- 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
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #342,457 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lydia Bennet's Blog: the real story of Pride and Prejudice Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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?...)
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!
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?
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Couldn't read this. Thought it silly and parasitic on Jane Austen's novel without any of the wit. Sorry - waste of time.Published 9 months ago by Medusa
This is original, interesting and highly believable. One of the best new takes on and Pride and Prejudice from someone who i think is a realy discovery as a writer.Published 12 months ago by miss
I love anything which re-hashes Jane Austen's work. This is so clever, so current and wickedly funny. Loved it, have recommended it to anyone who will listen!Published 20 months ago by Bella-talk
I read this in a few days and it was a great distraction and relaxation. Lydia presents herself as the heroine of the whole novel: it is her machinations which help Jane and Lizzy... Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2014 by M. A. Topping
Very clever blend of teen speak and modern teen concerns with Jane Austen language and detail. Made me laugh out loud quite lot but I did eventually tire of the joke and since we... Read morePublished on 4 May 2014 by serpentine
I felt it ran out of steam after the first couple of chapters - but I did laugh out loud in places
Loved it. At first I was afraid that the idea might not last the distance, but it's so well done that the character really develops as the book progresses, and there's genuine... Read morePublished on 6 Nov. 2013 by littlebert
I bought this book because it had great reviews, but when I first started reading it I was initially disappointed in the language. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2013 by Mr S Taylor
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