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Jane Austen's Guide to Dating Paperback – January 12, 2005
"121 First Dates" by Wendy Newman
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The book is broken down into ten chapters. Each chapter is a rule. Some of them are very helpful such as "If you like someone, make it clear that you do." In the chapter it stresses the point that you should not play hard to get and try to appear unavailable. Which I am very guilty of doing!
Each chapter has three references from three different novels, then like 6 stories about people in real situations in today's world. The author stresses that the world has changed since Jane Austen's time, yet the fundamental principals of falling in love are the same. If you love Jane Austen you will like this book, it is all about how her books teach us the proper way to find and fall in love with the right person. That is what the books of Jane Austen are all about, right? marrying for love? she would know , don't you think.
At the end of the book there is a quiz to see what kind of heroine you are and a summary of all Jan'es novels, and character analysis of romantic character good and bad!
I highly recommend this book for: anyone whole loves romance, loves Jane Austen, is in search of a Mr. Knightly or Mr. Darcy, keeps falling in love with Willoughby's and Wickhams's, and is . . . ahem . . still single!
Hendersen's main premise is that Austen's classic novels contain a wealth of truisms which can be applied to the modern dating scene, from "if you like someone, make it clear that you do" to "be prepared to wait for the right person to come along." The ten rules which Henderson gleans from Austen's work each form a separate chapter in the book, with each rule illustrated using various relationships, both good and bad, from Austen's novels. Of course, much of the advice itself is merely common sense, but the Austen-based examples lend a unique intelligence and wit to what would have otherwise been another run-of-the-mill self-help book.
Although Henderson suggests that you do not need to have read Austen in order to benefit from her book--she even provides summaries of Austen's six novels for those who fit this category--I believe that the book's appeal to non-Austen fans is limited. However, if you have cherished Austen's novels, you are likely to relish every moment of this book as well, particularly the opportunity to match yourself and potential partners with Austen characters. In conclusion, I would recommend this amusing little guidebook for any female fans of Jane Austen (are there any other kind?) who are looking for some basic, practical dating advice.
This book is worth giving to every teenaged young woman, who is approaching dating in an era where almost anything goes, but also almost anything can blow it, and with some of the weird relationship advice out there, combined with a whole generation of young men who have no idea how to behave post-feminism or how to act or react in this world full of overt sexual stimulus, this book would be a breath of fresh air. It's also a great way to introduce young readers to Jane Austen.
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Wonderful book and written very intelligently. The only thing I disagree with is the bad impression given about Fanny Price. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Antonio Frazão
I purchased this book after borrowing it from the library. Although it is supposed to be a guide to modern dating, I found the plot summaries and relationship descriptions to be... Read morePublished on May 31, 2013 by Abigail1851
I bought this book because I am an avid Jane Austen Fan and the title intrigued me. Even though I was not entirely expecting a self help book to dating, which was naive of me, I... Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by Avid reader
Jane Austen has to be one of the most recognizable and distinctive authors of all-time, whose outlook on romance has captivated and enlightened us for centuries portrayed through... Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by Lucinda
What a fun and delightful book this is. First, I should mention that I already have my Jane Austen Hero, but picked this book up to see if I could learn a little more about the... Read morePublished on February 19, 2012 by Kate
An enjoyable book that every person dating needs to read. The part of the book that struck me most was only be with people who bring out the best in you. Read morePublished on February 26, 2009 by Melinda Maiden