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5 Jane Austen Retellings to Celebrate Her Life and Legacy

5 Jane Austen Retellings to Celebrate Her Life and Legacy

Jane Austen's novels are timeless classics that continue to captivate readers around the world. Her wit, charm, and insight into human nature have made her works beloved by generations of readers. But what makes Austen's novels truly remarkable is their ability to be reimagined and retold in new and exciting ways. In this blogpost, we'll look at five retellings of Austen's classic works that bring her stories to life in fresh and unique ways.

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

"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is a hilarious and irreverent retelling of Austen's classic novel. In this version, the Bennet sisters are not only looking for love and marriage, but also fighting off hordes of the undead. The novel's mix of Austen's romantic comedy and zombie horror is a surprising and delightful combination that will have you laughing and cringing in equal measure.

2. "Eligible" by Curtis Sittenfeld

"Eligible" is a modern retelling of "Pride and Prejudice" set in Cincinnati, Ohio. In this version, the Bennet sisters are all grown up and facing new challenges in the 21st century. The novel's witty and sharp-tongued characters are perfectly suited to Sittenfeld's modern voice, and the story's twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

3. "Emma: A Modern Retelling" by Alexander McCall Smith

"Emma: A Modern Retelling" is a charming and contemporary take on Austen's classic novel. In this version, Emma Woodhouse is a young woman living in contemporary England who decides to play matchmaker for her friends and family. McCall Smith's gentle and witty prose captures the spirit of Austen's original, while also bringing a fresh and modern perspective to the story.

4. "Northanger Abbey" by Val McDermid

"Northanger Abbey" is a thrilling and suspenseful retelling of Austen's classic novel. In this version, Catherine Morland is a young woman who becomes embroiled in a dangerous mystery while visiting an old friend in Edinburgh. McDermid's gripping and atmospheric prose will keep you on the edge of your seat, while also paying homage to Austen's original story.

5. "Longbourn" by Jo Baker

"Longbourn" is a fascinating and insightful retelling of "Pride and Prejudice" from the perspective of the Bennet family's servants. In this version, we see the events of Austen's classic novel through the eyes of Sarah, a young housemaid who has her own hopes and dreams. Baker's vivid and evocative prose brings the world of "Pride and Prejudice" to life from a completely new perspective.

 

Jane Austen's novels have had a profound and enduring impact on literature and popular culture. These retellings of her classic works demonstrate the power and versatility of her stories, and the ways in which they can be reimagined and retold for new generations of readers. Whether you're a die-hard Austen fan or a newcomer to her works, these retellings are sure to captivate and delight you.

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