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Pride/Prejudice: A Novel of Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, and Their Forbidden Lovers Paperback – January 26, 2010
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“Ann Herendeen has turned Jane Austen’s beloved classic novel on its head with this beautifully written ‘what if’ story. It is the erotic retelling of Jane’s very eighteenth century characters. The book is surprisingly creative and makes this version timely, realistic and clever fun. An entertaining read!” (Sandra Kitt, national bestselling author of Close Encounters and For All We Know)
“I gobbled up this delicious book in one sexy/cerebral reading orgy. Now I need to go back and marvel at my leisure, at its author’s wealth of insight and imagination.” (Pam Rosenthal, RITA Award-winning author of The Edge of Impropriety)
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That being said, this book didn't click for me. To start with, I had trouble buying into one of the main premises of the plot - the idea that the widespread reaction of men and women in Regency times to the constraints on interactions with the opposite sex was to engage in relations with their own gender...not so much as a matter of preference, but more as a practical response to the options that were available. Characters are fooling around with each other willy nilly but it's not supposed to affect our view of their virtues (or vices). That was a big leap for me. Gay, straight or bi, a character's approach towards sex - be it hesitant, thoughtful, callous, or casual - says something to us about who they are.
Also, the flaws that Elizabeth believes Darcy possesses when they meet are merely the tip of the iceberg in this version. Instead of imagining Darcy's motivations through Elizabeth's eyes, we get to see and hear confirmation of his arrogance, jealousy, self-absorption and bitterness. (Did I mention that he's also shallow, unprincipled and incredibly selfish?)
The scene where Darcy finds Wickham holed up with Lydia in London and literally 'let's him have it' was the low point for me.Read more ›
But you see, I'm a Pride & Prejudice retelling/reinvention/modern adaptation collector. I've got shelves full of books putting a different spin on P&P. This book won't find a home on those shelves.
My problem lies in the fact that I am simply unable to imagine the characters from Pride & Prejudice acting and speaking this way. Ever. Rather than creating this situation in Pride & Prejudice, the author would have been better off creating original characters in a similar setting. Hell, she pretty much did already and just slapped on the names Fitzwilliam Darcy, Charles Bingley and Elizabeth and Jane Bennet. Yes, they are that OOC.
I simply can't enjoy this book. If I could replace the characters names in my head I'd consider a higher rating. But when "Fitz" Darcy and Charles and Elizabeth are splashed across every page, I just can't take myself there.
On to the Bennets. Luckily we don't ever learn of, say, Mr. Bennets forays with other men. This would be expected, given that every one in the Regency era did that kind of thing. Whatever. Jane gets annoyed with Lizzy, she has Huuuuge boobs, Lizzy is largely nice towards the beginning. But after she and Darcy marry and she produces an offspring, she is all 'meh' towards her daughter, seems to cringe whenever she looks at her, says that her daughter's wet nurse is more a mother to her than she is. Not even ruefully. Just factually. She doesn't even want kids, because it interupts her ability to have sex with Darcy anytime, anywhere. Towards the end - literally, like ten pages from it, she nonchalantly discusses new found ways to abort unwanted pregnancies with Jane, who is shocked. I just...don't see this from her. Ever.
Two little complaints. One, their is an obvious preference given to Mr. Bingley and Mr Darcy's illicet and inumerable 'nights together.' Fine. Whatever. However, there is no time given to CHarlotte and Lizzy. Just saying. This book was pegged to include her forbidden lovers too. Then Charlottes all, "Oh, I'm married Lizzy. No more!!Read more ›
That said, I can't imagine that many PnP fanfiction readers are going to be terribly happy about literature's greatest romantic hero being bi. Hence the low average star rating.
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Curiosity has many times been a motivating factor for me to reach out and snag a book. A naughty, bawdy version of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice fell in with this motivation. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sophia Rose
Firstly, I'm with everyone else who are shaking their heads over reviewers who are stating that they had no idea this was not a "true variation. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Molly's mom
Wasn't quite expecting what I found as I started reading this. I don't remember a warning that this was the gay version of Pride and Prejudice. Just not my taste in reading.Published on November 2, 2013 by Susan Harper
If I like something I take it to the nth degree and that is what happened when I first read Pride and Prejudice. Now I read anything I can that has to do with the story. Read morePublished on April 25, 2012 by Jennifer
What if Darcy and Bingley were more than just 'friends'?
Pride"slash"Prejudice explores the friendship mainly between Fitz and Charles with a little... Read more
I am a big fan of 'what if' scenarios in the world of established canons, and the thought of turning "Pride & Prejudice" on its ear in this way was very appealing to me; when I saw... Read morePublished on October 9, 2011 by sandra g.
When I read the description of this book it sounded promising. When I realized that this book had Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley in bed together I had only one thought--CAN I JOIN?!!! Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by Rebekah Wright
As an avid Jane Austen fan, a reader and collector of spin-offs and sequels, and an English teacher, I'm pretty open to creative license when it comes to modern re-imaginings of... Read morePublished on October 11, 2010 by Frances K. Harville
I absolutely adored Pride/Prejudice. It was very Austenesque but with delightful erotic underpinnings. It was quite funny and paid reverential homage to JA's clever style. Read morePublished on September 11, 2010 by Kindle Customer