Thursday, January 13, 2011

Prom and Prejudice - Elizabeth Eulberg

After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom.  Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn't interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be -- especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.

Lizzie is happy about her friend's burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles's friend, Will Darcy, who's snobby and pretentious.  Darcy doesn't seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it's because her family doesn' thave money.  Clearly Will Darcy is a pompous jerk -- so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?

Will Lizzie's pride and Will's prejudice keep them apart?  Or are they a prom couple in the making? - Amazon.com

This was a fun read, and a cute retelling of the Jane Austen classic, Pride and Prejudice.  Although I did enjoy it, it fell a little flat for me.  Obviously the story was bound to be a little predictable, if you've read Pride and Prejudice, but I felt that it was just a little too predictable.  It went beyond just a general parallel and became more like an exact duplicate.  I really felt the author could have done a little bit more with this and brought something new into the mix.

Although I liked the Lizzie character in this story, there was strength to the original Lizzie that I missed in this one.  This Lizzie seemed to let herself be bothered too much by the things around her, whereas the original Lizzie held herself rather above it and was able to keep it more in perspective, until the very last large event occurs that disrupts her entire family.

Similarly, Will Darcy seemed a little lifeless to me.  I would have liked to have known a little bit more about this character, his life, and his feelings.  I wanted to see some emotional reaction or get to know his inner workings a little bit better and see him more as a three dimensional character.

My favorite character in this retelling was Jane.  She seemed to fit the original Jane rather well, but the author actually improved on her a little bit and gave her a littie of her own strength that the original Jane didn't have.  I found this change refreshing and unique.  I felt the author brought something new into the character that was very appealing, while still holding true to the original.

I did enjoy reading this story, as it was cute and light-hearted.  I love this author and think she's enormously talented.  I can't wait until her next book comes out.  I would recommend this book to others, especially if they haven't read Pride and Prejudice before.  Overall, a very fun read.

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