Pride and Prejudice Retellings


Given it’s popularity and status in the public domain, it’s no surprise there are a gazillion adaptations and retellings of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I have barely scratched the surface with my reading but here are my thoughts on the 5 Pride and Prejudice variations I’ve read.

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Mr Darcy’s Undoing by Abigail Reynolds

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This variation reimagines the story with Elizabeth accepting a proposal from another man before Darcy gets the chance to redeem himself in her eyes. Just so you know, she doesn’t get engaged to Wickham it’s an entirely new character. They fall in love a bit more slowly in this one but it’s an enjoyable interpretation that focuses mainly on them.

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Unequal Affections by Lara S. Ormiston

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This one reimagines the story with Elizabeth accepting Darcy’s first proposal when they are essentially enemies. It captures the spirit of Regency writing really well and has the characters behaving in ways you would expect them too. It’s the most loyal adaptation I’ve read so far. Though it does explore their relationship growing in a different more subtle way. Elizabeth actually gets to know him before any grand gestures can be made.

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Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Rating: 2 out of 5.

This is a pretty good adaptation of the novel as a whole and not just the romance between Lizzie and Darcy. My problem with it is that Darcy is a reality TV star and I absolutely despise reality TV. I couldn’t take him seriously as a love interest with that being an aspect of his character. Given how stoic a person Darcy is reality TV does not seem like something he would do. Other than that, the relationships between the sisters and their parents are very well portrayed and elaborated for a modern setting.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Smith-Grahame

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I enjoy horror. I enjoy Jane Austen. I did not enjoy this book. It had it’s moments but I feel like it would have benefited from a more gothic than gore variation. Zombies are all about the gore though so here we are.

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The Price of Pride by Abigail Reynolds

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Since I enjoyed my first Reynolds adaptation I decided to try another (a few of her Pride and Prejudice variations are available on Kindle Unlimited) This one imagines Darcy had an estranged brother. A sort of dark sheep of the family that felt unwelcome by their father. Elizabeth ends up in a compromising situation with him and is forced to accept an engagement. To be honest, this storyline felt a bit weak to me and the whole book read like an historical romance rather than a regency novel. Which is pretty much what it is but it had little to no Austenesque energy.

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9 thoughts on “Pride and Prejudice Retellings

  1. I’m not normally one for retellings, but Pride by Ibi Zoboi was great! It’s a modern YA retelling set in Brooklyn. The “Bennets” are Afro-Latino and dealing with the neighborhood gentrifying when the rich Darcy family move in to renovate the old house across the street.

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