Pride and Prejudice Redux

Published in 1813, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice seems to be showing no signs of slowing down in terms of either popularity or endurance. In fact, a recent handful of offerings make it abundantly clear that the famous novel of romance and manners still has plenty to offer for modern readers.

Pride Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali DevPride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors
by Sonali Dev
Dr. Trisha Raje is a brilliant neurosurgeon. DJ Caine is a top-caliber chef on the cusp of becoming a celebrity.  Set in San Francisco, the two are thrown together when Trisha’s family hires him to cater a huge wedding.  Trisha comes across as classist, judgmental, and just plain rude whenever DJ is around, but he can’t quit the job; he needs the money to pay for his sister’s surgery.  Just when DJ can’t take any more of Trisha’s insults, he discovers she is the surgeon saving his sister’s life.   This covers a lot of territory, but it’s a fun romp with a diverse cast of characters and obvious love for the original novel.

Pride by Ibi ZoboiPride by Ibi Zoboi
Set in the rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, young Zuri Benito loves her home, her family, and her community. When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, they embody to Zuri everything that is going wrong in their neighborhood.  She takes an immediate disliking to Darius, the eldest of the family’s sons, and the feeling seems to be mutual.  When circumstances lead Darius and Zuri to unexpectedly find themselves on the same side, though, those hard exteriors begin to melt just enough for the possibility of love to slip through. Continue reading “Pride and Prejudice Redux”

Seattle Rep’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: Beyond the Theatre

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE adapted by Kate Hamill from September 29 to October 29, 2017. Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, CDs and films to enhance your experience of the show: Seattle Rep’s PRIDE & PREJUDICE: Beyond the Theatre.

Seattle Rep presents Austen’s beloved classic this month, adapted by Kate Hamill. As per Seattle Rep,  “Kate Hamill imbues new life to this classic love story with a decidedly progressive take on the trials and travails of Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, and, of course the delightful Bennet clan. But not to worry, empire waists and lavish Regency-era attire still abound in this familiar yet surprisingly modern premier adaptation.”

In anticipation of this sure-to-be-charming debut, we here at The Seattle Public Library have compiled a few reading suggestions for all the Austen fans out there:

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
From the best-selling author of Prep comes a modern retelling of a classic. Liz may be a magazine writer and Darcy a neurosurgeon, but Sittenfeld still captures Austen’s humor and social criticism. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: Beyond the Theatre”

Inspired by Darcy: Characterizations of Jane Austen’s proudest hero

Jane Austen's character Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice
Mr. Darcy

Have you noticed how many novels are based on or inspired by classics, especially novels by Jane Austen? First there are the retellings of stories, like Emma and the Vampires, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, or Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, in which an author takes the original classic and adds exciting paranormal characters. Sequels to Pride and Prejudice, from the efforts of Emma Tenant, Joan Aiken and Jane Gillespie to more recent novels like Mrs. Darcy’s Dilemma by Diana Birchall and Letters from Pemberley by Jane Dawkins prove that Austen’s popularity is still going strong.

Novelists seeking good characters for their stories often insert Austen herself into their books, like Jane and the Canterbury Tale by Stephanie Barron, the newest in a mystery series featuring Jane Austen. Other examples are According to Jane by Marilyn Brant, Cassandra and Jane by Jill Pitkeathly and Just Jane by Nancy Moser.

What astonishes me is the sheer volume of fiction about Mr. Darcy.
I can understand a crush on Edward Cullen (Twilight) or even Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, whose “half-civilised ferocity lurked yet in the depressed brows and eyes full of black fire…” But Continue reading “Inspired by Darcy: Characterizations of Jane Austen’s proudest hero”