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Pride and Modern Prejudice (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

AJ Michaels

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What happens when Jane Austen’s immortal characters are thrust into 21st century Pennsylvania, with an all-male twist?

Liam Bennet has always been a good judge of character, but when William Darcy is thrown into his social circle, everything spins out of control. Darcy is proud, cold, arrogant—and strangely captivating. When Liam’s brother and Darcy’s business partner start seeing each other, Liam cannot avoid this enigmatic businessman. But does he want to?

As Liam struggles to find his identity in college and acknowledge his feelings, he must deal with the fortunes of his four brothers, his gossiping mother, and the possibility of a large inheritance that could save his family from financial ruin. Emotions come to a boil when George Wickham, a world-weary musician, stumbles into town and ignites a feud with Darcy. He threatens to expose a long-hidden past, and Liam must decide for himself who William Darcy really is and what he really wants.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 887 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 246 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Dreamspinner Press; Auflage: 1 (6. Juni 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00KTFARTK
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Queering Jane Austen 8. Juni 2014
Von Myddrin Emrys - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Austen's Pride and Prejudice is a perennial favorite of mine. One part love story, one part social commentary I have read it innumerable times, and have taught the novel on multiple occasions. Inevitably, part of the discussion always turns to the various homages and adaptations.

Here, AJ Michaels has managed to keep the heart of the novel very much alive while setting it into a modern context. Letters become emails or text exchanges. The entailment becomes the terms of a quirky will. Darcy and Bingley become internet entrepreneurs. And most importantly, daughters become sons. Yet we still get the insufferably boorish Mr. Collins, catty Miss Bingley, and draconian Lady deBourgh.

The parallels are quite clear between this and the original, yet the changes are enough to make this novel unique. The writing is crisp and clever, retaining the cheekiness of Austen's original. Indeed, several of my favorite lines from the original are given a modern twist as well: "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a delicate balance must be struck between studies, work, and a social life. Liam had yet to acknowledge this truth - actually Liam had yet to hear of this truth."

Overall, this is a brilliant work that enhances the original that forms its base, unlike the ridiculous Pride and Prejudice and Zombies that makes the original a mockery. AJ Michaels does not try to write like Jane Austen. She instead captures the tone of Austen's narrator while being herself.

I look forward to more works from this author in the future, be they other adaptations of classics or complete originals (not that there truly is such a thing). If you are a fan of the original, you will love this modern re-telling.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A refreshing take on my favorite love story 8. Juni 2014
Von Jules - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I enjoyed this unique male on male love story as it didn't have the usual full on sex scene's normally found with this Genre and I must say it didn't need it. That Liam struggled with his sexuality was in my opinion genius, this added with Wickham's antics was a great new direction to take what has been a run of not so good variations printed today. Take a chance on this book and talented writer, I did with no regrets.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen New Classic 8. Juni 2014
Von SalemHellKat - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a huge fan of Jane Austen. Whereas Pride and Prejudice isn't my most favorite of her works; it's still a really good story.

Pride and Prejudice is probably the most known work of Jane Austen as a consequence of that it has been retold countless of times. Some are great re-tellings and some should have never made it to print. This author's approach to the story was a welcomed change and I love the way it was written.
The story is similar but certain plot lines and individual character story lines are different. Some are slight, some not so slight. The author made this rendition his/her own. Now, the story isn't just different because of the obvious gender differences. No, some of the character's personalities are changed , i think to better fit the modernistic approach to this particular rendition of the story. It's set in the 21st century and in order to make the characters realistic for that time frame (if one didn't want to take it the sci-fi/fantasy route) would be to alter the personalites of the characters to better mach the time period. AJ Michaels did that and it was absolutely brilliant.

Jane Bennett is now Jamie
Elizabeth Bennett is now Liam
Mary Bennett is now Mason
Kitty Bennett is now Ben
Lydia Bennett is now Nate

Anne De Bourgh makes an appearance. So too does her mother but in this story she is the step-mother. (Evil step-mother)
Fitzwilliam Darcy is now William Darcy , his cousin Richard Fitzwilliam, Charles Bingley and his pernicious sister Caroline Bingley, Mr. and Mrs. Bennett (yes and her nerves) , Charlotte Lucas, and the acquisitive Collins (Bill is his first name). Oh how could i leave Wickham unmentioned, well given his character , i'm not sorry i almost did.

Jane/Jamie is still shy , good, and kind-hearted. He is loyal and loving and he loves his family. He is gay. He falls for the incredibly wealthy Charles Bingley (who is also gay). Bingley is of great fortune but he is Jamie's equal in personality. Both are just generally good people. Jamie's shyness prevents him from stating what he so obviously feels and Bingley is far too gullible and gives in to the opinions of those around him. Their love story is cute and they so obviously fit each other but if only , if only they would see that themselves. I should make it obvious that they are both out to their families. Both are out and proud.

Liam is the witty, sarcastic, self described "people hating" of the family. His sarcasm is used a form of humor and intelligence but also an armor that he shields himself from letting people get too close. So closer the proximity they have to him , the more chance they have of penetrating his walls and hurting him. Now, Liam's sexuality is a bit of a mystery and provides some introspection (mostly to his best friend Charlotte Lucas). He's had relationships but he remains indifferent to love and finding someone to love and love him back. That is until the day he meets Will Darcy. Upon first meeting Liam, Darcy is cold, quiet, pensive, distant, quite proud , and just a jerk. Yet things aren't always what they so seem to be. Their story was perfect, funny, and just something i really enjoyed reading about.

Love the side story of Charlotte and Collins. Not the outcome i expected but i much enjoyed her ending as opposed to the one Austen gave her. Wickham's story , well he's character wasn't really anything. He's straight and i wondered how AJ Michaels would work his story in and i liked how it played out.

I loved how instead of all daughters , it was made to all sons. Instead of all straight sons , it was 2 gay and 3 straight sons.

I absolutely loved the scene where Catherine De burgh rings Liam and Liam's response to her about Darcy's sexuality was poetry.

"Will is no--"
"He's gay."
"I assure you, he is-"
"Very gay."
"Excuse me-"
"So gay."
"I'll have you know-"
"The gayest."

or this gem "You can make it out to F*** You, and then deposit it up your arthritic sphincter."

I love Liam. He's the best. He brought a whole bunch of humor into this story and it was great.

If you love Pride and Prejudice , you'll love this story. At least i hope you enjoy it as much as i did. If you have never read Jane Austen then you should still read this because it could very well be a new classic.

I cannot wait to read more of AJ Michaels.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Cute idea, but I wish it hadn’t followed the original quite so closely 27. August 2014
Von Charly T. Anchor - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 6/10

PROS:
- The ways in which the classic characters have been updated for the modern age are amusing at times. My favorite is Mr. Wickham, who reminded me of the affable-but-untrustworthy characters often played by British actor/musician Russell Brand.
- Some of the snark and the back-and-forth between Liam and Charlotte and Jamie is entertaining.
- I enjoyed the descriptions of all of the opulent places the characters visit.

CONS:
- For most of the book, the story mirrored Pride and Prejudice TOO closely for me. In particular, I found the exactness of the characters’ names (Charlotte, Bennett, Bingley, etc.), as well as that of place names such as “Netherfield House” to be distracting.
- Some scenes simply don’t translate well to a modern story. For example, there’s an important scene in which a rather atrocious character shows up unexpectedly to visit the main character, and the pomp and circumstance with which the visitor expects to be treated are both offensive and amusing. In this updated version, that scene falls flat because it’s a brief phone call rather than a personal visit.

Overall comments: I liked the characters here, but I’m honestly not sure it’s fair to give the credit for that to Michaels. The story resembles the original Pride and Prejudice so closely at times that we’re really just seeing reincarnations of Austen’s characters here. The times when the story goes off-script, so to speak, are the most fun; I wish there had been a few more of them.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen It is a truth universally acknowledged that true classics cannot be improved upon. 3. August 2014
Von Havan_IronOak - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
However sometimes they can be updated and adapted (bent?) and enjoyed all over again in a different form - first I must say that Pride and Prejudice is one of my all-time favorite books and I'm very very familiar with all the major plot points. I've read the book repeatedly and have seen the BBC version of the story a score of times with the later version featuring Keira Knightley at least a dozen times as well.

When I learned that there was an m/m version set in modern times, I simply HAD to read it. But I was as ready for disappointment as I could be. How does one update the ultimate "chick-lit" classic about regency era women's property rights and marriage without mangling it irreparably?

This book does it! While it will never be as great as the original on which it's based, it is a fun new twist on many of the story elements for true fans, if not for Austen purists. It's clear that the adaptation was done in a loving and clever manner... and with no zombies!

The five Bennet sisters become the five Bennet brothers with Jaime and Liam as the two oldest rather than Jane and Lizzie. And when Bingley Corporation rents nearby Netherfield Hall for a cocktail reception/product unveiling party, the fun is on. But this homage to the original is more than just names and plot points. Yes, Jamie Bennet does get an internship at Bingley Corporation. When one learns that Jamie is the only "out" Bennet brother, one has to laugh as one ponders just how much differently the term "out" was once used.

The one character that has seemingly changed the least is Lady Catherine de Bourgh, but then would anyone who knows P&P expect that crusty old harridan to be changed by only a century and a half? Just as her confrontation with Lizzie in the original is epic, her face-off with Liam is gut-wrenchingly funny.

Charlotte and Mr. Collins have their moments as Wickham and the youngest Bennet, now renamed Nathan. Even Georgiana has her part to play but her role has morphed the most.

This book will not be to everyone's taste. (I'm sure that the Austen purists will hate it) But for me it was fun romp through familiar environs and fresh way to enjoy a favorite classic. I suggest that you read it and dedide for yourself.
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