In honor of Valentine’s Day I wanted to post some recommendations that build upon the work of Jane Austen, the woman responsible for (in my humble opinion) one of literature’s greatest couples Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett.
Released last year, Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld is part of The Austen Project–a series of modern retellings of Jane Austen. In Eligible Sittenfeld tackles my favorite Austen novel Pride and Prejudice. Despite the scathing review from the NY Times, I enjoyed this novel tremendously and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, light read that will find you just as frustrated and invested in the stubborn protagonists as you were when reading the original.
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding is also an update on Pride and Prejudice, starring the sassy, self-deprecating, and often hilarious protagonist Bridget Jones.
Also part of The Austen Project is Val McDermid’s take on Northanger Abbey. Read this if you want to laugh at the antics of a teenage girl with an overactive imagination. Though one of her less polished works, Northanger Abbey was perfectly suited to update and McDermid’s reimagining is wonderful.