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Kirsten  (kmcripn) | -1 comments Finished listening to Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie yesterday. A romantic ghost story inspired by Henry James' classic novella The Turn of the Screw.

Other books I've read (off the top of my head) inspired by classics were Megan Shepherd trilogy:

1) The Madman’s Daughter inspired by The Island of Dr. Moreau

2) Her Dark Curiosity inspired by The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

3) A Cold Legacy inspired by Frankenstein

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Kirsten  (kmcripn) | -1 comments LOL! I want to read Joanna Trollope's take on Sense & Sensibility. I really enjoyed Alexander McCall Smith's take on Emma: A Modern Retelling

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Kelly | 2 comments I've read numerous Pride & Prejudice sequels and retellings. Mr. Darcy's Diary (the events from his pov) Mr. Darcy's Daughter, which is a series. Pemberley, Mr. Darcy presents his bride, An Assembly Such As This. And many more! I just got one about Mary Bennet and another about Georgiana Darcy. I'm a little obsessed lol

They've gone up and down in quality. Mr. Darcy Presents his Bride & Mr. Darcy's Diary are probably my favorite. They've got nothing on the original of course but they're pretty good.

Least favorite was probably Death Comes to Pemberley. I love mysteries and P&P adaptation, but this just fell short. A mediocre mystery with out of character P&P characters

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Kirsten  (kmcripn) | -1 comments Have you read the Carrie Bebris books where Mr & Mrs Darcy investigate?

message 6: by Kelly (new)

Kelly | 2 comments Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated" wrote: "Have you read the Carrie Bebris books where Mr & Mrs Darcy investigate?"

I have not, but I will now. Thank you!

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Ariel (BookHermit) (noonchibookhermit) | 1 comments Revenge by Stephen Fry. It's based on The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas. Very clever!

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Emy (emyleest) | 19 comments I've read Death comes to Pemberley by P.D. James and Longbourn by Jo Baker, both inspired by Pride & Prejudice. LOVED the latter.

Oh, and Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz, inspired by the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle. It was very clever, loved it a lot.

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Kirsten  (kmcripn) | -1 comments I really want to read Longbourn!

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Kirsten  (kmcripn) | -1 comments Another book inspired by a classic is coming out:

No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts

From the NPR:

Fitzgerald Didn't Satisfy This Author, So She Wrote Her Own 'Gatsby'-Inspired Novel

"I loved it when I was a kid and read it for the first time. ... But subsequent readings, I felt like I'm seeing other things. I'm seeing all of these black characters — never thought about them before. I'm seeing the women and the tiny, tiny roles that they have in the book, and I want them to speak. I want to hear what they have to say."

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George P. | 1010 comments Mod
I'm reading Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 which is somewhat inspired by George Orwell's 1984. it's a very different sort of book though- there's no totalitarian government in it. Both novels are set in the year 1984.

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Mercedes (villadinorah) | 589 comments It's old news, but Wide Sargasso Sea is a response to Charlotte Brontë's treatment of Mr Rochester's 'mad' first wife, Bertha, in Jane Eyre.

message 13: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) | -1 comments I recently checked Pride by Ibi Zoboi out from my local library - like the name suggests, it is inspired by Pride & Prejudice.

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