A couple months ago, I wrote my reaction to the publishing of a gender swapped Twilight. The idea is interesting, but I didn’t think Twilight could do it. So when I found Prejudice and Pride, I was interested, but skeptical at how a Jane Austen classic would turn out with a gender swap.
In the novel by Lynn Messina, Prejudice and Pride is a gender twist and a modern spin of Pride and Prejudice. Darcy is what you expect; rich, standoffish, proud and disapproving, but also a woman. Bennet is Bennet Bethle, a fundraiser for a museum who’s brothers, John and Lydon, also work for. And while Charlotte “Bingley” Bingston fawns over John Bethle, Darcy is forced into spending more and more time with Bennet. And most surprising, it actually works as a gender swap fairly well.
I know, I know, after Twilight I had little faith. But here is the major difference between that and Prejudice and Pride: the latter is not trying to be identical stories. It’s a modern retelling. The story has the same charm and style of the Austen original, but contains enough modern references to make it original and interesting (especially as someone who struggles to re-read books). It doesn’t copy the original word for word like Twilight did, which was my biggest pet peeve with the idea. And, if you have read Pride and Prejudice, there are nuggets of references to the original that are like an homage to the inspiration.
I will be honest that knowing that the gender’s were swapped between characters was difficult to get past at first, probably because of Twilight’s failure, but once I really got into the story and recognized it as it’s own story, not a copy, it was quite enjoyable to read.
Want to read Prejudice and Pride? The officially publication date is December 15th, so add it to your Christmas list!
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