10 Great Pride and Prejudice Retelling and Spinoff books

Pride and Prejudice is a classic! I have probably read the book about four (4) times and it never gets old… However, Jane Austen wrote this classic in 1813 and since then there have been many books written retelling this Classic (and many spin-offs too).  Below are some of the best Pride and Prejudice retelling and spinoffs books for your entertainment.   

If you have read any of them, let us know your thoughts… I personally want to read Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, but there are a few others I would love to read too.

1. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Publisher ‏ : ‎Quirk Books
Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 2009
Pages: 368
Format:  Hardcover, Paperback, ebook, and audiobook
Genre: Fiction /  Satire / Parody

This book is now a Motion Picture which premiered in 2016 and the short premise of the book is:

Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an audacious retelling of English literature’s most enduring novel. This expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem begins when a mysterious plague falls upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. It’s the perfect read for literature lovers, zombie fans, and anyone who loves a reanimated Austen.

2. Ayesha at Last: a Novel by Uzma Jalaluddin

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley
Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 2019
Pages: 366
Format:  Paperback, ebook, and audiobook
Genre:  Fiction / General and Cultural Humor

The Premise of the Book:

A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love. Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid, who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and who dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

When a surprise engagement is announced between Khalid and Hafsa, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.

3. Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House
Publication date: April 2016
Pages:  503
Format:  Hardcover, Paperback, ebook, Audiobook
Genre: Fiction / Humor and Comedy

The Premise of the Book

This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

4. Pride: A Pride & Prejudice Remix by Ibi Zoboi 

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Balzer + Bray
Publication date:	September 2018
Pages: 302
Format:  Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook
Genre:  Fiction /Teen and Young Adult

The Premise of the Book:

In a timely update of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic. A smart, funny, gorgeous retelling starring all characters of color. 

Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

5. Longbourn: a Novel by Jo Baker

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Vintage
Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 2013
Pages:  354
Format:  Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook
Genre: Fiction / Classic Historical

The Premise of the Book:

In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended. 

6. Mr. Darcy’s Diary: A Novel by Amanda Grange

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication date:	March 2007
Pages: 338
Format:  Hardcover, Paperback, and eBook
Genre:  Fiction / Historical European

The Premise of the Book:

Mr. Darcy’s Diary presents the story of the unlikely courtship of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Darcy’s point of view. This graceful imagining and sequel to Pride and Prejudice explains Darcy’s moodiness and the difficulties of his reluctant relationship as he struggles to avoid falling in love with Miss Bennet. Though seemingly stiff and stubborn at times, Darcy’s words prove him also to be quite devoted and endearing — qualities that eventually win over Miss Bennet’s heart. This continuation of a classic romantic novel is charming and elegant, much like Darcy himself.

7. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James 

Publisher ‏ : ‎Vintage
Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 2011
Pages: 306 
Format:  Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook
Genre: Fiction / Historical British and Irish

The Premise of the Book:

It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.
Then, on the eve of the ball, the patrician idyll is shattered. A coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister, who with her husband, the very dubious Wickham, has been banned from Pemberley. She stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. With shocking suddenness, Pemberley is plunged into a frightening mystery.

8. Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors: A Novel by Sonali Dev

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Publisher ‏ : ‎William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication date ‏ : May 2009
Where: Amazon, Barnes and Noble 
Format:  Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook
Genre: Fiction / Multicultural Comedy Drama

The Premise of the Book:
A It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep.

Dr. Trisha Raje is San Francisco’s most acclaimed neurosurgeon. But that’s not enough for the Rajes, her influential immigrant family who’s achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules:

·       Never trust an outsider

·       Never do anything to jeopardize your brother’s political aspirations

·       And never, ever, defy your family

Trisha is guilty of breaking all three rules. But now she has a chance to redeem herself. So long as she doesn’t repeat old mistakes.

Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha before, people who judge him by his rough beginnings and place pedigree above character. He needs the lucrative job the Rajes offer, but he values his pride too much to indulge Trisha’s arrogance. And then he discovers that she’s the only surgeon who can save his sister’s life.

9. An Assembly Such as This: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman by Pamela Aidan 
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Atria Books
Publication date ‏ : June 2006
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback, eBook, AudioCD
Genre: Fiction / Contemporary American

The Premise of the Book:
In An Assembly Such as This, Pamela Aidan finally answers that long-standing question. In this first book of her Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy, she reintroduces us to Darcy during his visit to Hertfordshire with his friend Charles Bingley and reveals Darcy's hidden perspective on the events of Pride and Prejudice. As Darcy spends more time at Netherfield supervising Bingley and fending off Miss Bingley's persistent advances, his unwilling attraction to Elizabeth grows—as does his concern about her relationship with his nemesis, George Wickham.

10. Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperTeen
Publication date ‏ : August 2011
Pages: 309
Format:  Paperback and eBook
Genre: Fiction / Teen and Young Adult Romance Comedy

The Premise of the book is:

Pride and Prejudice goes Hollywood in this winning romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s classic. In her teen fiction debut, the author of Knitting Under the Influence goes back to high school for a tale of sisters, misinformation, and star-crossed love. 

In this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting, not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in the way of true love for only so long.

Hope these books bring you some ideas for your next reading!

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