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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  4,406 ratings  ·  273 reviews
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a large ego must be in want of a woman to cut him down to size...

When journalist Jasmin Field lands the coveted role of Elizabeth Bennet in a one-off fundraising adaptation of Pride and Prejudice she discovers that the play's director, Hollywood heart-throb Harry Noble, is every bit as obnoxious as s
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Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by Arrow Books (first published January 6th 2000)
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Melindam
Originally published as Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field this was the very first modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice I read. I rather liked the book at the time and gave it 4 stars, but on re-reading it for the 2nd time, I had to downgrade.
The story is still entertaining and quite well-adapted, but a bit too obvious. We do not only have the modern counterparts of all major P&P characters, but they are also chosen to play in a theatre adaptation of the very novel for charity, cast into
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Snark and Drama!

Jasmin Field knows she is no actor; she is a journalist for a woman’s magazine. But on a lark she decides to tag along with her sister (who is an actress) to an audition for a fundraising adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. But just before her audition she overhears the play’s director – the great and famous actor, Harry Noble – refer to her as an “Ugly Sister.” In response, Jazz (as she is known to her friends) gives him a rendition of Elizabeth Bennet refusing Mr. Darcy’s first
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Sophia
I have been meaning to try this author for so long, but just needed the right push to get on with it. #Romance-opoly challenge and Austenesque Lovers TBR challenge continue to inspire me this year to read more books languishing on my shelves.

So, Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field, a classic retelling within a modern retelling. Yes! We have a play adaption of Jane Austen's P&P acted for a charity event with the players' lives mimicking art in this one. It is set in London and follows the life
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Kelly
Boring, boring, boring. She didn't even /try/ to have any innovations on the plotline or the characters. I think she even stole some of the lines from the original book. Those she didn't she still attempted to sort of paraphrase in modern speak, very, very awkwardly. There was no independence of spirit here. Just a slavish, and very bad and insulting attempt at imitating Jane's plot. And boiling it down to its simplest and most brainless parts. ie: the two romances, with none of the interesting ...more
Lynn Spencer
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This tale of jaded-journalist-meets-hunky-star is really a lot of fun. Jasmin Field finds herself roped in to audition for a charity production of Pride and Prejudice. Unexpectedly, she is cast as Elizabeth Bennett.

She is somewhat in shock about this since she pretty much let the director know she was not terribly impressed with him. And who is that director? None other than gorgeous, sought after film star Harry Noble.

This tale of a production coming together amidst Jasmin's career angst and t
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Nadja
Quick enjoyable read but I can only give two stars because..
..Jazz/Jasmin is so damn unpleasant! (even after realising her prejudiced mistakes she's still judgy and know-it-all)
..her failed friendship with Mo is simply sad and not okay
.."tasty" is NOT a word to describe a sexy human
..no big creativy here, P&P recycling all the way
..in the end everyone is partnered up and happyyyyy (not one single lady, oh my)
Gulen
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okuduğum çiklit tarzı kitapları burada görmesem tamamen aklımdan sileceğim; kendimi çiklite adadığım bir yaz tatili sırasında okumuştum. Eğlenceli idi, P&P'ye dair herşeyi sevme eğilimim olduğundan da sevmiş olabilirim tabi.
Stephanie
Dec 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a truth universally acknowledged, at least by this particular reader, that Jane Austen adaptions set against an English setting are infinitely more enjoyable than their Americanized counterparts. Although the setting of this particularly stunning modernization is not wholly the reason for my exuberant ardor of Pride, Prejudice, and Jasmin Field, it certainly did not diminish my fondness. I can say without fear of exaggeration that this novel is one of my most favourite Austen-inspired turn ...more
Marie
Jan 23, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This started off and it was a very luke-warm read. At one point I just thought that I wasn't even going to bother finishing it.

My initial problems with the book were a slow start and wooden characters in a storyline which was very predictable - well it is if you're at all familiar with Pride and Predjudice by Jane Austen.

The writing wasn't the best. The author would switch the point of view very randomly so you'd be in the main characters head, thinking what they are and then all of a sudden yo
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Saxon
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NO IT CANT BE OVER!!!!!! NOOOOOO!!!!! smh..... In simple words, I loved it. However, I can't even begin to describe how wonderful this retelling of P&P is and how much it made me feel. I'm absolutely smitten with these characters and can't stop smiling. This was exactly what I needed to get out of my reading "slump" as you could say. All I have to say is that I haven't been that dedicated and determined to find a spare minute to read a book as I have been with this
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Mitali
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, retelling
The blurb doesn't even begin to sum up this book. It's a lot deeper and tangled than it sounds up there. All for better.

The modern story retelling of Jane Austen’s classic ends in the same fashion. Lizzy and Darcy of this book, who are highly opinionated about each other, clear their differences and fall in love.

Like Darcy, Harry Noble seems like a man who thinks too highly of himself. And like Lizzy Bennet, Jasmin Field is prejudiced and hates him the minute she sets eyes on him. Their initial
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P.D.R. Lindsay
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, favourites

Now this is a clever book. Take a look at the prologue and epilogue. This is play within a play within a play and great fun.

I don't go for chick lit type stuff usually but my friend, who persuaded me that Jo-Jo Moyes is more than a fluffy, candy floss read, sent me this. 'It's funny and clever,' she said. She's right.

Bright, up and coming journalist, Jasmine Field, has her own column in a good magazine. She and her actress sister are invited, because of their fame, to audition for a charity per
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Gretchen
This book was fun and unusual! This book had a Pride and Prejudice in a Pride and Prejudice. The main character is Jasmin Field is your Elizabeth Bennet, she is a tabloid journalist who is chosen to play Elizabeth Bennet in a one night play that combines amateur and professional actors that is directed by an arrogant actor who directs named Harry Noble who is your Mr. Darcy who ends up in his own play as Mr. Darcy. Everyone is in it Jasmin's pretty sister George who falls in love with the nice g ...more
Sarah
Aug 01, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Predictable adaptation of P&P with unnecessary amounts of casual sex. Not to be prudish, but part of the allure of the original is the unnamed sexual tension between the different pairings; and despite it's lack of open sexuality, the original remains one of the most romantic books -- ever. This author didn't tap into that vibe, perhaps assuming that mysterious tensions and morality of yesteryear should be replaced with the present morality. Unfortunate assumption and shallow, unoriginal ada ...more
Michelle
Mar 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
SPOILER ALERT

I should have read the jacket before choosing this novel. It's entirely predictable because the plot parallels PRIDE & PREJUDICE. I love Miss Austen's story, but I can only reread variations of it so many times.

The novel has some cute one liners; otherwise, it isn't in the same league as the original (yes, this argument can be made because the plot is the same). The worst part of this story is that the characters are doing a stage version of P & P but they never make the co
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Anna
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Georgiana 1792
RECENSIONE DELLE LIZZIES

LizzyS: Jasmin è la mia Bridget!
LizzyGee: Negli anni 2000 Pemberley si trasforma in un palcoscenico
LizzyP: Luci della ribalta


LizzyS: Inoltrarmi in un altro esempio di chick-lit, che non ho mai amato, è stata durissima. Dopo la piccola delusione con la maggiore esponente del genere, sua maestà Helen Fielding con l'icona Bridget Jones, temevo molto questa lettura.
E all'inizio i miei timori sembravano confermati. LizzyP: (All'inizio, anch'io condivisi questa perplessità, se
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Ahnya
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jazz is a columnist for a women's magazine in London. Harry Noble is the most famous actor in Britain, and is directing a play for charity where the "big name" actors are going to be the audience. He wants to use non-actors, or somewhat unknown actors as the characters in his production of "Pride and Prejudice." Jazz decides to audition for fun along with her sister Georgia, and best friend Mo. She manages to win the lead role of Lizzy Bennett, her sister is playing Jane, and Mo wins the role of ...more
Milliebot
3.5?

This review and others posted over at my blog.

This book is like a production of Pride and Prejudice wrapped in a modern retelling and the characters are very on the nose. As everyone is introduced, you can tell what part they’ll land in the production. Jasmin, our Lizzie, does have a moment or two when she thinks about her life paralleling that of Lizzie’s, but I had to wonder that she didn’t feel it more often. Maybe that’s too meta, but the characterization was so on-the-nose for people
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Emily
Nov 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
there is absolutely no way an actual real-live woman wrote this. definitely a man pretending to be a woman
Holly
Mar 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Holly by: Janice, Ari
Jasmin “Jazz” Field is a snarky, thirty-something British journalist who is happy to be single. Her beautiful and sweet sister George may go from admirer to admirer, but Jazz doesn’t need a man to make her feel complete. She’s content living with her fussy best friend Mo, writing her weekly column about the “perfect” life of her have-it-all married sister Josie and wittily criticizing everyone she meets. So when auditions for a charity production of Pride and Prejudice are opened to the public, ...more
Victoria
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely predictable romance in a modern version of Pride and Prejudice whilst they’re rehearsing an AmDram play of same name. A warm blanket of a book!
Hannah
I had convinced myself before reading this book that I would only give it two stars based on the cover and concept, but surprised myself by liking it more than I thought I would. I'm going through books that people have given me and actually reading them now that I have the time, so this was another on the "laundry list." It's a modern spin on Pride and Prejudice, where the protagonist, Jazmin (or Jazz; she even has a nickname like Elizabeth Bennett does [Lizzy:]! Meticulous attention to detail, ...more
Chachic
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: retelling
Originally posted here.

Jasmin Field, known as Jazz to her friends, loves observing other people and criticizing them if they don't live up to her standards, a trait that is perfect for her job as a journalist. When she gets invited to audition for an on-stage production of Pride and Prejudice for the benefit of cancer patients, she decides to go because it's a great opportunity to scrutinize other people. Plus, she'll get the inside scoop on some actors, especially big-time Oscar-winner Harry No
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Sabine
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jasmin Fields ist die mittlere von drei Töchtern und arbeitet als Journalistin für ein Frauenmagazin, wo sie eine regelmäßige Kolumne schreibt deren Star ihre jüngere Schwester Josie ist, die glücklich verheiratet und Mutter eines 2jährigen Jungen ist. Ihre ältere Schwester George ist Schauspielerin. Die Geschichte beginnt damit, dass Jazz und George zum Vorsprechen für ein Benefiztheaterstück eingeladen sind, dessen Aufführung der berühmte und oscarprämierte Schauspieler Harry Noble plant: Stol ...more
Karen Powell
This is a delightful book that I find myself turning to again and again when I need some lighthearted romantic humor while soaking in the tub. Though the novel is geared towards Austen's fans, it stands on its own. Jasmine Field takes Elizabeth Bennett's feistiness to a modern level, rendering a character you can both associate with and love. [return][return]Jasmine, delightfully self-assured with both her weight and her wit, is a writer for a women's magazine hoping to pen better things when sh ...more
Namratha
I have just discovered the magic of late author Melissa Nathan. After a rea-ealllly long time, it’s nice to finally sink my teeth into a chick-lit read that incorporates all the key elements, is loaded with peppy dialogue and is refreshing within a mould that rarely gets broken.

What first attracted me to this book was the funky almost art-deco cover-art. Secondly, I read the first line of the blurb which went
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a large ego
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Melissa Nathan had written The Nanny before this novel and it was published in 2003. I had read the previous Melissa Nathan book and fell in love with her type of writing because the books are such easy reading.

We meet Jazz who is a journalist but she takes on the lead in a play even though she isn't an actress. The man running the production is the famous Harry Noble who everyone seems in awe of, all except Jazz. She manages to get herself in all sorts of trouble and is determined to make him s
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Jai
Oct 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of those modern day retellings of Pride and Prejudice. Jasmin Field (Jazz) is a reporter at a woman's magazine who signed up for an audition for a one day "Pride and Prejudice" play, with director Harry Nobel. She finds Harry really arrogant and her contempt is cemented when she overhears him calling her "the Ugly Sister" compared to her actress sister George. What follows is a parallel of the Pride and Prejudice, which is very obvious considering the play and the title of the b ...more
Sheri
Aug 23, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pride, Prejudice and jasmine Field (Melissa Nathan)

A fun read. Jasmine Filed is a journalist for a well know Ladies magazine in England. She takes on a project to try out for the local play, Pride and Prejudice, all proceeds go to charity. The cast is made up of some famous actors, but mostly other known people in the arts. The director is famous actor Harry Noble, immediately they clash. She is determined to do her best, and to succeed as a professional journalist no mater what obstacles she fa
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Melissa Jane Nathan (13 June 1968 – 7 April 2006) was a journalist and UK author of popular "chick lit" novels in the early 2000s.
When working on Persuading Annie (2001), Nathan was diagnosed with breast cancer. She refused to let the illness dominate her life, and - in public anyway - was unfailingly positive. She had no time for most journalism written by cancer sufferers: "self-indulgent dirges
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“I'm going to be fit and slim and beautiful. I'm going on a diet as of today."
"Why? You've always said that looks don't matter and women only diet for men and life is obsessed with the superificial."
"Yes, I know, but then I thought, hey wouldn't it be fun to be sexy?”
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“Hi," (cough), "my name is Jasmin Field. I'm a journalist. So don't piss me off. Ha ha. And um - well, I can't really act. Ha ha." No one laughed.” 4 likes
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