8 New Jane Austen-Inspired YA Books
by Dena McMurdie
As a devoted fan of Jane Austen, I’m constantly on the lookout for new books inspired by her work, especially those for young adult readers. Luckily for me, dozens of new spinoff novels, adaptations, and retellings are released every year. I know I’m not alone in my obsession, so I put together a list of the newest books and upcoming titles to share with fellow fans. Whether you’re looking for a coloring book, something funny, romantic, or mysterious, you’ll find it here.
Darcy Swipes Left
The title alone will have you LOL’ing. See the first impressions and blossoming romance of Lizzy and Mr. Darcy through the screens of their cell phones. The latest in a series of classic works retold in texts, status updates, and emojis, this retelling of Pride and Prejudice is funny and smart.
(Available September 2016)
Secrets in the Snow
Austen fans will be delighted at this mystery that stars the famed author herself. Espionage, murder, masked bandits, and romance abound in this historical novel with a young Austen at the center.
(Available Oct 2016)
Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride & Prejudice
The boldest member of the Bennet family is telling her side of the story. See things from Lydia's perspective as she yearns for adventure and finds it in the seaside town of Brighton.
(Available September 2016)
That Girl Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Story
There will be pride, prejudice, and ... "Star Wars"? Nerdy Elliott doesn't like the beautiful Darcy, but the more time they spend together, the more they fall for each other. Find all your favorite characters in this gender-swapped, modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice.
Manga Classics: Emma
If you like graphic novels, you'll love this faithful adaptation of Emma's matchmaking disasters. With beautifully detailed and well-researched illustrations, this book will please Austen fans and manga lovers alike.
Pride and Prejudice: A Coloring Classic
If you want to get lost in Pride and Prejudice for hours at a time, there's no better way to do it than with the Pride and Prejudice coloring book. Create your own masterpiece by coloring the detailed scenes, quotes, and designs inspired by Jane Austen's most popular book.
Color Me Jane
Color scenes from all of Jane Austen's books as well as regency fashions, quotes, and patterns. With eight pull-out posters to color, this little book is perfect for any Austen fan.
Coming in 2017: Keep an eye out for Seeking Mansfield, which comes out Spring 2017. With all the charm and heart of the original story, Seeking Mansfield is a funny, romantic retelling set against a theater backdrop. Great characters and plenty of swoon-worthy moments make this a wonderful addition to any reading list.
What’s your favorite Jane Austen adaptation or retelling? Let us know in the comments below.