I absolutely love reading variations of Jane Austen’s books. It’s so interesting to see how changing one or two elements of a story can spin it in a completely different direction. You would think it would get old after a while — reading different versions of the same stories, but I find it endlessly fascinating. It’s like a series of parallel worlds– each created by a character making a different decision at a critical moment.
Some of the most accomplished writers of Austen variations can be found at the site Austen Variations (http://austenvariations.com/). Many of my favorite Austen writers are members of this site. There are free ebooks by some of the authors and you can sign up for their blog which sends out chapters of works in progress. It’s a great place to encounter polished Austen authors. Visit it — maybe you can find your favorite writers or find some new ones!