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I have said before that I would not be reading about Jane Austen zombies,  but as it turns out, I have been reading about Jane Austen shape-shifters.

I don’t read enough science fiction and fantasy to know what category this book would fall into, but I just finished reading Pride and Platypus by  Vera Nazarian .  This is one seriously weird version of Pride and Prejudice.  Apparently gentlemen in Regency England turn into different animals every month during the full moon.  Like werewolves.  It reminded me of the trailer for Teen Wolf with Michael J. Fox.  I never saw that movie but have thought that it could be amusing if watched under the right circumstances.

The animals Ms. Nazarian chose to have the male characters turn into were remarkably funny and insightful.  Wickham was a wolf, of course, but I won’t give any more spoilers.

Funny.  Weird.  A little rude.  Other than strange editorial notes highlighting the difference between Regency era language usage and modern slang, I don’t remember anything vulgar.

Part of me can’t believe I read the whole thing.  But it did make me laugh.

This is what happens when you download samples onto your Kindle.   I read a bit and wanted to find out what animal Mr. Darcy morphed into.

I hope Jane and I can still be friends.

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Sometimes I feel like I’m the last person to know about things in popular culture.


I just spent about an hour, watching various episodes of the Lizzie Bennet diaries.  There are 100 episodes about 6 minutes long that aired on YouTube, starting in 2012.  I haven’t watched all of them — I tried to get a few key points. I liked Bing Lee, the Asian-American medical student.  I saw one episode where he is taking care of Jane, who has a cold.  He was sweet and smart and funny.  Endearing.


I am impressed with the creativity of the project.  Some of the modernization of the story is very clever.  Does it all work or make sense?  Probably not.  In a similar vein, I also liked Lost in Austen, although I wish I could edit out about 5 minutes of vulgarity.


English: Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. Austen, Jane. Pr...

English: Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. London: George Allen, 1894, page 5. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But I’ll admit it — I love Pride and Prejudice in almost every form.  I love the arrogant man and the judgmental woman being annoyed with and fascinated by each other. I love watching these two characters dance around their growing attraction.  I love the fact that they both become better, wiser people, and they are rewarded with a  happily ever after.


Pride in Prejudice is my favorite novel, and I am pleased that it is still being read 200 years after it was written.


Ah, Jane Austen,  you were a genius.




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