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Friday, August 11, 2017

Six Degrees of Separation ---Pride and Prejudice

Six Degrees of Separation with Jane Austen's book, Pride and Prejudice.

We begin here.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Published 204 years ago, Pride and Prejudice is Austen's masterpiece. It has never been out of print and has remained popular since its publication date.

Mr. Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange
Pride and Prejudice has inspired countless retellings and stories about other characters in her books since the time it was first published. This book is part of a series about Austen heroes and tells the Pride and Prejudice story from Mr. Darcy's point-of-view.

Longbourn by Jo Baker
Tells the Pride and Prejudice story from the point-of-view of the servants working in Longbourn, the Bennet home. It fills out the details and gives the reader a broader understanding of what life was really like during the Regency period for the majority of people.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Nancy Butler
In recent years it has been popular to take the original and change the format. This comic book was illustrated by Nancy Butler and published by Marvel Comics, making the book very accessible to readers not familiar with the original.

Cozy Classics: Pride and Prejudice by Jack and Holman Wang, Jane Austen
Speaking about accessible, 
this board book summarizes the whole classic down into twelve words: 
friends; sisters; dance; mean; sick; muddy; yes?; no!: write; read; walk; marry. 
Think about it. These words pretty much sum up the story.

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
This was the first Pride and Prejudice retelling I ever read. It remains a favorite in that genre. It is set in modern times, with modern themes.

Emma: a modern retelling by Alexander McCall Smith
This is the only book on the list I haven't read yet. It is the third book in the Austen Project, started a few years ago, each of Austen's novels were rewritten by modern, popular authors.

Emma by Jane Austen
That brings us back around to Jane Austen, the original author and the genius of six classic novels set in the Regency period in England. None have gone out of print or out of favor. Emma, thought as her second most popular books was published in 1815. This is her only novel where the heroine has plenty of money and time to be involved in trivial pursuits like match-making.

6 degrees of Separation is hosted by Kate @Books Are My Favourite and Best.
Play along.

This activity also goes along with the Austen in August Challenge hosted by Adam at Roofbeamreader


  1. Those Cozy Classics board books are so cute!!!

  2. I really didn't enjoy Longbourne. I think because the tone was too serious for an Austenesque book. I like the subtly of social criticism Austen does in her book.

    1. Longbourn certainly wasn't Pride and Prejudice but it did fill out the scene. The seriousness was appropriate in terms of life experiences. The upper class start wars, the lower class has to fight in them. The upper class blithely go about their lives without so much as a single thought about their actions on their servants. I was glad for the insights. Now, I do agree with you that reading Longbourn wasn't nearly as enjoyable as any Austen book.

  3. This is an interesting book project. I know your love of Austen. I need to work on more of her books; I think I've only read 3 of them.

  4. I love how your list features some of the many retellings of Austen's books. She certainly left the literary world with a rich legacy to draw from!

  5. Very clever format for a review; I like it. I think the board book of P and P is a hilarious idea!


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