Pride and Prejudice Continued
July 29, 2015 2:56 PM   Subscribe

I'm home sick today and need something to occupy my brain so I'm looking for recommendations of Pride and Prejudice continuations.

I don't mind if they're on the internet or available as an ebook. Physical books are out as I don't plan on leaving the house.

I'm looking for stories that are reasonably in character and don't have glaring anachronisms. I would prefer them to be PG but if it's an otherwise good book then I'll take any rating.

My own recommendation is A Constant Love and it's sequel by Sophie Turner.
posted by poxandplague to Writing & Language (26 answers total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
Are you okay with fanfiction that haven't gone through a traditional publisher? Also, what about modern retellings of P&P?
posted by blithers at 3:01 PM on July 29, 2015

I loved Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James; as a bonus, the miniseries is a wonderful adaptation and is currently streaming on Netflix.
posted by deliriouscool at 3:12 PM on July 29, 2015 [13 favorites]

Seconding deliriouscool. Death Comes to Pemberley is wonnnnderful. I loved the casting. Jenna Coleman is particularly good as Lydia and I really liked the artistic choices Anna Maxwell Martin made as Elizabeth.
posted by mochapickle at 3:42 PM on July 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

Many years ago, I read Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife which is definitely a "sequel" to Pride and Prejudice. I remember mostly enjoying it, though parts of it were quite filled with misery. It's not rated too highly on Goodreads, so YMMV.
posted by ethidda at 3:50 PM on July 29, 2015

I quite enjoyed Elizabeth Aston's Mr. Darcy's Daughters, which is available as an e-book.

Seconding PD James' Death Comes to Pemberley.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 3:52 PM on July 29, 2015

I didn't read Death Comes to Pemberly but watched it on Netflix. Liked it a lot, and bonus points for the completely logical plot point that Mr. Darcy is actually rather difficult to live with.
posted by BlahLaLa at 3:53 PM on July 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

Fan fiction is fine. I don't mind modern retellings.
posted by poxandplague at 4:05 PM on July 29, 2015

Oh, lovely. I have some bookmarks to P&P fanfiction I've liked here, along with brief notes about what I liked about each story.

Two (longer) stories that I think you might particularly enjoy:

The Fourth Estate by catie56 is a really fun, novel-length retelling of P&P where Elizabeth is a professor at a local university and Darcy is an aloof Hollywood star. It's a light and charming read that draws interesting parallels with the original work and has some insightful things to say about celebrity culture and media at the same time.

Happenstance by Abby B is a long, canon-divergent retelling of P&P where Lizzy and Darcy for forced to wed early on and have to deal with their issues in the context of already being married. By the time they start to work things out it feels so earned, it's really just so romantic and satisfying. Sorry about the terrible bright red/pink background on the website though: I eventually copied the text out of the webpage when I read it so my eyes wouldn't go crazy. It's worth it.

I agree with the many above recommendations for Death Comes to Pemberley (both the book by P.D. James and the miniseries, although I personally liked the miniseries better).

Also, if you're interested in another filmed option: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a fantastic YouTube webseries of Pride and Prejudice - the conceit is that Elizabeth Bennet is a modern day vlogger, and tells the story of her life in approximately 5-10 minute chunks. Here's a complete playlist of the entire series, including filmed content that wasn't on the main channel. Here's a playlist of just Lizzie's vlogs, if you want to watch just the main episodes. It's very charming - I love it and highly recommend it. (Also, there's great fanfiction specifically for the Lizzie Bennet Diaries - I'll quickly mention this particular story - if you find you enjoy it!)

Hope you feel better soon!
posted by blithers at 4:17 PM on July 29, 2015 [10 favorites]

Fan fiction is fine. I don't mind modern retellings.

Oh! Bridget Jones's Diary is on Netflix this month. It's rated R but it was my favorite sick-day movie for a long time. The movie's glaring anachronisms are a big part of the fun.
posted by mochapickle at 4:31 PM on July 29, 2015

I really love Shannon Hale's Austenland books -- Austenland and the sequel, Midnight in Austenland -- which are set in Pemberley Park, a high-end immersive Jane Austen vacation experience for modern women. Very funny, and not explicit. The first one is the Pride & Prejudice send-off, and the second is more Gothic.
posted by pie ninja at 4:44 PM on July 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

Pamela Aidan has a series of three books that follow the events of Pride and Prejudice from Darcy's perspective. Book 1 - An Assembly Such as This: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman
posted by cessair at 5:08 PM on July 29, 2015 [2 favorites]

Lost in Austen is wonderfully fun.
posted by Specklet at 5:10 PM on July 29, 2015 [2 favorites]

I really love Bridget Jones' Diary as a modern-day retelling. I've read the book and watched the movie several times since it came out, and they've both actually held up quite well IMO.

Seconding Specklet--Lost in Austen is a lot of fun.

And like Lost in Austen, Laurie Viera Rigler's Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict and Rude Awakening of a Jane Austen Addict are fun Pride and Prejudice metafiction.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 5:34 PM on July 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

Hello, I'm pised and I'm a JAFF addict. (Seriously. I have a problem.) I mostly read online and don't buy a ton of books. I'll keep these recs only to continuations, not variations (of which I have many more) and on sites that don't require a log-in. Mostly PG, though a couple push boundaries tastefully.

Post-proposal/courtship fics:

Depths of Attachment - One of my very favourites. Beautifully written. Navigation is a bit tricky for this one so here are the subsequent pages: 2 3 4 5 6 7

Season of Courtship - Lovely.

Mr Darcy Steals a Kiss - Lots of fun; hilarious. Another fave.

Post-marriage fics:

The Final Indignity - From Caroline Bingley's perspective. Short.

And So, All Yours - post-wedding, with a non-explicit wedding night. Short.

Bruises - this one is interesting and angsty as hell, but wonderfully written. 10 years after their marriage, E is conked on the head and develops amnesia from D's first proposal on, unable to remember the rest of P&P, their marriage, their children, or the baby she's currently pregnant with.
posted by pised at 6:10 PM on July 29, 2015 [2 favorites]

Watched Austenland and was pleasantly surprised how good it was.
posted by just asking at 6:16 PM on July 29, 2015

You might enjoy Longbourn by Jo Baker -- P&P on the periphery of the every bit as romantic and dramatic lives of the servants.
posted by nonane at 6:25 PM on July 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

Seconding Longbourn! I particularly enjoyed the audiobook.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:26 PM on July 29, 2015

I came in to recommend Death Comes to Pemberley as well! I haven't read the book, but heard that it was good; the BBC miniseries is beautiful too.
posted by undue influence at 9:30 PM on July 29, 2015

I enjoyed Mr. Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange (and if you like it, she wrote one for each of the heroes). If you want to have a continuation for Mary Bennet, The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle was pretty good. Only Mr. Darcy Will Do by Kara Louise is an AU following what would happen if Mr. Bennet had died before Elizabeth and Darcy married. Abigail Reynolds has a number of of AU books.
posted by angelchrys at 10:15 PM on July 29, 2015

And for the love of God, do not watch the Austenland adaptations. The books are fun, but spare yourself the terrible film.

Stephanie Barrow has a rather nice series of Jane Austen mysteries in which the author is a bit too of the Dear Aunt mythology, but if you like your Jane that way, the mysteries are fun romps and delve into incidents in Austen's life quite well.
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 11:01 PM on July 29, 2015

If you want a hilariously different modern adaptation, watch Bride and Prejudice. Set in an Indian family, with small amounts of Bollywood-style music and dance, but not so much that it's overwhelming.
posted by aimedwander at 8:47 AM on July 30, 2015 [2 favorites]

Joan Aiken (of Wolves of Willoughby Chase fame) wrote sequels to Jane Austen's novels. Her Pride and Prejudice sequel is Lady Catherine's Necklace, which is available on Kindle or via GooglePlay.
posted by dlugoczaj at 9:31 AM on July 30, 2015

i'll write you harmony in c is a modern continuation of Pride and Prejudice from Mary Bennett's perspective.
posted by mollywas at 10:33 AM on July 30, 2015

Thanks for all the recommendations. I read a couple of them when I felt up to it and am now feeling much better.

I had read a lot of the retellings already and wasn't able to watch any of the Netflix recommendations due to the Australian Netflix not having a lot of it available.

I thought I'd list some of my favourites below. Available on unless otherwise stated :

Kitty, or Beaux Idéal by Eh Bien

A Constant Love: A Pride & Prejudice Continuation and A Change of Legacies by SophieTurner1805 (Available on Kindle too)

Love's Fool: The Taming of Lydia Bennet PemberleyFan (Available on Kindle too)

Mrs Drummond's School for Girls by TuesdayMorning423
posted by poxandplague at 2:16 AM on August 5, 2015

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posted by katemonster at 7:35 AM on August 8, 2015

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