203 Years Later, We Still Can't Get Enough of Pride and Prejudice

Posted by Hayley on January 28, 2016


January 28, 1813: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was published 203 years ago today. Two centuries later? Fervor hasn't died down. It remains one of the most beloved books in the world, and new adaptations—in book and film form—are coming this year.

What is it about Elizabeth and Darcy's story that is so timeless? To answer that question (or, more accurately, to indulge our Austen addiction), we took a look at some of the most popular books inspired by Pride and Prejudice. (Check out Listopia for a comprehensive list.)


Sequels
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife: Pride and Prejudice Continues
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Death Comes to Pemberley
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Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride
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Mr. Darcy's Daughters
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Retellings from a Different Perspective
Longbourn
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An Assembly Such As This
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Mr. Darcy's Diary
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Modern Updates
Bridget Jones' Diary
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Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice
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Prom and Prejudice
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Complete Reimaginings
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
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Darcy's Voyage: A Tale of Uncharted Love on the Open Seas
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Austenland
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Pulse and Prejudice
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So it's a truth universally acknowledged that—even if Darcy is a vampire, Lizzie needs a prom date, or both of them are murder suspects—the world can never have enough Pride and Prejudice. Is that a good thing? We leave it up to you to decide.

Are you looking forward to more Pride and Prejudice remakes and reinterpretations?

Yes! How shall I bear so much happiness?

No! Are the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted?



Why do you love Pride and Prejudice? (Or do you, like Mark Twain, just not get the appeal?) Let us know in the comments!


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message 1: by Mei (new)

Mei No, I wouldn't like any more remakes... All the today's movies producers make are remakes!!! With all the new, beautiful, interesting and intriguing books, is it possible that nobody want to make an original and new movie/series????!!!
Look at the popularity that Game of Thrones has!!!


message 2: by Iris (new)

Iris I love a good P&P interpretation or remake. Nothing beats a good ole fashioned love story. Sometimes they hit the mark (Bridget Jones and P&P&Z) and sometimes they fall flat so hard (An Assembly Such as This) but I'm pretty enthusiastic about each new release.

Original stories are fun too, but it's a gamble. You may not like the story. So I'm always happy to visit Austen in her classic or contemporary form.


message 3: by Megan (new)

Megan Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books, but I still haven't read any of the other sequels, re-imaginings or modern updates out there. I did, however, see the Bridget Jones's Diary film and loved it (and plan to read the book someday).

I'm of the opinion that the 2005 film version of P&P with Keira Knightley is perfection! I don't know how any other film version could top it. I may see P&P and Zombies, just because I love Lily James.


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm a young woman who listens to hip hop and electro pop, whose parents are Nigerian, and who generally despises the excessive use of comma's.

I LOVE THIS BOOK. It has been one of my favourites since I was around 11/12 years old. (Couldn't understand the fancy language at first, but it grew on me).

The wit is timeless, the characters are brilliantly drawn, their imperfections are just as relevant today and their interactions are a pleasure to follow. Elizabeth Bennett is one of my favourite heroines in literature. Yes, the sentences are long and much of the speech is reported in a passive manner, but the English isn't too difficult bordering ridiculous (*cough* Shakespeare *cough*). One of the few classic English novels fully deserving of its fame.


message 5: by Hasnamezied (new)

Hasnamezied I adore Bride and Prejudice so so much and I don't mind more remakes as long as they are very very good


message 6: by Samantha (new)

Samantha It's the original romcom! It made us all fall in love with Colin Firth in various forms as Darcy! It has all the wit and romance that makes us love Austen! A classic, to be sure.


message 7: by Bree (last edited Jan 28, 2016 09:39AM) (new)

Bree Megan wrote: "Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books, but I still haven't read any of the other sequels, re-imaginings or modern updates out there. I did, however, see the Bridget Jones's Diary film and..."

I read Bridget Jones's Diary:) I enjoyed it very much:) I also read Austenland and thought it was very cute.


message 8: by Iris (new)

Iris IAmBroke wrote: "I believe Austen adaptations have lost the point. Austen was never a romantic writer, nor are her characters (yes her writing is romantic but this has to do with the literary era she grew up with.)..."

I can partially agree. Her writing was a biting, witty satire of the time she lived in, but they are also stories of hope and love and I think the people choose to see that side of it because it's more fun and relatable.

(And for the record, Darcy is not my favorite Austen Hero. He's too brooding to be lovable.)


message 9: by Phoenix2 (new)

Phoenix2 Didn't know the Bridget Jones Diary was inspired by PnP good to know :)


message 10: by Hari (new)

Hari Brandl I'm totally with Mark Twain on this one.


message 11: by Tara (new)

Tara This was the first Austin book I ever read and I still love it till this day! 2nd favorite Persuasion least favorite Emma.
I read Death Comes to Pemberley (good) and can't wait to see the new movie.


message 12: by Tara (new)

Tara Phoenix2 wrote: "Didn't know the Bridget Jones Diary was inspired by PnP good to know :)"

I didn't either I just knew that Mr. Darcy was playing ... Mr. Darcy


message 13: by Kerri (last edited Jan 28, 2016 09:57AM) (new)

Kerri I can't recommend The Lizzie Bennet Diaries web series enough. It's clever and honors the original in a creative way. It's amazing. I also read the companion novel, The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet and loved that too. Austenland is great for any Jane Austen fan. It's funny, sweet, and a joy to read. I've read the original, seen the films, and I love modern adaptations.


message 14: by Alanah (new)

Alanah Megan wrote: "Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books, but I still haven't read any of the other sequels, re-imaginings or modern updates out there. I did, however, see the Bridget Jones's Diary film and..."

I'm with you on that! I'm in love with the 2005 version - Matthew Macfadyen is the perfect Darcy


message 15: by Joëlle (new)

Joëlle Oh Mr. Darcy ... you have bewitched me too!

I loved both Matthew Macfadyen and Colin Firth as Mr Darcy but Matthew just a little bit more :D


message 16: by Shellie (new)

Shellie Taylor I am totally cool with a new film adaptation every 10 years or so (that seems to be the trend). An edition where Richard Armitage plays Mr. Darcy? Sign. Me. Up.

I am NOT cool with an adaptation like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Jane Austen is rolling over in her grave right now because that whole concept is a disgrace.


message 17: by Aren (new)

Aren Lerner As an author myself, I would cry if people wrote so many spins on my stories that had nothing to do with what I intended by it. It's sacrilege, in my mind.

And the BCC Jennifer and Colin version movie is perfect, so I never care to watch another.


Joann H (Sshh!!! I'm reading) Megan wrote: "Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books, but I still haven't read any of the other sequels, re-imaginings or modern updates out there. I did, however, see the Bridget Jones's Diary film and..."

I watched the movie with knightley(loved it!) then read the book(didn't blow me away). Still P & P is one of my favorite stories of all time. I love good retellings of it


message 19: by Serewyn (new)

Serewyn Knightley as Elizabeth Bennett makes me want to puke.


message 20: by Robyn (new)

Robyn One of my favorite adaptations or reimaginings is a mini series called Lost in Austin. A modern day Jane Austin fan switches places with Lizzie Bennet.


message 21: by Amber (new)

Amber Martingale I don't get the appeal of ANYTHING written during the regency period, period.


message 22: by QNPoohBear (new)

QNPoohBear "Are the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted?" Lady Catherine is horrified at the thought of zombie hunters and so am I. I'm a purist and adore Jane Austen's own beautifully written words.


message 23: by Kay (new)

Kay J Robyn wrote: "One of my favorite adaptations or reimaginings is a mini series called Lost in Austin. A modern day Jane Austin fan switches places with Lizzie Bennet."

I loved thst mini series too.


message 24: by Kay (new)

Kay J Aren wrote: "As an author myself, I would cry if people wrote so many spins on my stories that had nothing to do with what I intended by it. It's sacrilege, in my mind.

And the BCC Jennifer and Colin version ..."


Best adaptation ever!


Latanya (Crafty Scribbles) Amber wrote: "I don't get the appeal of ANYTHING written during the regency period, period."

You're not alone.


Bookishnymph *needs hea* QNPoohBear wrote: ""Are the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted?" Lady Catherine is horrified at the thought of zombie hunters and so am I. I'm a purist and adore Jane Austen's own beautifully written words."


LOL :)


message 27: by Carrie (new)

Carrie I ❤️Colin!!!


message 28: by Heather (new)

Heather i loved this book. read it several times and own the movie with keira knightly and matthew mcfaden. austin is an amaiing author and i plan on owning all her books. I ahve read almost all. one of my favorite authors and in my opinion one of the greats that will continue to go down into history.


message 29: by Julianne (new)

Julianne I despise P&P. I've read it multiple times, hoping that as I got older I'd understand the appeal but that just hasn't happened. It bores me to death. I'm not a fan of Jane Austen or anything in this era, and even twisted, modernized remakes can't make this story interesting to me. No thanks!


message 30: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Huston I love P&P, enough to where I have read annotated editions, and several of the so-called sequels. P&P&Z was amusing but the rest of the monster mash-ups of JA just suck.


message 31: by Kimaya (new)

Kimaya Mathew Please no remakes. Leave the beautiful book as it is. Never went through these sequels or remakes myself, but yes, I like this book.


message 32: by Karla (new)

Karla I cannot say too much about Jane Austen, besides the fact that reading her novels made me a book addict. Which is a lot to say!


message 33: by Thilini (new)

Thilini Rankoth I just loved the book when I read it and I watched the movie adaptation depicted in the picture above. It created a beautiful picture in my mind and I would not like to lose it with more and more remakes of the same movie coming in.


message 34: by Joseph (new)

Joseph P&P is one of the best books I've read. I think it is weird that I bought the re-imagined version 'P&P&Zombies' first, because I like playing zombie video games and movies, due to which I wanted to read the original first to be able to appreciate P&P&Z. Now, I am reading other Jane Austen books and haven't read the P&P&Z yet.


message 35: by ade_reads (new)

ade_reads 203 years. Yeayy!!!
Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite book from my favorite author.

I found this, from USA Today, here are 10 reasons why the story of how proud, rich Mr. Darcy and pert, poor Elizabeth Bennet fall in love continues to win our hearts :

1. It’s the ultimate “happy ever after” tale.
2. It’s fun.
3. It’s the rom-com of all rom-coms.
4. Sex, lies and runaway teens.
5. P&P isn’t just “how to marry a millionaire, Regency style”.
6. Before the Kadarshians, there were the Bennets.
7. Back then, well-off people’s purpose really was to eat, drink and be merry.
8. Now, as then, we choose to see what we want.
9. Hypocrisy is always good for a laugh.
10. Technology might change, but human nature remains the same.

Can't wait to see the new movie. :)


message 36: by Timothy (new)

Timothy Knutson Pride and Prejudice spin offs and remakes are a small obsession of mine. I prefer the sequels to the retellings, and will always be on the hunt for the perfect P&P sequel, even though I will never find it. It's turned into a weird collection for me, on top my of Pride and Prejudice collection. This will always be my favorite book of all time, and though I have my issues with the rewrites, I will never say they shouldn't exist. Also, Colin Firth will ALWAYS be how I imagine Darcy. I hated the Knightley version, but the BBC series, as well as the youtube series Diary of Lizzy Bennet to me are perfection. And if anyone can recommend a P&P redo or sequel that they liked, please do tell.


message 37: by Dana Al-Basha (new)

Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا I'm rereading Pride & Prejudice again as we speak... Miss Austen will ever be one of my favorite authoress and her novels among the best I've ever read. I LOVE remakes and adaptations.... it makes for a great collection in both movies and books and for greater marathons.


message 39: by Emma (new)

Emma Timothy wrote: "Pride and Prejudice spin offs and remakes are a small obsession of mine. I prefer the sequels to the retellings, and will always be on the hunt for the perfect P&P sequel, even though I will never ..."

It's my favourite book too and I've read it so many times that one of my physical copies is falling apart.

Whilst I have huge issues with the 2005 film I don't hate it, although the BBC mini-series and the Lizzie Bennet Diaries + companion books are certainly my favourite out of all the adaptations. I think that if the adaptations open up the story to a variety of audiences, especially to the extent of the LBD, then there's no issue in re-adapting the story in different ways.


message 40: by Francesca (new)

Francesca Shellie wrote: "I am NOT cool with an adaptation like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Jane Austen is rolling over in her grave right now because that whole concept is a disgrace. "

Maybe she's just rolling around in her grave because she wanted to have a cameo role as one of the zombies and is pissed off that she can't because her coffin was built too well for her to bust out of it.


message 41: by Francesca (new)

Francesca I have yet to read any of Jane Austen's work (although I'm reading my first book of hers this year and I plan on reading the rest of her work in the near future as well) but, in general, I'm a big fan of retellings, re-imaginings, and adaptations. I read Bridget Jones' Diary last year and absolutely hated it so sometimes adaptations can be terrible (although I did enjoy the movie of BJD) and I don't deny that, but a lot of them can be very fun, entertaining, interesting, and in some cases very good. Clueless is a fantastic film, and although I have yet to read Emma (although I have selected it as my first Austen book) I've heard that it's a very good adaptation even with the glaring differences.

Plus, many authors have had their work retold and sometimes it works really well. Look at The Lion King. It's an adaptation of Hamlet and it's probably one of the most well regarded animated movies (and movies in general) of all time. Rightly so, too, because it's fantastic. 10 Things I Hate About You is also a very well regarded movie and that's an adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew. So I'm all for it. Some might turn out terribly, but you also get great ones.


message 42: by Courtney (new)

Courtney I haven't actually read Pride and Prejudice but I really want to and I think that all the remakes of it are simply brilliant...although I may have completely different thoughts on it at a later stage, that's what I think at the moment.

Can't wait for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - I think that will be great.


message 43: by Caroline (new)

Caroline How can anyone better the original book.
On a different note,who could be better than Colin Firth as the moody Mr Darcy!!


message 44: by Gin (new)

Gin Tadvick Iris wrote: "IAmBroke wrote: "I believe Austen adaptations have lost the point. Austen was never a romantic writer, nor are her characters (yes her writing is romantic but this has to do with the literary era s..."

So .... who is you favorite Austen Hero?


message 45: by Vera (new)

Vera Conceição P&P adaptations are like sex.
Even when they're bad, they're good.

I know, i know... Not really. But i don't mind reading them even if it's only to say: "Nop. Not good."

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message 46: by Anuradha (last edited Jan 29, 2016 05:47AM) (new)

Anuradha Why are we talking about remaking this? The book was perfect. The movie was perfect...


message 47: by Susan (last edited Jan 29, 2016 06:05AM) (new)

Susan hate this book with a passion. Will not read any of her other drivels. Jane Austen is 18th c. Stephenie Meyer


message 48: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Wormald I love P&P and read the book after I started watching the BBC adaptation (I wanted to make sure it was a happy ending). I'm not sure remakes and other adaptations will ever live up to that first experience for me but I'm more than happy for them to be done so others can have their own first experience that brings them to the original book.


message 49: by Karin (new)

Karin Shellie wrote: "I am totally cool with a new film adaptation every 10 years or so (that seems to be the trend). An edition where Richard Armitage plays Mr. Darcy? Sign. Me. Up.

I am NOT cool with an adaptation li..."


Would love that too. He was amazing in North and South by Elisabeth Gaskell. :)


message 50: by Kate (new)

Kate Beswick I can


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