|Pride & Prejudice|
by Jane Austen
|Kelly, you should be ashamed of yourself!|
Well, it started with a Spoof Novel......Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith.
Seth's novel happened to be free on Kindle and I downloaded it, read it, laughed through it and didn't think much more about it until Steve Hockensmith's and Patrick Arrasmith's, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls was free on Kindle a few months later:
I will say that Catherine de Borough plays an excellent character in these novels and her comeuppance for all the torture she puts everyone through is wickedly hysterical (self deserved in relation to not only these 3 novels but the original P&P as well).
As I finished the final in this series I realized I had never read Austen's P&P. Did these authors follow the story and the characters that I had grown to love? Had they inadvertently changed the image too drastically of Elizabeth and Darcy and their love story? I had to find out and I couldn't remember the mini-series very well. So I checked my Kindle and sure enough I had downloaded it.
I fell in love with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy and many other characters while reading Austen's novel. So much so that I started sifting through my collection of Kindle novels looking for continuations that I had spotted on Goodreads and Amazon. I didn't even realize how many I had downloaded over the past year because they were free for a short time and had sounded interesting.
Anna Elliot's, Georgian Darcy's Diary continuations are my absolute favorite. They are written in diary form because Elliot knew she couldn't possibly continue with Austen's prose. I read these in a matter of days, unable to put them down and eating up the words as if they were delectable chocolates. I love that this author was like me...she didn't get enough and felt Georgiana's part in P&P was too small, she deserved happiness, she deserved a voice!!! I love the glimpses of Darcy & Elizabeth and the obvious fact that she in part emboldens Georgiana, who is so terribly shy, yet has it in her as well. Their sisterly bond strengthens her and gives her an independence I think Austen would have appreciated. Anna Elliot is due to release another diary which I'm looking forward to, Kitty's Diary (a publish date hasn't been released that I know of).
*Christmas Present by Amanda Grange, a very cute short novella that I really enjoyed set at Christmas a year or so after Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth have married!