Thursday, April 10, 2014

ReReading: My Pride and Prejudice Obsession

Every few years I get the urge to reread one of my favorite novels, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Of course, since I'm crazy and obsessive, once I'm finished reading I have to immediately watch all of the movies and the BBC mini-series. Then I want to read any book inspired by P&P just to get a little more of that fantastic banter between two characters that just can't stand each other. So, today I have a list of four of my favorite remakes I've read and one that I want to read.

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date.

After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn't interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be - especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.

Lizzie is happy about her friend's burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles's friend, Will Darcy, who's snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn't seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it's because her family doesn't have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk - so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?

This was such a cute story! I loved the private school setting. It definitely worked for the storyline.


Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard

Fifteen-year-old Callie buys a pair of real Prada pumps to impress the cool crowd on a school trip to London. Goodbye, Callie the clumsy geek-girl, hello popularity! But before she knows what’s hit her, Callie wobbles, trips, conks her head...and wakes up in the year 1815!

She stumbles about until she meets the kind-hearted Emily, who takes Callie in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. Sparks soon fly between Callie and Emily’s cousin, Alex, the maddeningly handsome - though totally arrogant - Duke of Harksbury. Too bad he seems to have something sinister up his ruffled sleeve...

From face-planting off velvet piano benches and hiding behind claw-foot couches to streaking through the estate halls wearing nothing but an itchy blanket, Callie’s curiosity about Alex creates all kinds of trouble.

But the grandfather clock is ticking on her 19th Century shenanigans. Can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, win a kiss from Alex, and prove to herself that she’s more than just a loud-mouth klutz before her time there is up?

This is definitely a unique take on P&P. It's slightly reminiscent of Lost in Austen with the whole time traveling aspect.


Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

At Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Case in point:

- As the son of Hollywood royalty, Derek Edwards is pretty much prince of the school--not that he deigns to acknowledge many of his loyal subjects.

- As the daughter of the new principal, Elise Benton isn't exactly on everyone's must-sit-next-to-at-lunch list.

When Elise's beautiful sister catches the eye of the prince's best friend, Elise gets to spend a lot of time with Derek, making her the envy of every girl on campus. Except she refuses to fall for any of his rare smiles and instead warms up to his enemy, the surprisingly charming social outcast Webster Grant. But in this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting, not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in the way of true love for only so long.

So another prep school setting, but it still works. It's been a while, but I think Epic Fail might be the most similar to P&P on this list. Plus LaZebnik's other Austen inspired books are equally as amazing, including the upcoming The Last Best Kiss (Persuasion), which I loved!

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Pride and Popularity by Jenni James

Chloe Elizabeth Hart despises the conceited antics of the popular crowd, or more importantly, one very annoying self-possessed guy, Taylor Anderson, who seems determined to make her the president of his fan club! As if! Every girl in the whole city of Farmington, New Mexico, is in love with him, but he seems to be only interested in Chloe.

This modern high school adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” is a battle of wits as Chloe desperately tries to remain the only girl who can avoid the inevitable—falling for Taylor.

I fell hard for this one. Taylor! Swoon! I really want to read all of James' other Austen inspired novels.


Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London

Her theory of attraction is about to get a new angle...

Spring Honeycutt wants two things: to ace her sustainable living thesis and to save the environment. Both seem hopelessly unobtainable until her college professor suggests that with a new angle, her paper could be published. Spring swears she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that happens.

“Whatever it takes,” however, means forming a partnership with the very hot, very privileged, very conceited Henry Knightly.

Henry is Spring's only hope at publication, but he's also the ├╝ber-rich son of a land developer and cash-strapped Spring’s polar opposite. Too bad she can't help being attracted to the way he pushes her buttons, both politically and physically. As they work on her thesis, Spring finds there's more to Henry than his old money and argyle sweaters…but can she drop the loud-and-proud act long enough to let him in? Suddenly, choosing between what she wants and what she needs puts Spring at odds with everything she believes in.

Definitely, Maybe in Love is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice that proves true love is worth risking a little pride.

I haven't read this P&P remake yet, but I really hope it's good! I love that the charcaters are in college in this one. It reminds me a little of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which is the most awesomely awesome thing ever!


Have any suggestions for Pride and Prejudice inspired books or movies? I'd love to hear them!

4 comments:

  1. Love this post! The only one of these I've read is Prada & Prejudice but Epic Fail is on my TBR and now they all are =D One other P&P inspired book I've read is Spies & Prejudice.

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    1. I've read Spies and Prejudice too! I really enjoyed the whole story, but the ending was sort of bleh. It felt kind of lackluster, I guess.

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  2. I have an ambivalent relationship with P and P retellings. I love the idea of them, but they never really are as great as the original. I've read all these but the last two...
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. I haven't read one that beats the original either, but I love reading them anyway. The original can never be truly compared to. I just reread it last week and I already want to read it again! It's one of the only books I'm like that with. I usually don't do much rereading.

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