Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Prom & Prejudice
I am such a HUGE Jane Austen fan. Though somehow I’ve yet to read Persuasion. Isn’t that insane? I so need to rectify that ASAP.
Anywho, Prom & Prejudice is based on Pride & Prejudice. And if you haven’t read it yet – why? Really, you should! And by reading it BEFORE Prom & Prejudice, you’ll have a ton more amusement, in my opinion, reading this little, quick-bite of a novel.
Moving on from my rather forceful advice (bibliophiles can be forces of nature!), let’s find out some of the basic summary details of Prom & Prejudice, shall we?
Lizzie Bennet is a scholarship student at the esteemed Longbourn Academy. She’s using her good fortune to further her hopes of being a renowned pianist. But being a scholarship student among all the snobby rich girls that consider you scum is like a daily hazing ritual. If she didn’t have Charlotte, the other scholarship student, and uncommonly kind Jane, her best friend and roommate, she’d be completely miserable.
Most everybody is breathless over the upcoming prom. Even Jane, whom is head-over-heels over the returning-from-England Charles Bingley. He’s a student over at Pemberley Academy, the boy’s version of their school. Lizzie is shocked to find him just as nice and cheerful as Jane, but doesn’t find the same virtues in his dour, stuck-up friend Will Darcy.
Yet Lizzie can’t help but be curious about Darcy anyway. He’s an enigma. But a jerk.
Oh, I loved the first line of Prom & Prejudice and the clever way it hearkens to Pride & Prejudice. It has heavy references to the believed Austen novel, but the author incorporates the fun little matching details in new, modern ways.
I felt this was a fun, honeyed, fantastic reconstruction that doesn’t so much try to be Pride & Prejudice, or compete with it in any way, but instead pays homage to it.
Romantic, funny, sweet, and elating, this is a book that is frustrating in all the right ways.
Prom & Prejudice is a delectable dessert of a novel!
After a long week of school or work, this is the kind of book you want to crawl in bed with.
And, for some strange reason, it caused me a strong desire to watch a certain movie starring Colin Firth…