- By Kaitlin Saunders

A Modern Day Persuasion: An Adaptation of Jane Austen's Novel

  • Title: A Modern Day Persuasion: An Adaptation of Jane Austen's Novel
  • Author: Kaitlin Saunders
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  • Page: 136
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  • A Modern Day Persuasion An Adaptation of Jane Austen s Novel Nearly eight years ago Anne s family specifically her father convinced her that she was too young to wed and insinuated that her fianc Rick was solely interested in her wealth and status Against he

    Nearly eight years ago, Anne s family, specifically her father, convinced her that she was too young to wed and insinuated that her fianc Rick was solely interested in her wealth and status Against her better judgment, Anne agreed to postpone the marriage, only to watch the love of her life walk away, never to be heard from again Almost a decade later, still single andNearly eight years ago, Anne s family, specifically her father, convinced her that she was too young to wed and insinuated that her fianc Rick was solely interested in her wealth and status Against her better judgment, Anne agreed to postpone the marriage, only to watch the love of her life walk away, never to be heard from again Almost a decade later, still single and no longer wealthy, Anne struggles to make a name for herself designing greeting cards Unable to move on with her life, she finds herself still emotionally bound to the man who disappeared the moment things didn t go his way Through a series of serendipitous events, however, Anne is reunited with her old love just as a new beau enters the scene Only time will tell if her heart can finally be set free to love again, or if Rick s initial betrayal will leave her single forever Full of charm, wit, and intelligence, Kaitlin Saunders re imagining of Jane Austen s posthumous classic Persuasion is nothing short of magical Superb in its straightforward plotting and wonderfully paced, Saunders strengths in adapting and updating this delightful tale are the hallmarks of Austen herself, deepening the pleasure of the experience Focusing on the universal and putting its characterizations front and center, this modern update succeeds where many fail, relying on the underlying material to serve as a foundation to take an old classic and make it new And though capturing the aesthetic of a modern romantic comedy while retaining the depth of Austen s turn of the century social commentary is no small feat, A Modern Day Persuasion accomplishes this task with ease and aplomb, consistently delivering laughs while forever staying loyal to the themes and situations that made it such a rich story over one hundred years ago.

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    1. I must begin by expressing my gratitude to Kaitlin Saunders for penning modern adaptations to some of Jane Austen’s other novels!!! Don’t get me wrong, I love Pride and Prejudice, it is probably one of top five favorite reads, but I also adore and cherish Jane Austen’s other novels! I love traveling to Highbury and dropping in on Mr. Woodhouse, spending some time with “clever, well-informed people” like Anne Elliot and Elinor Dashwood, and going on gothic adventures with Catherine Morl [...]

    2. I think this was a good example how if you make a modern adaption then do change things.First Anne met Wentworth at 17 (or 16) and wanted to marry him before even having finished HS. Yes her dad said no cos Rick had no money, but omg, hello! She had not even finished HS!He was actually given an ultimatum, wait for her to finish college and then get married and he just walked away. What an effing ahole. That did not make me like him.In the book her sis married that Charles guy even though he was [...]

    3. As Jane Austen's 'Persuasion' is one of my very favourite books and as a fan of some modern-day retellings of Jane Austen's work, I was delighted to discover that there was a book that combined these two (most retellings focus on 'Pride and Prejudice'). I didn't go in to this with very high expectations, but I was still so incredibly disappointed. First, from a technical standpoint, the writing of this book was just terrible. The prose constantly switches between contemporary and Victorian and i [...]

    4. A Modern Day Persuasion is just that - a modern retelling of the original (which, in a chuckle-inducing moment, happens to be a favorite read of our heroine). Everything has been repositioned and `translated' into a believable modern tale of thwarted love and incredibly bizarre family relations. There are laughs and cringes and heart-wrenchingly-sad-smiles.The characters are well-drawn and dimensional, with the result of people whom I've always been "meh" about now are either loved or hated. Qui [...]

    5. I don't usually like Austen Rip-Offs and I am not a fan of Saunders' writing style, which made the book difficult for me to read (confession: I skimmed most of it). I'm not sure if this is Saunders' first novel (although, since she completely lifted the story from Jane Austen, I don't know if you can even call it her novel), but it certainly reads like one. Definitely too much telling and not enough showing. And there are also weird shifts between character PoVs that lost me when I did try to re [...]

    6. This is a modern day interpretation of Jane Austen's Persuasion and for me it was a big disappointment. The writing is forced, the dialogue is unnatural and the book follows Austen's story too closely. It's well and good to keep the general plot and stay true to the characters in the original, but this book's Anne seemed like she had been plucked from Austen's time and dropped into today's society with little adaptation to the modern world. It just didn't ring true.

    7. I wanted to like this book, and I persevered through a quarter of it, but the writing left too much to be desired. Attempts at eloquent turns of phrase felt artificial and contrived. It felt like a book that desperately wanted to be literary, as opposed to one that actually is.

    8. No No no no NoMore another time but No----There are so many problems I had with this book. Honestly, I decided to read it as an author. My own first novel is a modernization of Persuasion and I wanted to read what others had done. I wanted to like it. What did I like? I love the cover. Additionally, Saunders does seem to know her Oregon geography. The rest I either didn't think about or was annoyed by. I am not an Austen purist when it comes to modernizations. I want the story to be modern. I wa [...]

    9. Persuasion is one of those novels that are timeless. A tale of second chances for the love of a lifetime, which has the power to completely disarm you and something you never recover from. Persuasion is one of Jane Austen’s most emotional novels for this very reason.It was with great delight that I read Kaitlin Saunders modern take on Persuasion. A Modern Day Persuasion packs an emotional wallop and there were moments where I found myself tearing up, having a lot to do with Miss Saunders impec [...]

    10. Before I read this book, I read the reviews and I was hesitant to buy this book. Persuasion by Jane Austen is my second favorite novel (Pride and Prejudice being my fav of course LOL) and the reviews made it seem like it was not going to be good. Finally after much debate I bought it and I have to say it was amazing. Maybe there are some things that will not appeal to others and everyone is entitled to voice his/her opinion, but to me it was really good. I absolutely loved it!! Especially at the [...]

    11. I admit to being disappointed. I love that this version was being set on the west coast in the US, but the logistics from Oregon to CA were not believable to me and there wasn't anything too original in the story except that Rick was a writer--who just also happened to be in the Navy-shocking! There were several religious references that personally I found annoying. Rick wasn't developed at all as a character, while Mary and Elizabeth were pretty well done. Don't get why snooty Elizabeth would e [...]

    12. I found this book so disappointing. 'Persuasion' is my favorite Jane Austen novel, and this adaptation was poor at best. The characters were clumsy and not very faithful to the characters of the original; the emotion was trite and lacked a true depth of feeling (it reminded me of a 14-year-old who's MADLY in love for the week); and the writing made me think that someone had written it, then gone through it with a thesaurus to make it sound more 'intelligent' and give it an 'old world' feel. Mayb [...]

    13. This book is very badly written. Anne is nothing like the Anne Elliot Austen created. This character is silly, annoying and quite a doormat. Rick- the Frederick Wentworth- is a cardboard character- a lifeguard turned writer (how very lame!)- he shot to fame with a book based on his experience with Anne, the first time over. The writing is terrible too- very poor grammar and sentence construction. I have read unpublished fanfiction that is a million times better. This book is a waste of money. I [...]

    14. I was disappointed with this adaptation of Persuasion. The author kept the exact storyline, and tried to transpose it into modern day by adding cell phones, cars, and e-mails (and updating the setting), but it didn't quite work for me. If I had wanted to read the same story, I would've rather read Austen's version, because her writing style is much more enjoyable. I was hoping for a modern twist on a classic, not an almost exact replica.

    15. This book is exactly as the title says - a retelling of Persusasion by Jane Austen but in the modern day. It was alright, but I actually preferred Juliet Archer's modern-day retelling of Persuasion much better. It is called Persuade Me, and had more verve and romantic tension. Also, I saw another book the other day (Ready Or Not by Chautona Havig) that had exactly the same cover picture as this one - why is that?

    16. Persuasion is my favorite Austen & I rarely see retellings of the story. Sense & Sensibility & Emma are streaks ahead in popularity, it seems. So when I ran across this book, I had to read it. It was sweet & bittersweet & a very solid version of the story set in modern time. I was interested to see how it would translate over time & was surprised that a lot of it fit quite well. There's a scene with Anne & her nephews reenacting a Star Wars: Clone Wars episode that ju [...]

    17. When I discovered a modern telling of Persuasion, I was over the moon. Then I started reading and was quickly disappointed. When I picture an adaptation of a novel, I imagine similar themes and characters, but the author making it her own. That was not the case with this novel. In fact, this novel felt like a modern day plagiarism of Jane Austen's Persuasion. Maybe this wouldn't have felt so offensive if I didn't just finish reading the original a week ago, but just about every single scene from [...]

    18. In truth, I quite enjoyed reading this story. I thought it was sweet and endearing, but I also found it to be a bit troubling and conflicted. Anne was such a likable character. She was compassionate, obviously forgiving, accomplished and strong in her own way. Still, she was hesitant and unsure of herself. I found myself wondering why, in this day and age, she tolerated and seemingly accepted the harsh criticisms and behaviors of her loved ones. Really! She was timid, to the point of my utter co [...]

    19. First, let me say that I would really give this book 3.5 stars. I think the author faithfully recreated the story of Anne Elliot and Capt. Wenworth. She also stayed pretty true to the various other characters. The story didn't quite stick to the original as I neared the end, though, and that's why I can't quite give this 4 stars.This author forgot 2 things that I feel are very important in the original Persuasion. First, we are told that Anne and Mary see Will Elliot with Susan Clay. However, th [...]

    20. I thought this was a lovely adaptation of Persuasion. It's very modern and present day, but doesn't lose any of the essential story or characters. This story is very much what I imagine Austen would write for our world today. Seeing it in these newer more updated terms also helped me understand different facets and see the story in a new light. Yes, I'm still romantic and wish no one had persuaded Anne away from Cpt Wentworth when they were young, but if they were 18 and had no education or mone [...]

    21. True to the original characters but with realistic modern scenes. Wentworth makes his fortune as a successful novelist and Anne is forced to leave her LA mansion when her fathers home forecloses and is bought by Wenthworths sister and brother in law. Anne is forced to move to what sounds like a beautiful home in Napa Valley Doesn't seem as destitute as a rented home in Bath. But Anne is first sent to cheer up her sister Mary where she is thrown into Wentworths company wondering if be will marry [...]

    22. A Modern Day Persuasion is an adaption of Jane Austens story about Anne Elliot and Capt. Wentworth. As this book is my favourite of Jane Austens, I´m always looking for books taking up the story and twisting it to become a new version.I have had A Modern Day Persuasion on my Kindle for a while now and finally was able to read it.And I was not dissapointed. It might not be my all time favourite modernizations of Persuasion (up to now that´s Juliet Archers "Persuade Me"), but I really loved read [...]

    23. I enjoyed this version of Persuasion and will have a review up soon.My review:It is hard to rate this book or to be fair because I have read some really good retellings of Persuasion recently. I did enjoy this book a lot even though it wasn't my favorite it definitely rates high among the ones I read. This one lacks some of the things that I enjoyed from the others. One of those things was that Ann finally took a stand against her family and fights for Rick. She realises her mistake in the other [...]

    24. This is an entertaining and short enough read to finish quickly and I was happy to see a retelling of this particular Austen tale, as it is not one of the more frequently revisited books. While I enjoyed reading the book in its own right, it also made me reflect on the wonderful original work and, unfortunately, that very reflection caused me to find this version less fulfilling. This, for me, is both the curse and the appeal of a retelling. Even as I love to see how another author will handle m [...]

    25. The title says it all. This is a modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. Saunders sticks to the book pretty strictly--which is probably a good. This is one you could give to your granddaughter and it wouldn't be embarrassing. It's very sweet and fairly chaste. I have a soft place in my heart for Persuasion. It was the first Austen I read. So it's fun to read an updated version that is true to the original.

    26. A modern day version of Persuasion exactly as the title promised. The author stayed true to the characters but modernized the story We couldn't have Wentworth as a Captain who got wealthy at sea so instead we have an accomplished author. Anne and her family move out of a rich LA home to a smaller place in Napa that sounds just as amazing! The one small thing that would have been nice is if Anne had read his novel and it gave her insight into his feelings 3.5-4 stars

    27. I have never read the Jane Austen Persuasion, so I don't know if I would like it better or worse if I had something to compare it to. It seemed very old-fashioned and I kept forgetting it took place in the present. I kept envisioning women in long dresses with English accents trying to "find a man" before they became old maidsd then all of a sudden they were going to get Starbucks.

    28. I enjoyed it. I think for a modern day reader it would perhaps lead someone to read Austen's works. It also helped that the area involved was familiar to me. It wasn't near as detailed as the real Persuasion of course but I wasn't expecting it so it was an interesting twist for me. I haven't read any other modern day setting with Persuasion.

    29. This book is basically the exact same thing as Persuasion but in the world of today . I liked it and it was entertaining. I guess it just wasn't great, but I've been really into reading persuasion adaptions and such. This was not the worst one, probably somewhere in the middle. 3/5

    30. The title really says it all. Now Persuasion actually being my least favorite of Jane's novels I didn't have high expectations however I was pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed this book. I feel the author captured the essence of the original story and I liked the modern twist.

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