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I receive review requests weekly. However, my personal schedule is hectic and I no longer review actively. (I also manage another blog called The Toronto Cafe and Food Blog). I do read every request sent but I apologize in advance that I do not reply to them all.

If I do take on a request, I will forewarn that it may take some time before I can review it. I am now looking to review adult fiction and self-help books instead of young adult fiction because I have grown out of it. If you are to request a review for either adult fiction or self-help, I will more likely to give it a shot.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Watching on Wednesday: Lost in Austen

Title: Lost in Austen
Type: Show
Age Group: Teens +
Release Year: 2008
My Rating: 4/5

Amanda Price (Jemima Rooper) is tired of everything. Her boyfriend proposed to her while he was drunk, what kind of romance is that? She dreams of living the elegant and refined life like the characters in her Jane Austen's books.

Her wish comes true when Elizabeth Bennet (Gemma Arterton) from Pride & Prejudice arrives at her washroom! Shocked and scared, Amanda thinks that it is a joke. Until she cross into Elizabeth's world and can't return home!

Encountering the people from Austen's world, Amanda is fascinated by her surroundings. But then the events that are happening around her are not going according to the book! She tries to fix everything but it keeps getting worse! What should she do? And is there any way she can get back to her own time period?

I was flipping through my incredibly limited channels when I caught sight of the first episode of Lost in Austen. I knew of it because of another blog I followed. And the show was pretty good! I quickly finished the series within a couple of days because there are only four episodes.

I have never read Pride & Prejudice but after watching the show, I really want to! The setting was done beautifully and everyone played their role quite well! I absolutely love the dresses and the hair that the rich women wore at the time.

One thing that bothered me was that Amanda fell for Mr. Darcy (Elliot Cowan) way too quickly. They did get off on the wrong foot in the beginning but their feelings for each other came by so fast. I could see why with so little episodes so it's somewhat okay.

After the first episode, it did slow down and I got bored in some parts. Luckily, the show is short (despite the romance part) so I managed to finish it all. Though I am disappointed with the ending. They never explained how the world of Pride & Prejudice came to exist. Or where the possible magic could have came from. I really do want to know what happened to Amanda as an epilogue. The way they wrap it up, you can somewhat guess, but you don't know for sure.

Overall, Lost in Austen is a sweet historical drama with a fun twist that Austen fans and non-Austen fans can enjoy.

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Genevieve said...

I saw this a few weeks ago. I got it from netflix so I had no idea that it was was a mini series-- I saw the entire show in one sitting! Overall I liked it. I mean, the ending wasn't the best but I enjoyed it.

Anonymous said...

Hey Diana, I just wanted to say that your blog is great. Love the design, the reviews, everything. YA fiction is my favorite genre, so I read it all the time. And I'm also an Austen junkie, so I've seen Lost In Austen more than a dozen times. ;)

I definitely recommend reading Pride and Prejudice! I've read it several times, and it just gets better and better with every reading.

Tales of Whimsy said...

I got a kick out of this one too.

liraelwiddershins said...

I think she fell for Darcy so quickly because she already loved him from the books :-)