My love for Jane Austen’s classic Pride & Prejudice goes back a long way. I was one of those gangly, awkward preteens who had actual fancy-dress, big-hat, cucumber-sandwhich viewing parties for the 5 hour A&E mini series adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (yes, on 6 VHS tapes). One of my final papers in college discussed the role of nature in the more recent film adaptation staring Keira Knightly (because yeah. I got college credit for fangirling. Dreams come true). So when I heard about a retelling with Sasquatch and a broody prep boy, this was my approximate reaction:
I think that if Jane Austen were to come back to life, she would love the how far her story has gone too! Here’s the list of retellings I would recommend to her.
3 Awesome Pride and Prejudice Retellings
1. The Love Match by Priyanka Taslim
This new release is a team favorite, and for good reason! A delightful romcom that perfectly mixes To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Pride and Prejudice, The Love Match follows a Bangladeshi American teen whose meddling mother arranges a match to secure their family’s financial security—just as she’s falling in love with someone else. A love triangle, matchmaking, and ADORABLE romance? SWOON!
2. Pride and Prejudice and Pittsburgh by Rachael Lippincott
This retelling isn’t out until the fall, but we are SO excited about this one that we had to share! Pride and Prejudice and Pittsburgh is a sapphic period romcom that combines Bridgerton and Freaky Friday and follows a girl sent 200 years in the past to regency England to find love. Be sure to add this one to your TBR for later this year!
3. Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things by Betsy Alderedge and Carrie DuBois-Shaw
In Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things, Samantha, like Lizzie Bennet, has an embarrassing family. Unlike Lizzie Bennet though, her family isn’t trying to catch husbands, they’re trying to catch Sasquatch. Amazing right?
P.S. the judgy prep school fellow is a great Darcy.
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