Short stories Inspired by Literature’s Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart

A delightful collection of twenty-two original short stories from popular bestselling authors inspired by Jane Austen, her novels, and her philosophies of life and love. From historical continuations of her plots and characters, to tales from Jane’s own point of view, contemporary spinoffs, and comedies, the stories encapsulate what we love most about Jane Austen: romance, social satire, and witty humor.


Includes the short story “Jane Austen’s Nightmare” by Syrie James

Jane Austen is astonished to encounter her most famous characters on a misty afternoon in Bath, each of whom has something to say about the way she represented them in her novels. Will Jane take the dream to heart—and how will it influence her next book?

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“‘Jane Austen’s Nightmare’ by Syrie James: A clever story which asks the question, what would happen if Jane Austen met her literary creations? ... This story just proves why Syrie James is one of my favorite authors.”
—For the Love of Austen

“If you read but one short story [collection] this year, read this.”
—Jane Austen’s Regency World

“Smart, witty, and tons of fun, this work is a wonderful homage to Austen. Every genre within the spectrum of Jane Austen fan fiction is covered, as well as stories inspired by Jane herself. It is one of these stories that was my favorite: Jane Austen’s Nightmare by Syrie James.”
—Life And 100 Books

“I give Jane Austen Made Me Do It five out of five Regency tea cups!”
—Jane Austen’s World

“It is only fitting that the collection begins with the woman who started my journey onward into the world of Jane Austen, Syrie James with ‘Jane Austen’s Nightmare.’ The short story personifies every writer’s nightmare—that the characters will not like how they have been drawn and will seek justice.”
—Savvy Verse and Wit

“For fans of “Austenesque” fiction, this collection will be a box of bonbons.”
—The Seattle Times

“Jane Austen Made Me Do It is a great, great short story collection! The collection begins strong with Syrie James’ Jane Austen’s Nightmare. Was Jane Austen ‘too mean’ to some of her characters? Should some of her bad boys have been reformed? Were some of her heroines too good to be true? Did any of her characters? Should some of her bad boys have been reformed? Were some of her heroines too good to be true? Did any of her characters deserve different fates? A true delight! I just LOVED it.”
—Becky’s Book Reviews

Published by: Ballantine Books: Trade paperback, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 464
ISBN13: 978-0345524966