Do any of you have suggestions for Jane Austen Retelling’s?Do any of you have suggestions for Jane Austen Retelling’s? Tracey #recommend
I am pretty sick of the endless versions of Mr Darcy, most of which have very slight connection to the real Mr Darcy
Well it’s not exactly a retelling, but there is a series of books by Elizabeth Aston that’s worth a read imo. They are focused on the next generation. Darcy and Elizabeth’s offspring, Georgiana’s offspring, you get the picture. I’ve read a few and really enjoyed them!
Thank you so much?. As long as it’s Austen related it’s fine.
I always recommend this one because I’ve actually read it twice and both times I really enjoyed it. It’s called Jane Fairfax by Joan Aiken. It’s the story of Emma told from the point of view of Jane Fairfax. It’s quite well done and very readable.
That sounds good
I also really liked Death comes to Pemberly by PD James and The Lost memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James.
I didn’t like Death Comes to Pemberly. The writing style was atrocious, and it didn’t really take anything from the canon outside of the names of the characters. Also, the first chapter was just a huge info dump, to me? However, that’s just me. I don’t really like retellings of the classics.
Tiffany Waller I don’t like the retellings to Classics either and I rarely read them. The book was given to me as a gift and I surprised even myself by liking it! It’s been quite a few years since I read it but what I’m remembering is if you’re talking about the prologue that actually was my favorite part of the book! I’ve never read anything by PD James but I know she is an established author so I had hopes for the book that it would be well written.
What I don’t like about the retellings is the author is always try to sound like Jane Austen… And that is always going to be a major fail. Obviously since PD James has her own style she didn’t try to sound like Jane Austen… Thank goodness!
I actually did like the fact that it just use the characters and Took the story to a different direction. I also liked the mystery aspect of it. But as I said I have read only a handful of these retelling books and mostly I just like to stick to the original! But I would be interested in reading something else by PD James. Should check that out sometime.
@Lynne I love her Adam Dalgliesh novels, but I didn’t like this one of hers. The mystery was very flat to me, and the characters were very out of their canon. We had a lot of tell but don’t show, and that was bothersome to me. I don’t know if anybody else had the same problems that I did. I really loved the television movie adaption of this book, though. It was just such a shame that I didn’t like the book.
“Unmarriageable” by Soniah Kamal is just released in US and she’s getting great reviews.
I really enjoyed Longbourn by Jo Baker. It isn’t a retelling of P&P but a look at life “below stairs”. It really makes you think about what it took to maintain even a modestly wealthy life like that of the Bennetts. It also stands alone as a good novel.