning walk, and most importantly how to properly refuse a proposal of marriage. A must-read for all Janeites.
Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom by Deborah Yaffe
Another August release to look forward to! Author Deborah Yaffe takes the plunge, going out among you "Janeites"! She attends the aforementioned JASNA's annual ball and generally immerses herself in the Austen fandom. This is a fun, and at times touching, chronicle of a vibrant literary community.
The List Lover's Guide to Jane Austen by Joan Strasbaugh
Finally, for the die-hard fan, this June release is the ultimate Jane Austen compendium. Its fascinating lists include: what books Austen had in her library, the last lines of everything she wrote, her royal ancestors, and even what flowers she had in her garden! You don't know Jane fully until you've read this book.