It is a truth universally acknowledged that every Janeite has an opinion on Jane Austen-inspired fan fiction, whether the Janeite prefers contemporary reboots, Regency retellings, or prequels or sequels exploring the secondary characters of Austen’s original works.
Join JASNA-NJ on Saturday, March 19th at 2pm for a discussion of three fan fiction books inspired by Jane Austen’s beloved classic Pride and Prejudice.
The Heiress: Revelations of Anne de Bourgh by Molly Greeley. Anne de Bourgh, the sickly and sheltered daughter of Lady Catherine de Bourgh of Pride & Prejudice, from a fresh, new perspective. What if Anne took control of her health and her life and ventured down a different path than the one set by her mother?
While Anne doesn’t speak a single word in the original text (very unusual for an Austen character who is physically present), Greeley’s book explores drug use, queer sexuality, and other hidden areas of Anne’s life that may have been bubbling beneath the surface.
The Bennet Women by Eden Appiah-Kubi adapts Pride & Prejudice to a current-day women’s dormitory at Longbourn University where three friends focus on academics and their future careers but also make time for romance.
Think A Different World with a sprinkling of Austen!
A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole. Selected as one of the New York Times 100 Notable books of 2018, the story follows the lead character, Naledi, as she reluctantly meets then falls in love with her very own Prince Charming.
Can Naledi’s suitor Prince Thabiso overcome the bad First Impression he made of sending a truly disastrous spammy-sounding email to a prospective bride?
You may read one, two or all three books if you like – we will discuss them all!
Register here! We look forward to seeing you!