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EPUB ô Prom & Prejudice Î It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom dateAfter winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn t interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in LondonLizzie is happy about her friend s burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles s friend, Will Darcy, who s snobby and pretentious Darcy doesn t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it s because her family doesn t have money Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway This book is a very confused Jane Austen adaptation, so confused that I d question whether the author actually understood the book If you re going to do an adaptation where you name all the characters with the same name from the book and plagiarize whole passages speeches by just translating them into simpler English, then at least don t mangle the main characters or the whole point of it For instance Lizzie a depressive shrew who hates all the rich kids around her except for her friend Jane.Da This book is a very confused Jane Austen adaptation, so confused that I d question whether the author actually understood the book If you re going to do an adaptation where you name all the characters with the same name from the book and plagiarize whole passages speeches by just translating them into simpler English, then at least don t mangle the main characters or the whole point of it For instance Lizzie a depressive shrew who hates all the rich kids around her except for her friend Jane.Darcy an amazingly handsome, rich, generous, nice, and thoughtful guy Everyone likes him The whole point with Austen s Lizzie was that she didn t HATE everyone, not even all rich people, just Darcy He was her one blind spot, and Lizzie s problem with Darcy had a great deal to do with him injuring her pride with a stray comment about her looks and his general attitude toward those who had substantially less than he did That led to her prejudice towards him And everyone else thought he was a putz, too This also makes the reader prejudiced too right from the start toward Lizzie and against Darcy.Also, Lizzie was a lively girl Fun to be around, intelligent, caring, people liked being in her company And that s why Darcy was into her after he got over her being poor , even though he kept mucking it up all the time due to his own pride about her background and what it would say about him if they were together and finally started letting go off all of his prejudices about it.Frankly, they both grow up a LOT in the course of the story The story is two sides of pride and how they lead to prejudice at least at its most simplified surface reading And it shows the reader how they fall victim to it too in the course of their changing view of Darcy.In this adaptation, the author pretty much removes Darcy s character arc completely Sothere s over half the story gone I mean, his tiny little arc is sort of therefor about two pages Then he turns into a Gary Stu character The entire burden then falls onto Lizzie, and it loses most of its power and it becomes really one dimensional It mostly becomes a story of trust Darcy having problems trusting a scholarship student because of what the last one did to his family but getting over it really quickly , and Lizzie, having to learn how to trust a rich student Pride, prejudice both become secondary parts of the story.That being said, I can get over turning Wickham into a freeloading, thieving, rapist errrnot exactly the same thing, butokay but turning Colin Mr Collins into a boy who is just long winded No, people didn t hate Mr Collins for being verbose, people hated the guy because he was an arrogant, self important, flatterer who was either being disingenuous or lecturing you every time he opened his mouth He s Wickham s foil in many regards Colin served absolutely no purpose in this adaptation after he s just made socially awkward.Ughno, just no So I m going to write my own version of a Jane Austen book It s going to be called JANE AUSTEN ZOMBIE TERMINATOR It s going to be about how Jane Austen rises from her grave and hunts down all the people who write terrible, terrible sequels and retellings of her book She s then going to go all Carrie on them and kick their ass The End Karen wrote something in her review of Ash that I think would be very applicable to Prom and Prejudice as well She says, Fairy tales are generally sy So I m going to write my own version of a Jane Austen book It s going to be called JANE AUSTEN ZOMBIE TERMINATOR It s going to be about how Jane Austen rises from her grave and hunts down all the people who write terrible, terrible sequels and retellings of her book She s then going to go all Carrie on them and kick their ass The End Karen wrote something in her review of Ash that I think would be very applicable to Prom and Prejudice as well She says, Fairy tales are generally symbolic stories which mask universal human desires too emotional or frightening to deal with head on I also said something similar, but in a different context, in my review of The Grand Sophie Jane Austen s purpose in writing her novels was not merely to tell a story In fact, the story was merely a vehicle to examine critically the s and customs of the society of her times In an era where women academicians and philosophers were all but unknown, Austen used the only avenue open to her to espouse her brand of social commentary the novel So you see, when you are retelling a Jane Austen novel, or any piece of literature, it is not enough to simply use the name of the characters The essence of the literature is in its legacy, and that can only be found in the subtleties and sub contexts of the novel Obviously, I m not saying that every retelling of a classic must impart the same message as the original in fact, what s the fun in that The idea is to use that old bastion as a foundation to build a new structure, one that interfaces intelligently with the world you live in So if you want to tell a modern day story about consumerism obsessed teens, the economic divide and the superficiality of rich brats, Pride and Prejudice would be the perfect vehicle Like Clueless, that ridiculously adorable retelling of Emma, so fluffy on the surface, but filled with subliminal messages.Unfortunately, the author of Prom and Prejudice seems to have absorbed nothing from Pride and Prejudice except the surface story it imparts SO you have Elizabeth Bennett, a scholarship student in a rich girl school obsessed with prom The only people who are nice to her in the whole entire school are her roommate Jane Netherfield and the only other scholarship girl, Charlotte Lucas Jane has a crush on Charles Bingley, a student at the neighbouring boy s prep school, Pemberly Academy, who has recently returned from a semester in England with his best friend Darcy Of course Darcy is mean about Lizzie, she overhears him, hates him, falls for Wickham, etc etc, you know the drill No, really, you do Because this retelling does not deviate from the original one little bit Except for changing the setting from England to Connecticut, making the characters teenage rich brats and making the few minor changes required to situate the novel on the 21st century, Prom and Prejudice does not attempt to change in any manner the story of Pride and Prejudice Now here s the deal You can t claim to retell a story and then literally retell it I mean, what s the point I already know, and love, the original story What is YOUR contribution to the retelling, Ms Eulberg Am I supposed to be satisfied that Elizabeth works in a coffee shop now instead of being an idle gentlewoman Or that instead of being forced to marry Lydia, Wickham is subject to a restraining order Those are cosmetic changes it s like stealing someone else s doll and putting your clothes on it and claiming that it s YOUR doll I discovered that Elizabeth Eulberg has written a fairly successful YA novel before Prom and Prejudice, so I can t help wondering, why is this attempt so amateurish None of the characters in this novel have any real character They are just puppets mouthing the words of the original cast of Pride and Prejudice The language also sounds stiff and old fashioned, as though the author is caught in a time warp between the 1813 and 2011, never fully in either era For example, Lizzie is at a student party hosted by Charles Bingley, and Will Darcy walks up to her and asks her to dance Now I ve been to my share of parties when I was a teenager, and most of the time my invitations were along the lines of Wanna dance or, if the guy was a littlepolite, Would you like to dance You know what I ve never heard come out from a teenage boy s mouth Would you care to join me for a dance Seriously, like he s fifty or something And later, when Colin s asking Lizzie to the prom There are certain rites of passage that I think are a very important part of becoming an adult He looked at me expectedly I was so tired, all I could do was nod Prom is one of those rites My stomach dropped It is a momentous occasion, especially for a Longbourn girl like yourself, and I believe that we d make a great match to attend Obviously, we have the dancing part down He let out a small laugh And I know with your circumstances you may have some difficulty with the dress, but I would bethan willing to pay for your accoutrements if that would make youcomfortable I ask you, have you EVER met a teenage boy after 1950 who spoke like that Also, did you see She mixed up expectantly and expectedly shakes head sorrowfully at the editor That is only one of very many, many painful grammatical and typographical errors in the book This book deserves place of honour in my jeez they ll publish anything shelf I could whine a lotabout the incredible hideousness of this massacre of my favourite Regency novel, but I ll spare you To sum it up, Prom and Prejudice suffers from a severe lack of creativity, terrible characterizations, pedestrian writing, truly bad editing and nauseating superficiality My recommendation Avoid it like the plague Absolutely adorable Any one that knows me knows that my all time favorite book is Pride and Prejudice, so when I saw that Prom and Prejudice offered to retell that story through teenagers, I plucked that book from the bookshelf quicker than Caroline Bingley could snatch a couture dress from the designer s hand.Lizzie Bennet is one of two scholarship kids going to an all girl school, and unfortunately on the wrong end of permanent hazing by her less than thrilled rich classmates So it s not s Absolutely adorable Any one that knows me knows that my all time favorite book is Pride and Prejudice, so when I saw that Prom and Prejudice offered to retell that story through teenagers, I plucked that book from the bookshelf quicker than Caroline Bingley could snatch a couture dress from the designer s hand.Lizzie Bennet is one of two scholarship kids going to an all girl school, and unfortunately on the wrong end of permanent hazing by her less than thrilled rich classmates So it s not surprising that she has no interest in any of the guys attending the nearby school for prestigious young men particularly the snobby Will Darcy However, she does enjoy the company of his friend Charles Bingley and loves that her friendly roommate Jane has drawn his attention At least Jane will be able to attend Prom with a decent guy Or so Lizzie thought It doesn t take long for Charles sister Caroline to ruin Jane s hopes for a prom date While trying to help mend Jane s broken heart, Lizzie also has to fight the unwanted attention from Colin and the sudden stalking Will seems to be doing at the coffee shop she works at Luckily her best friend, and fellow scholarship holder, Charlotte can steal young Colin s eyes, but that still leaves Jane to deal with one William Darcy, who she learns after several silent walks home together, doesn t seem to be too bad after all.Prom and Prejudice was adorable Sure, completely predictable, but no one really cares when you re reading a retelling of one of the best love stories ever I flew through this in less than a day cause it was so light and easy to read If you d like a quick read that ll leave you smiling, Prom and Prejudice is for you Agh SO CUTE.I love P P retellings Just love them And this one did not disappoint me It was cute, funny, relatable with great girl friendship and romance which will make your heart melt It s definitely a light and adorable read to cure your book hangover with If you re interested in a bit darker P P retelling I whole heartedly recommend First Then I gave it 5 stars,yaay But this one is really great and I loved reading about Longbourn Academy and Lizzie s adventures.PS If you guys hav Agh SO CUTE.I love PP retellings Just love them And this one did not disappoint me It was cute, funny, relatable with great girl friendship and romance which will make your heart melt It s definitely a light and adorable read to cure your book hangover with If you re interested in a bit darker PP retelling I whole heartedly recommend First Then I gave it 5 stars,yaay But this one is really great and I loved reading about Longbourn Academy and Lizzie s adventures.PS If you guys have any PP Persuasion retellings to recommend me,do it