30 Austen books (adaptations and retellings)
Unmarriageable

Unmarriageable

This contemporary Pride and Prejudice update is set in Pakistan, 2001, and features a modern day version of the family you know and love: the Binat family includes a sharp-witted father, marriage-obsessed mother, and five daughters. Despite the difference of centuries, it’s clear how women’s concerns are similar between Austen’s time and Kamal’s. Alysba teaches English, and in a fun opening scene she challenges her teenage students to reinterpret Austen’s famous opening line. Kamal uses her heroine’s profession—and accompanying love of reading—to explore themes of colonialism and identity; she also despite these weighty themes she keeps her tone light and sometimes irreverent. (Just wait till you hear how the Bingleys make their money!) This is, above all, a rom com—and it’s a fun one. More info →
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Ayesha At Last

Ayesha At Last

"Because while it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single, Muslim man must be in want of a wife, there's an even greater truth: To his Indian mother, his own inclinations were of secondary importance." How's this for a twist? In this utterly delightful P&P-inspired retelling, set in contemporary Toronto, Darcy becomes Khalid, a devout Muslim man whose mother is trying to marry him off. I loved the supporting cast featuring good friends, a cousin dreaming of a Bollywood-inspired wedding, an embarrassing mother, and a Shakespeare-quoting grandpa. If you're a P&P devotee, this is a delight. If you've never read the original, you can still enjoy this story about love, family, obligation, and romance. More info →
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Bridget Jones’s Diary

Bridget Jones’s Diary

Though it might be bit dated to modern readers, I still consider this one a classic retelling. At the dawn of another New Year, Bridget Jones is 32, single, and desperate to take control of her life—so she starts keeping a diary. And such a diary. Bridget is a free spirit, fond of witty banter, enthusiastic about everything, and her enthusiasm lives on every page, where she shares her never-lukewarm opinions about everything from diet to work her love life. She may seem flighty, but she's always searching for deeper meaning. She also has great people skills. This might not be obvious when she first meets straight-laced barrister Mark Darcy, but the novel is based on Pride and Prejudice, so of course they get off to a bumpy start. More info →
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Recipe for Persuasion

Recipe for Persuasion

This follow-up to Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors stands on its own. In this loose retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, Ashna is a Bay Area chef so desperate to save her family’s failing restaurant she agrees to compete on the reality tv show Cooking with the Stars. That’s where she reconnects with her first love—now a Brazilian soccer star—on live tv, for the first time since he disappeared twelve years ago on the worst night of her life. Dev puts her own spin on Austen’s classic, while highlighting the timeless themes of the original: a young woman sensitive to her family’s criticism, a disadvantaged young man with no credentials but a bright future, an unexpected second chance at first love. A sensitive, satisfying update. More info →
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Longbourn

Longbourn

"If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah often thought, she’d most likely be a sight more careful with them." A Pride and Prejudice retelling for Downton Abbey fans: this is Austen's classic story, retold from the servant's perspective. Readers interested in the Regency era will appreciate the vivid historical detail and unique perspective in this unique retelling. More info →
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If I Loved You Less

If I Loved You Less

Theodosia Sullivan doesn't see marriage in her future, but she does enjoy playing matchmaker for everyone who steps into her family's surf shop in Hanalei Bay. Sound like a familiar Austen heroine? Local baker Kini ʻŌpūnui warns Theo about her matchmaking machinations, but of course Theo presses on—until she realizes that her feelings for Kini might be deeper than just friendship. This slow burn LGBTQ romance provides a beautiful escape in a lush setting, as well as plenty of Austen-inspired charm. More info →
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Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley

I love Reay's many nods to Emma in this novel of bookish delight. Samantha Moore spent her childhood struggling in the foster care system, relying on her favorite literary characters to survive. She even expresses herself using their words when she can't find her own. Samantha's big break comes when a "Mr. Knightley" offers her a full scholarship at the prestigious journalism school at Northwestern University. The only requirement is that Sam write her benefactor regularly to tell him about her progress. Through their correspondence, Sam begins to find her voice ... but then things get complicated. More info →
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His Good Opinion: A Mr Darcy Novel

His Good Opinion: A Mr Darcy Novel

$3.99$0.99
There are countless Pride and Prejudice retellings from Mr. Darcy's point of view, and not all of them are great. This one is a genuinely good Austen adaptation, especially for Austen purists. It says close to canon while feeling fresh, doesn't shy away from Darcy's less attractive moments, and provides an inside look at his character transformation. More info →
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Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

$13.99$1.99Audiobook: 12.99 (Whispersync)
This is the fourth installment of the Jane Austen Project, which invites contemporary authors to rework Jane Austen's novels for modern times, and my hands-down favorite. Our modern tale is set in Cincinnati, where Lizzie is re-cast as an NYC-based magazine editor, Jane is a yoga instructor nearing 40, Darcy is a snooty brain surgeon, and Bingley is an ER doctor turned star of the reality show "Eligible." The purists will need their smelling salts, but Sittenfeld is no Jane Austen, and she's okay with that: her snappy writing and spirit of playfulness make this such good fun for Jane Austen fans, if you're willing to go with it. More info →
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Unequal Affections: A Pride and Prejudice Retelling

Unequal Affections: A Pride and Prejudice Retelling

After you all had been telling me to read this for YEARS, I finally listened to the audio version, which I quite enjoyed. I listened to this really fast because I wanted to find out what happens next. In this interesting twist on Pride and Prejudice, Ormiston imagines what might have happened had Elizabeth accepted Darcy's first proposal. This story focuses almost exclusively on the romance plot lines and is mostly dialogue, but I found it fun and entertaining, and—unlike so many other retellings—appreciated how Ormiston left the book's characters largely intact. More info →
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Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility

Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility

Readers, this new take on Sense and Sensibility was so much fun. Perhaps not great literature, but easy-reading, well-constructed, and enjoyable. In this novel, two broke adult sisters and their sweet little sister flee expensive San Francisco to set up a new tea shop in Austin, Texas. The bones of Austen's original are visible, but Lodge doesn't hew too closely to the original, to her credit. I spent a happy afternoon devouring this book. More info →
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Heartstone

Heartstone

$7.99$1.99Audiobook: 7.49 (Audible)
I NEVER would have picked this up based on the cover, but this was enthusiastically recommended by the staff of Monroe, Georgia's wonderful store The Story Shop. They described it as "a completely faithful Pride and Prejudice retelling—but with dragons." This retelling hits all the familiar P&P beats, while adding familiar fantasy elements like dragon riders and warrior women and hobgoblins, and it works. Good news for Austen fans and fantasy readers: this is the first in a trilogy. More info →
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Pride

Pride

A P&P "remix" that envisions Darcy and Lizzie as two Brooklyn teens. First line: "It's a truth universally acknowledged that when rich people move into the hood, where it's a little bit broken and a little bit forgotten, the first thing they want to do is clean it up." Zuri Benitez is the second daughter of a large Haitian-Dominican family that has lived forever on their block in Bushwick. When Darius Darcy pulls up to the expensively renovated mini-mansion across the street in a blacked-out SUV, she immediately hates him and the gentrification he represents. But Austen fans know that's only the beginning of the story. Zoboi's acknowledgements gave me goosebumps: don't miss them. Hot tip: Elizabeth Acevedo narrates the audiobook, and it is incredible. More info →
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