If you love Jane Austen, Regency life and hanging out with a few of YA’s hottest authors, then be sure to log onto Figment.com for next Monday evening’s live chat at 8 pm! Authors Shannon Hale, Elizabeth Euler and E. Lockhart will all be on hand for “After Austen,” an hour of chatting with readers about the Austen influences in their own books and why the talented writer remains one of literature’s most beloved ladies.
Shannon Hale has written many fantastic tales for teens from her popular Princess Academy series to the bestselling Austenland that is currently in the process of being adapted as a movie, which will star Kerri Russell. And the author has just released the story’s companion novel Midnight in Austenland.
E. Lockhart may be best known for The Boyfriend List but I suggest that you check out that story’s sequel, The Boy Book. This 2006 novel was nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award and had RT’s Taylor Morris saying, “In this spectacular sequel to The Boyfriend List, Roo is back for more angst-filled trauma, and her wit, sarcasm and pain make this book hard to put down. Lockhart, an ingenious YA author, realizes the seriousness of high schoolers' emotions but keeps a sense of humor. Even with their fun titles and cute covers, her books have depth.”
Now I have to admit that I’ve never read a Shannon Hale or E. Lockhart. (I know, shame, shame.) However, I have been raving about Elizabeth Eulberg’s Prom and Prejudice since I got my hands on it last spring. It’s a delightful Austen-inspired tale about a boarding school, a talented musician and two teens who just can’t seem to get it right. RT’s Kate Girard said of the 4 ½ star rated story, “Brilliant! This inspired reinterpretation of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice will thrill Austen fans and those new to the tale ... Like the teen classic, Clueless, Eulberg’s new novel will delight those looking for an accessible Austen adaptation.”
So whether or not you know these contemporary writer’s works, you should be sure to tune in on Monday evening to chat with your fellow Austen fans. If you visit the site right now, you can have “After Austen” send you a reminder so that at 8pm (e.s.t.), you’re there to take part in the event.
And if you’re at a loss for how to get in the Regency Frame of mind, Figment is hosting a Could You Survive Regency England? Quiz right now, which I sincerely suggest you take. Apparently for all my love of the era, I don’t know as much as I thought, I only rated Adequate!