12 'Pride And Prejudice' Retellings Even Serious Jane Austen Fans Will LoveMaybe it's the setting of the book, all warmly-lit reading rooms and misty walks through lush green landscapes. Whatever it is, I always get the urge to re-read the classic romance during the chillier months. If you're anything like me, you've probably already pulled your well-worn copy from your bookshelf and are preparing for a long night of reading. But, wait! The 11 books below are either direct retellings of the story or books that share the same plots and themes — think relationships across class divides, explorations of family, and hate-to-love slow-burn romances with lots of intense pride and misplaced prejudice.
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And like most young women, I devoured Jane Austen in my early teen years. It took several years, but finally I got an advanced copy of Eligible in the mail Thanks, Random House! I was thrilled, and it took everything I had not to beg off work to spend the afternoon devouring it.
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Here are some of our favorite recent-ish works that bring the tale of Lizzy, Darcy, and the others into a wide variety of different settings. When she meets the handsome Khalid, she surprises herself by being attracted to someone so judgmental. When a surprise engagement is announced between her flighty sister and Khalid, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and his family; and the truth she realizes about herself. But Khalid is also wrestling with what he believes and what he wants. Replacing the Regency with rural Pennsylvania, and upper-class English culture with that of the Amish, the author covers the same issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage within the Amish community as Austen discussed in her work. In this gender-swapped take we find Darcy Fitzwilliam: 29, beautiful, successful, and brilliant.
The puzzling rarely lets me down, even if the story does. In an odd bit of readerly timing, I recently read three Pride and Prejudice retellings back to back. The first two were coincidental, and then I decided I might as well go for the trifecta. Have you read any of these? What are your favorite Pride and Prejudice retellings? I enjoyed Unequal Affections, which you recommended.
Classics are called such for a reason, but what happens when someone decides to take one and retell it in a new way? Pretty amazing things, or at least that's what happens in this collection of the best Pride and Prejudice book adaptations. Even if you're a die-hard fan of the original novel, you'll delight in these creative reimaginings, I promise. Out of all of Jane Austen's novels, Pride and Prejudice is the most beloved and widely read. With the help of a fierce, bookish heroine, a timeless romance, and witty social critique, the romantic classic is compulsively re readable.