Did a work ever inspire offshoots, sequels, revisionings, reworkings, and movies as much as Pride and Prejudice? I think not, but feel free to correct me. If you’re a fan of Pride and Prejudice the collection of material below will either delight you or make your toes curl in horror (or both in turns).
The Horror-Mashup Family
This is a big thing. Seth Grahame-Smith shocked the world in 2009 with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, creating a whole new genre of fiction (the Classic/Horror Mashup – complete with searching book club questions). Along with various other classics (Sense and Sensibility and Sea-Monsters, and most recently Romeo and Juliet and Vampires), there’s a growing family of Pride and Prejudice mashups:
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After, Steve Hockensmith (the sequel)
- Dawn of the Dreadfuls, Steve Hockensmith (the prequel)
- Also: Mr Darcy, Vampyre, Amanda Grange (who also wrote Darcy’s Diary)
Continued stories and sequels (often featuring P & P characters that someone thought deserved more)
You may have done this yourself at some time, briefly, in your head.
- Mr Darcy takes a wife: Pride and prejudice continues, Linda Berdoll
- Darcy & Elizabeth: nights and days at Pemberley: Pride and prejudice continues, Linda Berdoll
- Pemberley Manor: Darcy and Elizabeth, for better or worse, Kathryn L. Nelson
- The Darcy connection: a novel, Elizabeth Aston – centres on Mr Collins (odious little man) and Charlotte’s offspring, two girls, one very much like Elizabeth Bennet and one very much like Jane.
- Pemberley through the ages, Norma Jean Moseley – a Darcy epic, from the point when the Darcys acquire Pemberley through to the post-Fitzwilliam time (which might be awful to contemplate for some readers).
- The independence of Miss Mary Bennet, Colleen McCullough – obviously Mary was hard done by. There’s nothing wrong with constantly reading and being an insufferable knowitall. Colleen McCullough imagines a life of adventure and a hint of danger and possibly love for Mary. Go Mary.
- Presumption, Julia Barrett – a continuation of the story of the Wickham, Bennet, Bingley, Darcy and Collins families.
- Mr Darcy’s diary, Maya Slater (large print)
- Darcy’s diary, Amanda Grange (large print) – Amanda Grange also wrote Mr Knightley’s Diary and Edmund Bertram’s Diary.
Placing P&P in an updated, mostly chick-lit context
- Prom and prejudice, Elizabeth Eulberg (Young Adult) – Lizzie attends an exclusive academy, and is inexplicably attracted to her roommate’s best friend, who is pompous and called Will Darcy, naturally.
- Love, lies and Lizzie, Rosie Rushton (Young Adult) – Mrs Bennet’s family comes into a large amount of money and moves to a picturesque village, where her five daughters are caught up in a world of parties and intrigue.
- Pride, prejudice and Jasmin Field (Large Print), Melissa Nathan. Also an element of Bridget Jones in here.
- The trials of the Honorable F. Darcy: a modern Pride & prejudice, Sara Angelini.
- Austenland, Shannon Hale.
- Pride and prescience, or, A truth universally acknowledged: a Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery, Carrie Bebris
- Suspense and sensibility, or, First impressions, revisited: a Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mystery, Carrie Bebris
- Pride and Prejudice, Nancy Butler and Hugo Petrus
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Tony Lee and Cliff Richards
On the screen, big and small
- Bride and Prejudice – the Bollywood trappings, starring Martin Henderson
- Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth)
- Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightley and Matthew McFadyen)
- Lost in Austen – time travel, back and forth (expected library arrival, April 2011)
Why? Why? Some literary criticism
- A truth universally acknowledged: 33 reasons why we can’t stop reading Jane Austen, edited by Susannah Carson; foreword by Harold Bloom