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Pride and Promiscuity: The Lost Sex Scenes of Jane Austen

2.67  ·  Rating Details ·  338 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Pride and Promiscuity A brilliantly executed parody of Jane Austen's 'forgotten' sex scenes Full description
Hardcover, 146 pages
Published 2003 by Canongate (first published April 1st 2001)
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Sarah
Feb 23, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, who hasn't wanted to beat Mr. Collins with a riding crop?
Jenna
Ugh, this book was the worst. THE WORST. Curiosity and hope that it would be funny caused me to read it. But it was more cringe-worthy than funny. It is what it suggests: sex scenes involving Jane Austen's characters. And Jane Austen is now rolling in her grave. It's basically really bad fan fiction, and some of it is incredibly disturbing. The worst is a scene in which the Bingley sisters basically rape Jane Bennet. It's awful. Don't read this book.
Lauren
Jul 11, 2010 Lauren rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A friend loaned this to me because he thought it was hilarious. I was skeptical, but decided to give it a read. I made it through about a third of the book before I put it down, and I have no intention of picking it up again.

There are so many things that are very terribly wrong with this book. First, although the authors claim that they're familiar with Austen's voice and have preserved it perfectly, I beg to disagree. It's off, so very off, and painfully obvious. It reads more like fan fic writ
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Camille
Nov 03, 2014 Camille rated it liked it
This review and others posted over at my blog .

From the back of the book: In 2002, an amateur Jane Austen scholar, while staying at Hertfordshire estate, stumbled upon a hidden cache of manuscript pages and made an extraordinary literary discovery - lost scenes from Jane Austen's novels that reveal an altogether different dimension of her oeuvre.

This book, much like The Princess Bride, would have you believe that it's contents are legitimate; except that William Goldman really tricked me into
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
The idea behind this book is really fun but the way it is written is so unoriginal, so unlike Austen! The dialogues definitely lacked Austen's wit, fast pacing and precise writing. What I found particularly amazing was what Elsa A. Solender (President of the Jane Austen Society of North America) had to say about this book:"A wickedly funny collection of X-rated parodies of Jane Austen's fiction…echoing her incomparable style with astonishing fidelity" Astonishing fidelity? I'm wondering if we re ...more
Beth
Feb 24, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collections
Mostly it's good fun and occasionally quite sweet. This is one of the few times I've believed in a romantic connection between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. I think it could stand to be less teasing and more explicit, but I enjoyed it.
GR
Aug 17, 2007 GR rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is hillarious. It gives a completley different look into Jane Austen's mind. Even if it's not real (I haven't made up my mind on that) it's totally worth it.
Tahleen
Mar 23, 2009 Tahleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny-books
This book was amazing. Graphic but yet still managed to be proper. It was pretty hilarious esp if you've read all the books. I think the pictures and their captions were the best parts.
Sarah
Dec 27, 2009 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A better parody than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but that's not saying much.
Sophia
Sep 09, 2012 Sophia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pride and Promiscuity was recommended as a funny read by a member of a Goodreads group I’m in, so I thought I’d give it a try. I wish I’d never bothered.

The book assumes that the author has discovered a hidden cache of explicit scenes which were cut from all Jane Austen’s famous novels. Austen, we are told, was not the typical 19th century prudish spinster; on the contrary, she had a very active imagination and invented all sorts of sexual shenanigans for her characters, which only the horrified
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Carmen8094
Mi sono avvicinata a questo libro (che, ricordiamolo, è ancora uno dei pochissimi derivati austeniani ad essere stato tradotto in italiano) senza alcun pregiudizio: avrebbe potuto rivelarsi solo una dissacrante stupidaggine, o, al contrario, un omaggio sui generis alla grande scrittrice inglese -in fondo, in decine e decine di sequel o variation dei romanzi di Jane Austen vi sono scene in camera da letto, non necessariamente indelicate o irrispettose-.
Ma ho trovato il contenuto di questo librett
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Diptarup Ghosh Dastidar
May 26, 2016 Diptarup Ghosh Dastidar rated it really liked it
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Geeky Bookers - Ilaria
Adoro il formato! Ma non mi piace il libro...

Il punto forte di questo libro, per me, sono: i colori usati nella copertina, il formato e la rilegatura che mi piacciono tantissimo.
Peccato però per il contenuto. Non lo trovo in realtà terribile, anzi, mi ha fatto persino sorridere e l'ho trovato (solo) in certi punti divertente...però pensavo davvero fosse migliore, soprattutto nella scrittura imitativa dell'autrice che non mi è sembrata tanto simile.

Le 2 stelline e non 1 sono perchè:
1) come dice
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Marta Boksenbaum
I was disappointed by this book. I knew it was a parody and I thought it might be funny, however I don't think it was. And the thing that bothered me the most it that there is no indication anywhere on the book that this is a parody and not a real discovery of Austen's lost manuscripts. The Library of Congress Subject Headings in the publication data did say parody, but I feel like its disrespectful to Austen to pretend that this is all real. I'm usually cool with parodies and I'm surprised I fe ...more
Ellissa
Feb 15, 2016 Ellissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting to say the least. I found it in a bookstore today and the idea of it made me laugh so I picked it up secondhand.

The content is not terribly explicit but it certainly isn't G-rated. Many parts are not as well fitting with Austen as you would hope but it is nevertheless, at points, amusing. Definitely not something I would recommend to hardcore Austen fans or something I would suggest going to great lengths to attain but it does have a certain kind of appeal.

My full review can
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Nicole
I've only the read the chapters for the Austen novels that I have read so far (I will read the others once I have read the books) but I'm quite shocked. Who would have thought that Jane Austen had a mind like that. My very perfect image of the world of Austen has been somewhat shattered. I kind of find it hard to believe that Austen would write such sexually charged scences. It is not what I pictured the times to be like at all, very modern day. I was especially shocked at the Elizabeth and Darc ...more
Mirte
Jul 11, 2012 Mirte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very, very funny to read. Some scenes were written so well that they could actually fit into Austen's story quite well - like the scene in the boat between Anne and Mr Wentworth or the battle of dull subjects between Elizabeth and Mr Darcy. Other things were too ludicrous, though still hilarious. Definitely a good read for any Austen fan, for this is not an abomination but rather an homage to Austen's work. Haven't we all, in the end, imagined what those modest women would be like ...more
Marsha
In this slender little book are what appear to be the “naughty bits” left out of Austen’s witty little novels. Capturing Austen’s style impeccably, Ms. Eckstut has “found” hilarious, absurd and absolutely smutty bits that were supposedly left on the editing floor. For those who wished that Austen had put a little sex into her stories, here is one writer’s imaginative take on the subject. While I didn’t care for all the sexual vignettes (Charlotte of “Sense and Sensibility” remains gratingly anno ...more
Ape
Jan 22, 2011 Ape rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austenmania
I got this in the post today from a bookmoocher in the US. It's not a long book, so I have already read it this evening. It's a bit silly, but quite entertaining. You do need to know the Jane Austen stories, otherwise the characters and how these imagined sex scenes fit into the originals won't mean so much. To be fair, although this is humour, she's done a pretty good job with the language and style and picking up on what kind of perverse little traits some of the characters might have had, wer ...more
Dan Goodman
Mar 02, 2012 Dan Goodman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"In 1999, two amateur Jane Austen scholars staying at an English estate stumbled upon a hidden cache of manuscript pages and made the literary discovery of the century -- the lost sex scenes from Jane Austen's novels."

The idea was funny; the result isn't. I'm not a dedicated Austen reader; but the style is off enough that I noticed. (Note: the sex didn't interest me, but others might react differently.)
Noora
Aug 21, 2008 Noora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Noora by: Suvi
I think whether you enjoy this book kind of depends on if you (try to) think Austen wrote it. (That's not true for everybody, of course, but in my case at least.) I started reading it with the mindset that she did, which caused hilarity and shocked gasps and other such fun things, but that wore off and it just got a little bit boring - there is certainly better smut out there. The drawings were hilarious, though!
Sumi
Mar 14, 2008 Sumi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pride and Promiscuity is advertised as the 'lost sex scenes of Jane Austen'. After having read the book (which I blame on Lynne since she brought it to my attention), I can safely say that the lost sex scenes are still lost by today's standards of erotica.

Boring for the most part due to stylistic conventions, I will say that the chapter devoted to Charlotte and Mr. Collins and his need for 'discipline' was probably spot on.
Alethea White-Previs
Apr 25, 2016 Alethea White-Previs rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jane-austen
This novel pretends to be a collection of lost pages and chapters from Austen's works which show that she was entirely in touch with the sexual side of her couples. I have read this type of Austen spinoff before, but this book was very short and only briefly touched on the relationships in the novels before jumping into some intercourse scene. Everything was a bit too clipped for my taste. Fun enough, but certainly not something I would look at a second time.
dejah_thoris
It reads like what it is, Austen fanfic porn. It's framed as the missing naughty bits of various Austen novels with short intros to each. Knowledge of Austen probably helps, but isn't necessary. (It's been awhile since I read the originals and I managed to follow along). As erotica, they aren't great, just cute enough for a short romp.
Suvi
Aug 12, 2008 Suvi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with a good, very open sense of humor
This was a weird 'un. It was pretty funny, but at the same time it was risque (though not explicit in any way) enough to make me sort of feel guilty about finding it occasionally amusing. I do hope dear Ms. Austen isn't turning in her grave. In the end, the staccato feel of the book with it's too short scenes + the guilt make this a 2 star book for me.
Castiron
A mixed bag. Some of the stories were amusing; I'm particularly taken with the Charlotte/Mr. Collins story, which would make that relationship work much better for me if it were canon, and while I don't remotely buy the Frank Churchill story, the wordplay was entertaining. Others, well, ick. It was worth checking out from the library and reading once, but I'm not going to buy a copy.
penelopewanders
Feb 19, 2008 penelopewanders rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Here as a ring.
Well, the redeeming feature of the book was, I'm afraid, that it was over before it barely began. I have to join the crowd of journallers on bookcrossing, I'm afraid, who were not impressed. Fun idea, but that's about it. If I hadn't read it I would have remained curious and wanted to, so I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to do so.
Marte Patel
Feb 16, 2015 Marte Patel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
What an odd mix of fan fiction and humour! The writing tries to mimic Austen's, but doesn't quite succeed. The book is in places quite funny, but for the most part it's either cringeworthy or disturbing. The idea is fun, but it should have been better executed.
GONZA
Mar 23, 2014 GONZA rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Neanche la mia passione per Jane Austen può essere considerata una scusa per l'acquisto di questo inutile pamphlet che fa leva sulla pruderie di molti, presenti inclusi ovviamente.
Un libro di cui non si sentiva la mancanza.
Leslie Hickman
Mar 17, 2010 Leslie Hickman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE WITH A BRAIN!
The WORST BOOK EVER! Now that is a category! It was such a waste of paper and library funds in the purchase of this book. It is defintely NOT for Jane Austen fans! More like those who are SICK in the HEAD! If I could rate books in the negative then this book would have been rated as such!
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