Remarkably Clever: The Mormons and Jane Austen

Jane Austen died in 1818 with mild recognition but little success. The latter part of the twentieth century saw a dramatic surge in Austen’s popularity, first with reprints and films and later with a multitude of spin-offs. ...

This upsurge in Austen spin-offs has not been without its Mormon stars. Popular young adult fiction author and Mormon Shannon Hale began a foray into adult fiction with the quick and quirky Austenland in 2007. (A follow-up Midnight in Austenland came out in January and recently in paperback.) Another Mormon, Jerusha Hess (of Napolean Dynamite and Nacho Libre fame) will bring her and Hale’s screenplay of Austenland to the large screen in late 2012 or 2013 with former Mormon Keri Russell in the leading role. (Produced by Mormon Stephanie Meyer’s production company.)

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