Modern Renditions of Pride & Prejudice, Humor Edition

Lynne Kiesling

I’ve been reading, thinking about, and watching lots of Jane Austen lately, and I’ve found two funny renditions of my favorite book, Pride and Prejudice: Austenbook, a Facebook-style retelling of the story, and Pride and Prejudice in emoticons. I guffawed out loud in an unseemly manner ill befitting a lady, but I suspect that Ms. Austen would be highly amused if she were a part of our culture.

I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies yet, but the KP Spouse has, and he allows that he was excessively diverted by reading its rollicking, light juxtaposition of zombies into the story. He says that the author, Seth Grahame-Smith, does a very good job of using the essence of Austen’s language, and that it’s pretty obvious that Grahame-Smith used the 1995 BBC video version with Colin Firth (yum!) as the skeleton upon which he told the zombie story. I have, though, been enjoying A Truth Universally Acknowledged:
33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen
, a collection of essays on Austen. All of these are excellent diversions for a winter weekend.