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To start, I have absolutely nothing against the content of this book I ve been around long enough and read enough fanfiction based on series books movies spanning many genres Pretty much nothing can faze me I m sure this book is meant to be tongue in cheek and a bit shocking The Achilles Patroclus type of relationship between Darcy and Bingley doesn t squick me End disclaimer.See, I m a P P retelling reinvention modern adaptation collector I ve got shelves full of books putting a differe To start, I have absolutely nothing against the content of this book I ve been around long enough and read enough fanfiction based on series books movies spanning many genres Pretty much nothing can faze me I m sure this book is meant to be tongue in cheek and a bit shocking The Achilles Patroclus type of relationship between Darcy and Bingley doesn t squick me End disclaimer.See, I m a PP retelling reinvention modern adaptation collector I ve got shelves full of books putting a different spin on PP This book won t find a home on those shelves My problem lies in the fact that I am simply unable to imagine the characters from Pride Prejudice acting and speaking this way Ever Rather than creating this situation in Pride Prejudice, the author would have been better off creating original characters in a similar setting Hell, she pretty much did already and just slapped on the names Fitzwilliam Darcy, Charles Bingley and Elizabeth and Jane Bennet Yes, they are that OOC.I simply can t finish this book If I could replace the characters names in my head I d keep going But when Fitz Darcy and Charles and Elizabeth are splashed across every page, I just can t take myself there If anyone would like to give this book a whirl and swap this for a book I have listed on my find a copy shelf, I d be happy to trade Otherwise, this is going back to This was a lot of fun I spent several years of their teens reading pretty much every P P continuation novel in print and half of the ones online , so I have a wide base of comparison when I say that this is an engaging and innovative entry in that genre, though the genre itself is one that takes some getting used to and isn t for everyone What I liked best in P P is all of the queerness, obviously, and the way the queerness helps fill in Bingley s character generally the hardest one for mode This was a lot of fun I spent several years of their teens reading pretty much every PP continuation novel in print and half of the ones online , so I have a wide base of comparison when I say that this is an engaging and innovative entry in that genre, though the genre itself is one that takes some getting used to and isn t for everyone What I liked best in P P is all of the queerness, obviously, and the way the queerness helps fill in Bingley s character generally the hardest one for modern authors to grapple with It all rang true to me, including the fact that Darcy starts the book as an asshole and has to learn to be less of one The main weaknesses of the book I think are a bit inherent to the genre frequently weird pacing I think the wedding nights came in the wrong order , and and ending that doesn t want to actually stop since the whole premise is that readers don t want PP to end, P P is justified in taking its time to wind things down, but I think half of the rather long epilogue really ought to have been the start of a sequel instead Overall this is a book which I enjoyed reading, but would hesitate to recommend I suspect you already know whether this is a book you want to read or not This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I give this story credit for being unlike any P P variation I ve ever read before It was an interesting take on the close friendships presented to us in the original.With that being said, there were other parts that just seemed out of place to me I didn t enjoy Darcy s characterization, especially with his domineering behaviour over Bingley in the slightest, and his behaviour made me question the validity of his feelings for Elizabeth Most of the story deals with the gaps in the story , the I give this story credit for being unlike any PP variation I ve ever read before It was an interesting take on the close friendships presented to us in the original.With that being said, there were other parts that just seemed out of place to me I didn t enjoy Darcy s characterization, especially with his domineering behaviour over Bingley in the slightest, and his behaviour made me question the validity of his feelings for Elizabeth Most of the story deals with the gaps in the story , the unseen moments we are not told of in the original In this particular version, Darcy spends much of his London time at his gentleman s club, which is a reference to Herendeen s other book Personally, I think the addition of Darcy very special gentleman s club valid, and I found it odd that he took exception to Bingley being interested elsewhere, yet he was receiving favours from the men in this club.What bothered me the most, though, was very subtle and laced through the novel I find it a chronic flaw in most slash fan fiction over many fandoms There is quite a dislike and distrust of women in the story Elizabeth is the only woman to escape this characterization for the most part, and even then her treatment showed the dislike, as well With the exception of Elizabeth almost of the women in the story are described as plump, jiggling, jelly like, rounded, large breasted, or resembling a barge Lydia is described as being one or two stone 14 28 pounds heavier than Wickham, and is the barge in question This is opposed to Elizabeth s body, which is described as having small breasts, waist, nimble and like a boy There is a particular off putting mention of Jane s cellulite during one amorous scene, and despite Bingley adoring it, as the reader I thought it unnecessary None of the men are described with words such as jiggling or mentioned have bellies, or cellulite They are the living embodiment of the Greek gods oft mentioned in the story.Even Darcy and his Elizbeth can t escape these mentions of unattractive female girth Darcy, while wondering if Elizabeth could be with child, wonders how will he bear those last months when she is big and ungainly p 339 Elizabeth did not want to think about what pregnancy would do to her body, the distended, swollen body, all slenderness and attraction gone, perhaps forever Some women never regain their figures, p 341 Further, it is Darcy who is the natural parent when said child does arrive, and Elizabeth appears less enthralled, loving and engaged.This does happen in real life, and I know it s good for women who have felt this way about pregnancy and children to feel that they aren t alone, but I just find it out of place in the original s context, and I find it adds to this undercurrent of dislike of natural or expected feminine attributes Elizabeth, our heroine, has a leaner body shape that is not described in a demeaning manner unlike the other womens , and does not appear to have that motherly urge Further, I was upset with the idea that the men were allowed to carry on their relationship after marriage, but Elizabeth was denied so with Charlotte Again, the men are praised and elevated, and the female aspect is put down and denied.This book made me think a lot, mostly about slash fan fiction writers and why women are put down so heavily in these stories In real life if you aren t attracted to someone you just aren t, you don t find everyone repulsive She s not a fat woman or a skinny woman, she s just a woman As you can probably gather from the title, this book is an excuse for the author to write lots of sex scenes between Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley And to promote her other book by having its main character be an acquaintance of Mr Darcy This is probably the most obnoxious part of the entire novel and had me skipping any page that mentioned the Brotherhood of Philander by the end While I didn t completely dislike everything about this book, it has many many problems.First, if you are not EXTREM As you can probably gather from the title, this book is an excuse for the author to write lots of sex scenes between Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley And to promote her other book by having its main character be an acquaintance of Mr Darcy This is probably the most obnoxious part of the entire novel and had me skipping any page that mentioned the Brotherhood of Philander by the end While I didn t completely dislike everything about this book, it has many many problems.First, if you are not EXTREMELY familiar with the story of Pride Prejudice, Pride Prejudice is not going to make very much sense to you Every important scene takes place off screen, including the first meeting of Darcy and Elizabeth, Darcy proposing to Elizabeth the first time, Darcy and Elizabeth at Pemberley Then the author gifts us pages and pages of the participants thinking about what just happened, sometimes without really saying what happened at all This is extremely frustrating.Next, I didn t really like Mr Darcy at ALL in this story He s kind of a massive dick And not in the fun to tease, brooding way that he is in the original novel He s awful to Charles Bingley, always referencing Greek literature to prove why he and Charles can t love each on equal footing He basically rapes Charles while the latter is sleeping He spends a lot of time talking about his many married conquests and it just doesn t sit well with me at all I also HATED the way the author dealt with George Wickham Further, the author insists this is a queer retelling of Pride Prejudice, but mostly I just see a ton of Darcy Bingley While Elizabeth is given a relationship with Charlotte Lucas, it doesn t develop much and by the end of the novel, we ve had entire chapter devoted to Darcy and Bingley s sexual adventures at Netherfield and maybe four or five pages of Elizabeth and Charlotte playfully kissing in the grass I felt that was very unfair, almost as if the Elizabeth Charlotte relationship was just thrown in at the last minute Also, the end of the novel was just BORING One of the most charming aspects of Pride and Prejudice to me is that is ends at their marriage and we are free to imagine a happy, beautiful life for our hero and heroine Ann Herendeen would have been smart to follow Miss Austen s example The last five chapters are long and basically involve Elizabeth and Jane losing their virginity and loving every second of it, then letting their husbands run off to have sex in a barn Then there are babies Thenbabies Then Jane and Elizabeth talking about how their husbands are having sex in the barn Then babies It was a small torture to read the last 50 pages or so I would not suggest this book unless you re looking for some halfway decent Darcy Bingley fanfiction Unfortunately for the author, there are so many GREAT PP fanfics available for free on the internet Ok this book was strange I hope it won t affect the way I see Pride and Prejudice, mr Darcy and all the others In Pride Prejudice Ann Herendeen shows us a totally different interpretation of Austens book She finds somethingthan friendship between Darcy and Bingley The two men love each other in a totally different way and in the beginning I had the feeling they just wanted to marry a woman because society wanted expected them to After reading a while though, I discover Ok this book was strange I hope it won t affect the way I see Pride and Prejudice, mr Darcy and all the others In Pride Prejudice Ann Herendeen shows us a totally different interpretation of Austens book She finds somethingthan friendship between Darcy and Bingley The two men love each other in a totally different way and in the beginning I had the feeling they just wanted to marry a woman because society wanted expected them to After reading a while though, I discovered I was wrong I also discovered Ann Herendeen did a good job in describing the scenes we miss in Pride and Prejudice Her descriptions weren t always my cup of tea, but she at least sought a declaration for some events in the real work She tried to read between the lines and ended up with a story that made sense completely I doubt I would read the same story between the lines of Pride and Prejudice, but I m sure I wouldn t be able to fit my ideas that good in the real story Sometimes I really thought Oh my God, what if she s right What if she interpreted this correct and I was wrong all the time It was scary I don t want another idea of the original story I don t want to see Darcy and Bingley in another way than I did before I gave this book 3 stars because I think Ann Herendeen did a very good job, but I couldn t find myself in her version of the story I had mixed feelings all the time, but I m glad I read the book Curiosity has many times been a motivating factor for me to reach out and snag a book A naughty, bawdy version of Jane Austen s Pride Prejudice fell in with this motivation I was all set for a book that would make me squirm and get flustered because it was taken such liberties with the P P story.But I wasn t far in before I realized that I was actually distracted and unfocused While yes, it was uber avant guarde with forbidden relationships of the times namely gay, bi sexual, and open situa Curiosity has many times been a motivating factor for me to reach out and snag a book A naughty, bawdy version of Jane Austen s Pride Prejudice fell in with this motivation I was all set for a book that would make me squirm and get flustered because it was taken such liberties with the PP story.But I wasn t far in before I realized that I was actually distracted and unfocused While yes, it was uber avant guarde with forbidden relationships of the times namely gay, bi sexual, and open situations and made great efforts to share what went on behind closed doors from the original story, it did a great deal of passive voice storytelling and seems to wander There was the addition of a crossover story thread from another book that was distracting The book relied a great deal on titillation rather than story and character development which left me dissatisfied I don t mind heat in a story, but I do want a good strong story for all that I couldn t engage with the characters It s possible that it was my mood or my expectation, but whatever it was, it was there and stuck with me getting worse the further I went To be fair, I will say that I also felt dissatisfaction with the open relationship bit and that is on me and not the author.So, while it did indeed cause me to whistle in amazement a few times at the way the story took of a classic story and turned it on its head, I m afraid it was the forbidden nature and not the storytelling that will be what sticks with me a number of readers seem to be missing the point of this book Herendeen, in her concluding author s notes, states explicitly that part of her purpose in producing this treatment of P P is to review the original from the perspective of a 21st century person I think she does this splendidly Unrequited love and the comedy of manners and the unresolved sexual tension is all great and whatever, but this version of Austen s characters actually conveys upon them agency, both political and sexual It a number of readers seem to be missing the point of this book Herendeen, in her concluding author s notes, states explicitly that part of her purpose in producing this treatment of PP is to review the original from the perspective of a 21st century person I think she does this splendidly Unrequited love and the comedy of manners and the unresolved sexual tension is all great and whatever, but this version of Austen s characters actually conveys upon them agency, both political and sexual It explores the reasoning behind the choices the characters make without denying them the reality of their sexual desires, which is of course pro forma with regency works Yes, there s a lot of sex That may not be to everyone s tastes But for the deeper exploration of Elizabeth and Fitz s marriage alone this book garners four stars The development of Bingley and Darcy provides an intriguing shade on what is clear to be a passionate friendship, even in Austen Don t under rate this book I found it to be a delightful and engaging read that gave me a great dealsatisfaction in its characters than perhaps Austen s did, with farto relate to than the petty marriage politics that otherwise dominate the narrative This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I hated this book on so many levels I m far from a prude, but imagining Darcy and Bingley as gay lovers was just pushing the envelope a bit too far And the sordidness of the sex acts was just revolting I figure the author must passionately despise Austen fans like myself former English majors swooning over Colin Firth in a wet shirt Otherwise, she wouldn t have attepted to destroy the characters in so complete and twisted a manner While ordinarily I quite enjoy reimaginings of famous nov I hated this book on so many levels I m far from a prude, but imagining Darcy and Bingley as gay lovers was just pushing the envelope a bit too far And the sordidness of the sex acts was just revolting I figure the author must passionately despise Austen fans like myself former English majors swooning over Colin Firth in a wet shirt Otherwise, she wouldn t have attepted to destroy the characters in so complete and twisted a manner While ordinarily I quite enjoy reimaginings of famous novels and further explorations of their characters I was amused by the TV movie Lost in Austen this book I could not tolerate When I finished it and I did, of course, hoping all the while that the author would somehow redeem herself , I threw it across the room {FREE EBOOK} ⚞ Pride/Prejudice: A Novel of Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, and Their Forbidden Lovers ⚣ Audacious and masterfulTrue to Austen s spirit, Ann Herendeen has given us a compelling, and sexual, novel of manners Pamela Regis, author of A Natural History of the Romance Novel Ann Herendeen s Pride Prejudice a novel of Mr Darcy, Elizabeth Bennett, and their other loves revisits the classic Jane Austen work to fill in the gaps that the original left unexplained and unexplored Ingenious, brazen, and unrelentingly entertaining yet always appreciative and respectful of one of the world s most beloved literary works this masterful reinvention by the acclaimed author of Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander is truly a Pride and Prejudice for the st Century I absolutely LOVED this book I appreciate the manner in which Ann Herendeen paid tribute to Jane Austen without mimicking her I thoroughly enjoyed how the plot twists, while staying true to the thrust of the original story, drew life, and a wonderful sense of life, by the very nature of the differences Herendeen created to make her story as plausible as Austen s I also think Jane would roll her eyes and roll over in her grave were she to read this Not because she wouldn t like it, but rather I absolutely LOVED this book I appreciate the manner in which Ann Herendeen paid tribute to Jane Austen without mimicking her I thoroughly enjoyed how the plot twists, while staying true to the thrust of the original story, drew life, and a wonderful sense of life, by the very nature of the differences Herendeen created to make her story as plausible as Austen s I also think Jane would roll her eyes and roll over in her grave were she to read this Not because she wouldn t like it, but rather, because she would think The jig is up, I ve been found out, let s dance Jane Austen wrote the book she could write Ann Herendeen wrote the book Ann Herendeen wanted to write For Austen purists, if, indeed, there really is such a thing, I believe you would shudder at Pride Prejudice, and the shuddering would be not entirely without delight For others, I think the author s implicit request that one expand one s imagination, might be too much to ask And for yet another group, I think their belief in an all powerful and loving God does not, under any circumstance, include homosexuals, bisexuals and lesbians So they really should not read this book because the sex alone is shockingly, wonderfully, deliciously sinful By the way, there s no way one can look at the cover of this book and read the first page without realizing the same sex nature and inclinations of the two main male characters So, it s OK to say you hate it, it s OK to say you love it it s not OK to say you were shocked shocked I tell you to discover two men making love with one another and, quite separately, of course, with their wives Oh, sorry, didn t mean to reveal that much No, Pride Prejudice is for readers who love the well turned phrase, who demand a plot and storyline that keeps moving and who want characters and dialog that remind them of the original reasons they loved Jane Austen, while being frankly happy to read something that uniquely resonates with their own lives Herendeen says in her essay at the back of the book The Story Behind Pride Prejudice, her own story is a way of bringing to light the alternative universe that was invisible in Austen s time As even the most casual observer of marginalized people could agree, the invisibility first, of women, and second, of the subcultures of homosexuals, bisexuals and lesbians, did not preclude individual members of these groups from pursuing, in whatever manner least likely to get them hung, their inherent passions and preferences.And, as with Austen, Herendeen completely convinces that the people in her world are passionate creatures with high moral standards that are measured against and coexist with a very fallible and human nature Like most moral dilemmas, the prevailing one in Pride Prejudice involves lies of both omission and commission in that environment, Herendeen brings her characters to life as they make sound and unsound, moral and unmoral, thoughtful and thoughtless conclusions that support their own narrow first impressions As I read some of the other reviews, I can t help but think some of the readers of Pride Prejudice have missed the irony inherent in their own disparagement of Herendeen s book as a trope right out of that very book Ann Herendeen s writing reveals a level of sophistication, subtlety and prowess of language mastery that most writers and authors wish they had She dispatches her dialog, the characters and the storyline with an ease that belies the difficulty of taking a beloved story and making it one s own.For anyone familiar with fan fiction, and for anyone who has had the talent and skill to move beyond it , Pride Prejudice is a delightful, beautifully written recreation of the way it very well might have been.I knew Ann was great with dialogue when I read her first book, Phyllidia and the Brotherhood of Philander, but the way she captures the tonal coloration of the world in which the Pride Prejudice characters live is completely rewarding for its believability, authenticity and rigorous reflection of the times All the good emotional satisfaction one had when reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is redoubled and brought forward to us by a 21st century author who perfectly captures the voices of Elizabeth, Darcy, Bingley and others that you know and gives them words, and a world, you may or may not know.I especially liked Herendeen s virtuoso ability with Elizabeth To put this character s even handed sensibilities and turn of phrase together with a so called modern configuration of loves and lovers and make it utterly credible, leaves this reader convinced that Ann Heredeen may very well have written the book social convention would not have allowed Jane Austen to write That makes it all thesatisfying that a modern day heir apparent has.I think Ann Herendeen is a remarkably gifted writer from whom we are going to hear a great deal.FULL DISCLOSURE Ann Herendeen is a good friend of mine, and I am mentioned in her Dedication of this book Until I actually had the book in my hands, though, I never read so much as a single sentence of this book however, as a friend, I certainly encouraged her as a writer and said the kinds of things cheerleaders say to their friends who are challenging themselves to create something of value In that regard, I applauded every word, and probably every semicolon and exclamation point Writers, even previously published ones like Ann, need feedback, and mine was of the conceptual, emotional and existential variety, i.e., yes writing is glorious, yes it sucks, yes it s where we love to live, yes it s a dreadful place to be, etc etc I do not feel that my friendship precludes my ability to write a book review of a friend s book, and yet I claim no particular objectivity, either So Make of this disclosure, and my review, what you will