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Will Jane Austen Ever Rest in Peace?

A new novel inspired by her is hitting stores; here's a look at some of the many books that have celebrated — or exploited — dear Jane

Playing with Pride and Prejudice
Austen's most famous novel has been reworked over 125 times

Austenland
Shannon Hale
A young New York woman can't find the right man because she's secretly fixated on Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy. (2007)

Bridget Jones's Diary
Helen Fielding
A hapless, charming, weight-obsessed Londoner meets a Darcy of her own. (1998)

Darcy's Dreams
Regina Jeffers
Darcy loses his memory. (2008)

Darcy's Voyage
Kara Louise
What if P&P had been set entirely on a ship? (2010)

Death Comes to Pemberley
P.D. James
What if somebody murdered Wickham? (2011)

Deception
Ola Wegner
Lizzy meets another man. (2010)

First Impressions
Debra White Smith
A lawyer playing Lizzy on stage falls for the wealthy man playing Darcy. (2004)

The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet
Colleen McCullough
Mary becomes a beauty to rival her sisters. (2008)

Loves, Lies and Lizzie
Rosie Rushton
The Bennet sisters are caught up in a glamorous life of partying. (2009)

Me and Mr. Darcy
Alexandra Potter
A P&P addict on a tour of Jane Austen country meets a foul-tempered journalist. (2007)

Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride
Helen Halstead
Newlyweds Lizzy and Darcy navigate London's high society. (2007)

Mr. Darcy's Bite
Mary Lydon Simonsen
What if Mr. Darcy were a werewolf? (2011)

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