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Pride and Promiscuity: The Lost Sex Scenes of Jane Austen

2.69 of 5 stars 2.69  ·  rating details  ·  288 ratings  ·  56 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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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.
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
I loved this little book, I've had it at the bottom of my shelf for ages - it's so quirky. It starts off with fictional letters from Jane Austen to her publisher and her sister about the editing of sexual scenes out of her books, and a modern Austen scholar finding the 'lost sex scenes' from the 6 completed books and the incomplete one.

The way the scenes are told actually fit into the story really well, for instance one describes a scenario informing the readers exactly Mrs Hurst and Miss Bingle
A better parody than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but that's not saying much.
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 t
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
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
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
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

A satire of Jane Austen which can be fun and I liked the stylized manner of thinking and speaking that was used. However, the sex scenes were also a satire of sex scenes which then made everything feel like slap stick.
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
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
Well, who hasn't wanted to beat Mr. Collins with a riding crop?
Apr 25, 2014 Jennifer rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not Even My Enemy's!
It is really zero stars. Don't waste your time!
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
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
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.
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!
Dan Goodman
"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.)
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.
Aug 12, 2008 Suvi rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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.
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.
Although this book is meant to be humorous, it was rather laughable at how awful and "un-austenesque" the scenes were. Anyone having read the Jane Austen novels would have a hard time stomaching this unless they had a few glasses of wine in them and nothing better on the bookshelf.
Leslie Hickman
Mar 17, 2010 Leslie Hickman rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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!
Jane Willis
I received my copy of this book from Good Reads. It was a nice light hearted read - not serious literature, not erotic fiction, just a lot of fun and a very clever and witty parody. An entertaining little book to idle away a couple of spare hours with.
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.
The book was pretty lame. I don't think fans would like it, and it isn't sharp enough for anti-fans (there are some, but they are afraid to form groups). Seemed very conventional, cliched, not all that funny except as a concept.
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.
Mar 28, 2007 Wendy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: 2007, austen, parody, fiction
The "lost" scenes demonstrate a good grasp of Austen's characters, her writing style, and of her time. Some of the scenes are better-executed than others, but generally I found the accompanying illustrations to be funnier.
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