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The 5 Silliest Books Inspired by Jane Austen

There’s no denying it: people love Jane Austen. Her works frequently occupy the top spots in favorite book polls, Hollywood can’t seem to stop making films out of them, and, well, the Austen paraphernalia industry is probably unparalleled, at least in the literary world. This week, we heard about yet another novelty Austen-based book, this one rather more ridiculous than usual: Jane Austen’s Guide to Thrift: An Independent Woman’s Advice on Living within One’s Means, and thought we’d take a look at a few of the many books based on the writer and her work. After the jump, the silliest of the lot.

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Jane Austen’s Guide to Thrift: An Independent Woman’s Advice on Living within One’s Means, Kathleen Anderson and Susan Jones

From the publisher: “Embrace your inner Jane and find a new way of life in thrift! Jane Austen knew that wealth and grandeur had little to do with happiness, and that fashionable new dresses and reticules to impress Mr. Darcy simply were not the path to fulfillment — especially when one accrues debt in the process. It’s as true today as it was then… Jane Austen’s Guide to Thrift shows how to make your circumstances significantly less reduced, and how to live a life of elegent [sic] economy and joyful generosity — whether you’ve as much as Emma Woodhouse or as little as Miss Bates.” This seems sort of apropos of nothing to us, but all right.

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