“Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure” by Emma Campbell Webster
Genre: Adult Fiction, Humor
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
A Jane Austen choose your own adventure book sounds fun but it ended up being a bit lacking. The basic storyline is literally ripped from Pride and Prejudice. Within that you have some choices you can make (accept Mr. Collins’ proposal?, accept Darcy’s proposal?, etc) but it’s still P&P’s story.
I was really annoyed that there wasn’t more free will. You make a decision that’s not inline with that happens in P&P and suddenly you fail and your story is over. The only other story I made it into was Northanger Abbey and that didn’t last long before I was sent packing.
The bottom line? Good for a laugh but definitely needs a lot more free will without ending your story.