No. 4: Emma, Jane Austen, 1816, Summary and Similar Books

Book No. 4 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Novels of All Time, get a summary of Emma by Jane Austen, find similar books to Emma and find movie versions of the book.

Jane Austin’s fourth novel stars Emma Woodhouse, a wealthy, naive, dilettante. The young woman spends her days with her worrisome father, where she’s content avoiding marriage. And yet how she adores playing Cupid for her friends. Terribly inept at the task, she’s also immune to the advances of the men closest to her. Still, her naivete and lightheartedness are endearing, despite Austin’s wishes.

“I am going to take a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like,” Austin said, before starting the novel. She was 39 when she finished the book – the last in her lifetime. It earned her a mere 40 pounds, but Emma would eventually be recognized as one of Austen’s most flawed, infuriating and beloved characters. Think “Gwenth Paltrow” in the famous film adaption.

Emma is No. 4 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Books of All Time.

Sequels to Emma, by Jane Austen

Emma, Vol. 1, Kaoru Mori

Similar Books to Emma, by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
Emma, by Jane Austen
Frederica, by Georgette Heyer
Magic Flutes, by Eva Ibbotson
Again the Magic, by Lisa Kleypas
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
Persuasion, by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

Movie Versions of Emma, by Jane Austen

Emma (1996), starring Gwyneth Paltrow and James Cosmo

Emma (2009 BBC), starring Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller

Emma (1997), starring Kate Beckinsale and Bernard Hepton

Emma (1972 BBC), starring Doran Godwin and Mollie Sugden

No. 2: Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen, 1811, Summary and Similar Books

Book No. 2 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Novels of All Time, get a summary of Sense and Sensibility, find similar books to Sense and Sensibility and find movie versions of the book.

In Jane Austen’s first published novel, we meet Elinor and Marianne, two sisters with opposite temperaments – one with “sense” the other full of “sensibility” (or “emotionality”). After losing their father, they’re penniless, saved only by a distant relative who rents them a humble cottage.

Elinor the one with “sense,” marries her life’s one and only true love, while Marianne (who represents “emotionality”) overlooks the one man who loved her all along. In the end, she settles on a more “suitable” and “respectable” husband for whom she feels little passion.

The novel showcases Austen’s deep talent for subtle irony despite her youth. She was 19 when the manuscript was finished, although she’d be much older before it was published. Throughout her life, Austen’s works brought her little fame and only a handful of favorable reviews. Today they’re read as comedic peeks at an old England, but underneath runs a steady current of rebellion. For too long, Austen seems to say, England has needed to change its views on marriage – and on women.

Sense and Sensibility is No. 2 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Books of All Time.

Sequels to Sense and Sensibility

Similar Books to Sense and Sensibility

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
Emma, by Jane Austen
Frederica, by Georgette Heyer
Magic Flutes, by Eva Ibbotson
Again the Magic, by Lisa Kleypas
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
Persuasion, by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

Movie Versions of Sense and Sensibility

No. 1: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1813, Summary and Similar Books

Book No. 1 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Novels of All Time, get a summary of Pride and Prejudice, find similar books to Pride and Prejudice and find movie versions of the book.

Among literature’s first romantic comedies, Pride and Prejudice is set in 18th Century England – when social class was real and men were still mysterious. More than two centuries old, the book is a testament to the power of romance novels. Austen sets us inside sprawling English estates where gossip tumbles and tosses about well-polished, rooms.

No woman has ever been so witty, so light and refreshing as Elizabeth Bennett; and no man ever so dark, dashing, pouty and brooding as Mr. Darcy. Society does its best to keep the two apart, but love, as we well know, conquers all pride, all prejudice.

Throughout the book, Austen – a woman who spent her life unmarried within the walls of a rectory – parodies the upper class snobbery rampant in Victorian England. “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?” she writes. And yet, we cannot escape the sense that she would like to inhabit their world. We know that we would. And so we turn, again and again, to the pages of this book, No. 1 on our list.

Credited often as the first romantic comedy in the history of the novel, it not only changed reading, but it proved that female writers could sell books and tell stories as well as any man; and this at a time when even Austen couldn’t publish under her real name. The credit on the book’s cover simply reads: “A Lady.”

Pride and Prejudice is No. 1 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Books of All Time. Order Pride and Prejudice now.

Sequels to Pride and Prejudice

Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, by Berdoll, Linda
Conviction: A Sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, by Burris, Skylar Hamilton
Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, by Becton, Jennifer
Imperative: Volume 1: A Tale of Pride and Prejudice, by Wells, Linda
Caroline Bingley: A Continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, by Becton, Jennifer
His Good Opinion: A Mr. Darcy Novel, by Kelley, Nancy
Darcy & Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley, by Berdoll, Linda
Mr. Darcy’s Letter: A Pride & Prejudice Variation, by Reynolds, Abigail
First Impressions: A Tale of Less Pride & Prejudice, by Adams, Alexa
The Darcys of Pemberley: The Continuing Story of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, by Winslow, Shannon
Georgiana Darcy’s Diary: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Continued, by Elliott, Anna

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Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
Emma, by Jane Austen
Frederica, by Georgette Heyer
Magic Flutes, by Eva Ibbotson
Again the Magic, by Lisa Kleypas
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
Persuasion, by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

Movie versions of Pride and Prejudice