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4.0 out of 5 stars funny-bit over the top, P&P is of course better in every way, 20 July 2000
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This review is from: Pride, Prejudice and Jasmine Field (Paperback)
First of all, i really enjoyed this book, and I thought it was funny and innovative. I liked Jazz and Harry as Elizabeth and Darcy, though I must say, while it was clear that every main P&P character would have an equivalent in this book, it was a little over the top to cast them almost all as their alter ego. the obnoxious reporter didn't have to play Mr.Collins for us to recognize.First rule of writing an interesting novel: don't get too obvious. Also, the events in P&P were mirrored step by step, and sometimes they seemed implausibly constucted(like the story about Harry's sister and Josie sleeping with Wills) just to match P&P. I also found the tendency to set up every single character at the end of the novel deconstructing to the entirity of the book.
Something also made the book the worse for me, and that was the one thing she didn't take from P&P:Lady Catherine DeBurgh. she appears, but has not really a speaking part. She is such an addition to P&P that it really is an empty space noone is filling. All in all do two things before reading this: read Pride and Predjudice, and acknowledge that it is infinitely superior to everything you will read during probably your lifetime( excepting other Jane Austen novels like Emma and Mansfield Park), then discard any hopes for reproduction of genius like Jane Austen's, and you will be fine. Enjoy, but do not reason. Do not judge too harshly, remember, the stage of Jane Austen's excellence is not to be reached, so be nice.
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