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Lydia Bennet's Blog: the real story of Pride and Prejudice by [Laws, Valerie]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 588 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Valerie Laws (19 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BEGCMS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #342,457 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is very, very clever. The trouble is, it's so funny, you might miss just how clever it is. I have little to add to the previous reviews other than to give readers an idea of the kind of outrageous humour Laws employs in her modernised version of PRIDE & PREJUDICE in which the language (but not the plot) is brought up-to-date in the style of a chatty teenage blog. WAGs stands for "Wives and Gentlewomen", Lydia consults "The Face Book" for advice about skincare and "Wiki" is her pet name for Wickham.

This linguistic game-playing might have palled if Laws weren't so inventive about the bits Austen didn't write. (I found her interpretation of the Collins/Lucas marriage convincing and oddly moving.) Laws is also spot-on with her characterisation. Of her saintly older sister, Lydia says, "Somebody would have to stab Jane through the kidneys to make a bad impression on her and even then she'd think it was an accident and apologise for dirtying the knife." (Yes! She would!)

I started reading it on my Kindle when I was attached to a drip delivering my first dose of chemotherapy for breast cancer. I laughed out loud. Several times. Any book that can make a woman laugh while hooked up to a machine pumping life-saving drugs into her battered body has to be worth 98p of anybody's money.

(And why on earth hasn't this gem of an indy book been snapped up by a publisher?...)
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This is Pride and Prejudice, from Lydia's point of view, written in modern youth-speak. There are lots of little nods to modern culture, such as Lydia and her friends sharing the 'Face book' which is a book of beauty remedies, and little things like references to WAGs (wives and gentlewomen) etc.

The aspect of this book that I liked best though is that a different slant has been put on the events of Pride and Prejudice so things that in the original book that are coincidences, such as Lizzy going to Kent when Darcy is there turn out not to be coincidences, Lydia has decided to look after her family's future by getting Lizzy married to Darcy (or 'Arsey' as Lydia refers to him!). She is the one who sets up Charlotte and Collins and when she decides she wants to marry her bad boy she works out a way for them to be able to afford it. So rather than the 'thoughtless' Lydia of P&P we actually have a master planner, who finds things out via her network of servant spies and manipulates her family to get the desired outcome. This is a really fun read and I very much enjoyed it. I even laughed out loud a few times!
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I read this book at a time when I was badly in need of a little cheer - and found myself alternately laughing out loud and gasping at the sheer, bold brilliance of it. Years ago, an English Lecturer said to me that parody is an artform, and by no means as easy as people might believe. You have to know the work inside out, you have to love it, and you have to have great facility and skill with words. Valerie Laws has all of this and more. This isn't a sequel, nor is it - quite - a parody. It's the story according to Lydia Bennet, and I loved it for its irreverence, its humour, its intelligence and its energy. I've always had a sneaking liking for the bold bad Bennet - suspecting that she might fare better in a modern world than any of the other sisters - and this novel takes that premise and runs with it. Boy, does it run with it, from a whole new angle on Mr Collins and Charlotte Lucas, to a less than reverent depiction of the sainted Mr Darcy. Laws clearly knows the original and its milieu very well indeed. One of the sheer joys of this book is the constant realisation that, yes, it could have happened exactly like that! Prepare to be amused, entertained, and dazzled. A very good read indeed.
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If someone had described this to me I'd have said it couldn't work, it would pall, it would fall flat - but I'd have been wrong! I just downloaded the sample, just to see what it was like, but before I knew it I was hooked, and I downloaded the whole book. Even though I guess I know how it comes out in the end I'll read it to the finish. I'm happy to assert that in my view her Lydia is absolutely true to Jane Austen's original. I kept saying, "Yes, this is JUST how Lydia would have thought, spoken, and behaved!" It doesn't jar that this 19th century adolescent displays the sexual awareness of her 21st century equivalent; for all we know, 19th century adolescents were just as aware as their great great granddaughters are today.

Of course I wouldn't go as far as to say that it was better than the original ... or, well, in some ways, perhaps, I just might?
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If ever a self-published book deserved wider recognition it's this one. Brilliantly laugh-out-loud funny, very clever, and such a great idea you wonder why no one thought of it before.

Lydia is such a great character, and the author of this novel has really brought her out. Thoroughly recommended, especially if you're an Austen fan!
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This has got to be the liveliest parody of Pride and Prejudice ever! I read it over an exhausting weekend in London and it was a joy to come back to each time, though it makes me glad I've never had a teenage daughter to deal with. The insights into the Bennets, the Bingleys and, especially, the Collinses will influence my reading of the original for ever - here, even the divine Lizzie has feet (and petticoats) of clay. By the end I was cheering the devious and deliciously wicked Lydia on. I wish it was available in print, I'd be buying multiple copies for presents.
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