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Gay Pride and Prejudice [Kindle Edition]

Kate Christie , Jane Austen
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Because Queer People Deserve Happily Ever After, Too.

For the Bennet sisters, life in quiet Hertfordshire County is about to change. Netherfield Hall has just been let to a single man of large fortune. But while it is true that such a man is generally considered to be in want of a wife, it is equally true that not all men desire female companionship, just as not every woman dreams of being married.

Like other variations on Jane Austen's classic romance novel, Gay Pride & Prejudice poses a question: What if some among Austen's characters preferred the company of their own sex? In this queer revision of the classic original, Kate Christie offers an alternate version of love, friendship, and marriage for Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, and others among their circle of friends. But even as the path to love veers from the straight and narrow, the destination remains much the same.

If you have an open mind, dear reader, you may discover the book Jane Austen would likely never have approved, but which, nonetheless, affords a window onto gay and lesbian life in early nineteenth century England.

About the Author

Kate Christie, a longtime Jane Austen fan, admits to being weary of the compulsive heteronormativity of the classics. After reading an article describing the literary mashup phenomenon surrounding Austen and others, Christie decided to try her hand at queering the canon, starting with Austen's mother of all romance novels. The author of three previous traditionally published novels, Christie lives with her wife and daughter near Seattle. For excerpts and book trailers for all of her novels, or to find out more about her background in women's history and English literature, visit www.katejchristie.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 539 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985367709
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Second Growth Books (23 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007O8ALGE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #206,064 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pride and joy. 16 Dec 2012
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The original P&P is my absolute favourite book. I have. Read it more times than I can count, listen to the audio book at least yearly and have seen everyenglsh language adaptation made. I love it for it's romance, it's comment on it's time and the expertly drawn characters, dialogue and phraseology. Sadly the lesbian aspect to the romance has always happened 'manually'.

Another reviewer states the added passages are"convincing". I don't think one could quite go that far, it IS Jane Austen's writing she is mimicking, a writer who died 200 years ago, was popular in her time and is still as popular today. Not to mention that Jane was writing in her own contemporary language and the story is so familiar to so many people.

At times the additions seem very 'clunky'. Of course they do. The thing is I read it avidly anyway. Such a joy to have the lesbian romance and it is well written.

I would recommend this to readers who want a healthy dose of 'historical' lesbian romance whether they are familiar with the original or not. There are no sex scenes added (this is romance not erotica) thank God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Love It 6 Aug 2014
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'Queer Pride and Prejudice' would be a better title - 'Gay' implies a m/m focus, but whilst that is present the primary romance of this story is between two women. And how well Christie pulls it off. Small changes here and there in the narrative, the addition of some paragraphs, the re-attribution of some dialogue - she shifts the centre of gravity in the novel with minimal disruption, leaving about the best lesbian historical romance one could ever hope to read (i.e. one written, nearly, by Jane Austen). It's hard to go into details without spoiling too much for the new reader, but I feel she preserves the emotional sense underpinning the original plot very well - the pride and the prejudice are still there, and for myself I couldn't help feeling even more drawn to this version of events. Of course it isn't flawless, but I enjoyed this intensely, and gets 5 stars from me on the basis that I've re-read it three times since buying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful spin on a classic 7 Jun 2012
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Life for the Bennet sisters in the quiet rural County of Hertfordshire, England, is all set to change dramatically. A rich, single gentleman has arrived at Netherfield Park. Mrs Bennet is delighted. Surely one of her daughters will make Mr Bingley a good wife? After all, she does have five of them for him to choose from.

Elizabeth though has other ideas and marriage isn't one of them. Elizabeth has been seeing Charlotte romantically for quite sometime. It's only when Charlotte decides to marry Mr Collins, that Elizabeth must re-think her options. It's not that Elizabeth doesn't have choices. Men do ask for her hand in marriage, but not all women feel desire towards men, nor do all men feel desire towards women. There are some who prefer the company of their own sex. What will Elizabeth decide to do? Will Elizabeth ever find another to love?

First of all I'll start by saying I haven't read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, so I have nothing to compare this version with. I have no idea how much of the text is Kate Christie's and how much is Jane Austen's. I have seen the film version though, so I do know the original story. In my opinion, this book is as true to the original story as possible.

This is a wonderfully refreshing and cleverly written new take on a much loved classic. I think Kate chose exactly the right characters to write in as gay. She didn't make the story all about the gay characters, which simply wouldn't have sounded right. The dialogue is written in the style of the time the original book was written.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though I've never been too fond of reading the classics, I much prefer the film versions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A skilful twist on the original 8 May 2012
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Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books, one of the few that I re-read. Loving it so much, I've been tempted into reading a couple of variants/sequels which inevitably were disappointing - well, they were just not Austen. So, Kate Christie's approach, of leaving as much of the original text as possible and embellishing it, I think a brilliant one.

Pride and Prejudice has been rewritten with a skilled and very light touch. Some of the text needs only the slightest change to support the new version of events. It is Caroline Bingley who finds Elizabeth only "tolerable", and again Caroline who later dwells on Elizabeth's fine eyes. Some needs no change at all: Charlotte Lucas for example, never thinks "highly either of men or matrimony".

But then the more substantial passages that have been added are also well written and I found the imitation of Austen's style convincing.

The extent of the queering of the story was just right for me. I thought the right characters were outed and the right couples left as straight. It made fascinating and entertaining reading, waiting for the next queer turn, spotting subtext in the original writing and reading Kate's additions.

It has a clever and satisfying conclusion and I found this a thoroughly enjoyable twist on a favourite book of mine.
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