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Being Elizabeth Bennet: create your own Jane Austen adventure by Emma Campbell Webster


I have just started this book (for the second time – explanation below). I catalogued it at work last week and thought eh up, this sounds like fun and something a bit different (for adults at least).

From the inside cover: “Elizabeth Bennet is the wittiest and most attractive heroine in English literature. And for the first time, in Being Elizabeth Bennet, you are given the opportunity to star in the most popular novel in the English language: Pride and Prejudice.
You will be faced throughout this book with delicate and dangerous choices. Whether you’re accepting Mr Darcy the first time he professes his attachment, deciding to elope with Mr Wickham or avoiding a murderous Lady Catherine de Bourgh, this is your chance to rewrite Austen’s most famous book. . . However, make choices with caution: Being Elizabeth Bennet is packed with characters and plot twists to thwart your happy union with Pemberley’s most eligible bachelor. you must complete five stages – and successfully negotiate your way through Austen’s five other novels – before you can choose to accept Mr Darcy. But if the outcome does not suit, simply return to page one and create another new Jane Austen adventure.”


Now, doesn’t that sound good?

I didn’t start off very well. I took the wrong turning and finished the story in under 5 minutes with Elizabeth being attacked by a band of gypsies and left with a face so horribly disfigured that she is never again able to attract a husband all her livelong life. The End!
Started again and chose the other option and have got a bit further. This is fun . . .

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