Title: Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen
Author: Ted Scheinman
Narrated by: Ted Scheinman
Approximately 3 hours and 43 minutes
from Audible.com. Thank-you!
Do you have a
fandom that you are a part of? Sports, comics,
movies, shows, books – there are a lot of things that people become part of a
fan group. Perhaps one of the most
surprising would be the worldwide fandom for an author that has been dead for
two hundred years, Jane Austen.
Ted Scheinman is
the son of a respected Jane Austen scholar.
He grew up with Jane Austen in the background, but wasn’t a super fan
himself. When he is in graduate school,
he got the opportunity to participate in the first ever UNC-Chapel Hill Jane
Austen Summer Camp. Ted becomes immersed
in the Janeite world and also attends his first Jane Austen Society of North
American (JASNA) conference in Minneapolis as well. This memoir is part academic discussing
Austen’s works and information about the author herself, and also a look at the
fans and fandom that is still running strong.
I loved listening to this on audiobook narrated by the author as it
really felt like his personal tale. It’s
his experience learning about this fandom and he tells about all of the very
different people that inhabit it from scholars to a couple keeping their
romance alive with the dances. He also
gets to dress and play the part of Mr. Darcy which sounds like a lot of fun.
I really loved
learning about Rudyard Kipling’s love for Jane Austen and the discussion of the
short story he wrote about Janeites who were veterans of the first world
war. I need to find this story!
Scheinman was a fun narrator and I really enjoyed listening to his story.
This was the
January selection for the JASNA Northwoods book discussion. I missed the discussion this month as I was
sadly traveling back to Michigan for my Grandma’s funeral.
Overall, this was
a fun look into the world of Jane Austen fandom.
This does look like a very fun book, and one I would enjoy. :DReplyDelete