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Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure

Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure

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by Emma Campbell Webster

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Bringing together Jane Austen's most beloved characters and storylines—a clever, playful, interactive, and highly entertaining approach to the wildly popular novels in which you, the reader, decide the outcome

Name: Elizabeth Bennet.
Mission: To marry both prudently and for love.
How? It's entirely up to the reader.

The journey


Bringing together Jane Austen's most beloved characters and storylines—a clever, playful, interactive, and highly entertaining approach to the wildly popular novels in which you, the reader, decide the outcome

Name: Elizabeth Bennet.
Mission: To marry both prudently and for love.
How? It's entirely up to the reader.

The journey begins in Pride and Prejudice but quickly takes off on a whimsical Austen adventure of the reader's own creation. A series of choices leads the reader into the plots and romances of Austen's other works. Choosing to walk home from Netherfield Hall means falling into Sense and Sensibility and the infatuating spell of Mr. Willoughby. Accepting an invitation to Bath leads to Northanger Abbey and the beguiling Henry Tilney. And just where will Emma's Mr. Knightley fit in to the quest for a worthy husband? It's all up to the reader.

A labyrinth of love and lies, scandals and scoundrels, misfortunes and marriages, Lost in Austen will delight and challenge any Austen lover.

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a young Austen heroine must be in want of a husband, and you are no exception. Christened Elizabeth Bennet, you are tolerably beautiful and moderately accomplished, with a sharp wit and quick mind. You are the daughter of misguided but well-meaning parents and live with them and your four sisters—Jane, Mary, Kitty and Lydia—in the village of Longbourn, near the town of Meryton. You are of a happy disposition and have hitherto whiled away your years reading, walking and enjoying what limited society Meryton has to offer. A recent event, however, threatens to disturb your tranquility: a man of large fortune has let a nearby manor house. Inconsequential though this change of circumstance appears, it is the first in a long chain of events that will require you to face difficult decisions and impolite dance partners. Equipped with only your wit and natural good sense, your mission is to marry both prudently and for love, eluding undesirable suitors and avoiding family scandals which would almost certainly ruin any hope of a financially advantageous marriage for you or any of your sisters.


This book is no ordinary book, and should not be read through from beginning to end. It contains many different adventures, and the path you take will depend on the choices you make along the way. The success (or failure!) of your mission will depend on the decisions you make, so think carefully before choosing....

While your choices will determine your journey, your success will also depend on how well you do in the following five categories: your Accomplishments, Intelligence, Confidence, Connections and Fortune (which could mean either luck or money). On separate pieces of paper, draw up lists for the five different categories. You begin with high scores for your Intelligence and Confidence (200 points each) but with a regrettably low Fortune score (only 50 points), and absolutely no Accomplishments or Connections. In order to increase your chances of marrying well you must try to improve your scores and gain more Connections and Accomplishments. At intervals during your adventure you will be given bonus opportunities to increase your scores by taking tests or answering questions. But take care! While you can gain points, you can also lose them, which could harm your chances of marrying happily and affect the outcome of your adventure.

If the mere suggestion of scorekeeping gives you palpitations, fear not; you can choose not to keep track of your scores if you so wish. When asked to check them, simply choose whichever score you fancy from one of the two options you are offered.

You may now begin your adventure. Good luck!

Meet the Author

Emma Campbell Webster graduated from Oxford University in 2003, where she specialized in Austen. She currently lives and works as an actress in London. This is Emma’s first book.

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Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so much fun to read and find your way throuh all of Austen's novels. The only problem was that the page numbers did not match up for the nook version. It took quite a bit of page flipping before I was able to figure out where to go.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really a lot of fun to read. There is someone who commented on not liking the 'game' part of the story and keeping points. I wonder if she read it all the way through. Anyway, like the introduction to the book says, don't feel like you have to keep points, if you don't want to. You can still read the book just fine without doing it, although I recommend keeping them. It can seem a little tedious, but is well worth the effort. I liked how it all played out at the end. I had a friend who read this and didn't keep points but wished she had. Bottom line, have FUN with it, and don't take the book too seriously. Let yourself, as the title says, get 'Lost in Austen.'
MissMLibrary More than 1 year ago
This book is so entertaining that I find myself re-reading it several times to follow different threads of the story before I finally put it to rest, only to pick it up again a year later. Webster interweaves the tales of Austen so well, the commentary is so fantastically witty, and the excitement of being able to make decisions for Lizzy Bennet is so much fun that this book is un-put-downable. It is ridiculously fantastic, and I recommend it to absolutely everyone.
NYBeachgal More than 1 year ago
This is a "pick your own path" book, Jane Austen style, which I received as a birthday gift from my best friend. I did pretty well, though about 3/4 of the way through, I failed twice--once by falling for a trick and another time by causing the death of someone. I finally completed my mission (to marry prudently and for love) by marrying someone other than Mr. Darcy. That didn't satisfy me, so I went back and tried again, dying once along the way, until I made it to Darcy. It was a sweet and satisfying end, though the author included one other ending that was also really interesting! This book works somewhat like the "choose your path" books from my youth, except that you collect (and, frequently, lose) points in several areas, along with superior (and inferior) connections and abilities/failings. I'm not sure the points thing was useful...it could be annoying and I avoided it when I redid to get to Darcy, but you do need them at times to help you pick your path. I must say, however, that the whole concept of "points" got my husband (who has no interest in Austen) interested enough to play along himself. He went through the whole book two times! The author is an Austen scholar who studied at Oxford, and her little asides about the stories are hilarious and interesting. She included sections of many Austen books in this one, though you play Elizabeth Bennet throughout. If you like Austen at all, you'll enjoy this, especially if you had fun with "choose your path" books as a child.
hikles More than 1 year ago
What a great concept, and it works. It was the most fun I have had reading in a long time. Buy this book, tell your friends, and when given the option, don't turn left.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree somewhat with the other reviewer, however I found the whole point system 'though seemingly pointless' amusing and I must give the author points for knowing her Austen. I truly enjoyed the little comments made by the author as well as the periodic questions testing your Austenism. I Think the author has a lot of talent and do recommend this book for any die hard Austen fan. It is a quirky twist.
Sapphire22 More than 1 year ago
As another review said, the nook version's pages don't line up at all, which makes the book a pain!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
LOST IN AUSTEN is basically PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, the beloved novel by Jane Austen, written in modern English. Oh, and you can choose how the book ends. At the end of every chapter you, Elizabeth Bennet, must make a decision. After making that decision you go to the specified page and read on until you come to the next two choices. Choice after choice, you must decide what Elizabeth should do in order to achieve her goal: to get married to a fine gentleman. But the mission isn't as easy as it sounds. Not only do you have to make a choice between two objects at the end of each chapter, there is a point system that you must go through. Points fall under categories such as fortune, intelligence, accomplishments, and more. Emma Campbell Webster writes a very fun and interactive book that all Austen fans will love. Even for those who aren't fans, this book gives a unique and entertaining twist to the classic that anyone can enjoy.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was excited at the idea of a choose your own Jane Austen adventure, but little less than half way into it I became disappointed. You begin as Elizabeth Bennet of P and P, and depending on which direction you choose, you can end up marrying Mr. Knightley from 'Emma' or being killed by Miss Bingley. I found some of the endings amusing, but the whole of each story is mostly rewritten Jane Austen works with a few snide remarks. To top it off there is a ridiculous point system where you add up your score of fortune, intelligence, connections, etc.. to see if you are even worthy of marriage. This could be an interesting part of the game if the author would not automatically award and deduct points regardless of which destiny you choose. For example you learn Mr Bingley a bachelor of 5 thousand pounds a year moves into the neighborhood. Add 10 fortune points. Your mother decides she will send Jane to Netherfield in the rain without horse or carriage. Deduct 10 fortune points for having a negligent mother. And on almost every page: YOU FAIL, YOU FAIL, YOU'RE POOR, A DISAPPOINTMENT, NO CONFIDENCE, LACK OF WIT, YOU FAIL, FAIL, FAIL...Without even doing anything, just reading the story! Chances are you're better off reading the original Jane Austen works and letting her write how the story ends. All in all slightly amusing, but not worth your hard earned $$.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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