2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. In the past few weeks there have been celebrations, including the reveal of a ten pound note featuring a portrait of Austen. She was only 41 when she passed, but in that time she managed to write seven novels, along with many more short stories found in her juvenilia. But eventually you do come to an end of her bibliography and want to continue reading books set in her world.
JAFF (Jane Austen Fanfiction) is a popular niche, especially in self-publishing. They tell stories of what-ifs, variations, and sequels with Austen’s characters, generally Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, one of the world’s most beloved couples. I’ve even been known to write a few of these myself. But self-publishing is not the only way to find works inspired by Austen. Here is a list of 20 books inspired by one of the most enduring authors of the Western canon.
- Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding- (Pride and Prejudice)
- Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson- (Mansfield Park)
- Pride/Prejudice by Ann Herendeen- (Pride and Prejudice)
- Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James- (Pride and Prejudice)
- The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick- (Pride and Prejudice)
- Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope- (Sense and Sensibility)
- Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield (Pride and Prejudice)
- Darcy and Lizzy by April Floyd- (Pride and Prejudice)
- The Proud and the Prejudiced by Colette L. Saucier- (Pride and Prejudice)
- Prep and Prejudice by Miren B. Flores- (Pride and Prejudice)
- To Capture Mr. Darcy by Elizabeth Ann West- (Pride and Prejudice)
- Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood by Abby McDonald- (Sense and Sensibility)
- Fall For You by Cecilia Gray- (Pride and Prejudice)
- Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg- (Pride and Prejudice)
- Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La Cruz- (Pride and Prejudice)
Bonus: Here are some great films/shows based on Austen
- Bride and Prejudice– (Pride and Prejudice)
- Clueless– (Emma)
- The Lizzie Bennet Diaries– (Pride and Prejudice)
- Emma Approved– (Emma)
- Love and Friendship– (Lady Susan)
If you like these books, I recommend you you look up A Lady on Amazon and read as many of these wonderful books as you can.