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A modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice.....Down to the family name of Bennet & the romantic interest for Lizzy is Fitzwilliam Darcy. It's a fun book. I liked it.
All the bare bones of the classic Pride & Prejudice are here, seamlessly woven into a modern
American setting with modern social dilemmas. The classic humor is apparent, as well as the recognizable personalities and characteristics of the beloved Bennet family. While the parallels to Austen’s novel seem endless, Sittenfeld’s tongue-in-cheek style makes Eligible stand separate and entirely on its own. Stumble through Cincinnati with Liz as she comes to terms with her parents’ flaws, supports Lydia’s bold decisions, runs (literally) into Darcy, and faces reality TV alongside Bingley and Jane. Eligible is a romantic comedy reflecting the timelessness of Austen’s most notable work.
It is a fun retelling of the Pride and Prejudice. I’m not a chick lit type of reader but I enjoyed this. It has humor and romance without being too over the top. Highly recommended.
This modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice is great fun. Recommended for Jane Austen fans.
Disappointing. The leading lady was incredibly unlikable. The whole family was perceived as not only a family who lacked finess (expected) but lacked integrity and over all self respect.
I will say the author did a great job at developing the characters and the family banter was clever and relatable (minus the huge amount of vulgarity).
Overall I wouldn’t recommend. Especially to the lovers of the original story.
Calling Eligible a modern retelling of Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice hardly prepares you for this version of the story. Though true, you may not be braced for how much pop culture and parody Sittenfeld has injected into the beloved novel. The storyline is the same - there are a couple of character plot lines that have changed - but mostly it is true to original plot.
Have you ever imagined the Bennett family in modern times? Some of us fans may have seen the modern retelling movies - the Bollywood version or the 2003 Utah-based version. Both (purposely?) set in cultures where family, virtue and reputation are still primary - like in Austen's day. But what if the Bennet clan were just a bunch of xennial/millennial basic b----es? This is the world Sittenfeld has painted and it is fun, fresh and witty. We have Crossfit, Reality-Dating Shows, Silicon Valley nerds and artificial insemination whirling around the Eligible world. We also experience transgender and race diversity on the scene. Critics of the novel do not feel those were admirably handled, though one might see that as Sittenfeld's point. Sittenfeld was not afraid to make Lizzie - a most beloved character - even more flawed than her 19th century counterpart. Beware that her pride - and the resulting character flaws of such a vice (control, arrogance, lack of self awareness, etc) is visibly aired out with all the Bennets' dirty laundry.
I avoided this novel at first because of the variance in reviews. Some loved and enjoyed this story and some hated it - calling it utter trash. Loving Austen's original work does not guarantee you will like Sittenfeld's version, but it also doesn't guarantee you will hate it. But I find it merits a chance. Sittenfeld's version is consistent and creative. I admire what she's done with the story and feel that she was true to the nature of Austen's characters put into a particular scene of modern day. It has taught me to not always rely on reviews to tell me what to pick up next - if anything a divided population might be the most enjoyable experience.
I was really disappointed in this book. The whole thing is overblown. Just one of the weird situations might have - more delicately handled - been funny. Ladling melodrama atop melodrama made it nauseating as well as boring.
The characters all lack charm. Vulgarity is their defining attribute. Austen’s Kitty, Lydia and Mrs. Bennett were vulgar - but there’s vulgar and there’s VULGAR. It was hard to care what might become of any one of Sittenfeld’s characters, including Jane, Mr. Bennett and especially Lizzie.
Jane Austen said of her work that it was like using a very fine brush to paint details onto an ivory miniature. This author slings buckets of virulently-coloured paints at a very large, coarse-grained canvas.
I only read the first 30 pages of this book but would not recommend it as the language and situations were inappropriate although common in today's world.
A quick, lighthearted retelling of "Pride and Prejudice" set in contemporary Cincinnati. Lots of laughs!
My first reaction to this book was an eyeroll (seriously, another Pride and Prejudice retelling?!) but some friends recommended it so I gave it a chance. And I’m glad I did! Eligible is such a fun read, and keeps you hooked even if you know the general plot points from the original. The modernization actually works really well; Sittenfeld made the right changes where needed to make the story work in the 21st century. Although the characters are much more unlikeable in this version (they can be mean and vicious where the originals were just kind of dumb and harmless), it doesn’t ruin the reading experience. And Elizabeth and Darcy are still a great couple!
I am such a fan of the original Pride and Prejudice that I had a difficult time liking this book at all. It was sort of vapid and vulgar.
The most enjoyable book I have read in a long time! A smart and funny read, I absolutely loved it.
I admit trepidation when I first approached this modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Sittenfeld's style is witty and engaging, and she does a fine job of resetting the story in the 21st century with all its very un-18th century problems. She gives all the characters the foibles and flaws that Austen did making them familiar, endearing and frustrating all at the same time If you are an Austen purist, you may want to avoid this book - it will make you mad! But maybe not -- give it a try!
You have to know going in that this is not your traditional "Pride and Prejudice". Sittenfeld really brings the Bennets into the modern world and not everything in the story is the same. The characters grew on me and I'm not gonna lie but this Darcy is one of my favorites to date. And, I thoroughly enjoyed the reality tv aspect of the whole thing.
I enjoyed the book, but missed Austen's wicked sense of humor about class and manners. Where Austen is more like a series of masterful miniatures, this book is more like a garish light-sculpture.
I'm usually dubious about any Jane Austen update, especially to P&P, but I was delighted by this modern take. It was great for a lighter summer read! Without too many spoilers, I'll just say I especially enjoyed Mrs. Bennet as a home shopping network hoarder and the direction Sittenfeld went with Lydia's story arc.
I'm a Janeite through and through and I've enjoyed many contemporary adaptations of Austen's works; Eligible has quickly joined my favourites. Sittenfeld does a brilliant job of bringing the Bennets and their social circle into the 21st century. Not once did the characters feel like they had diverged widely from their original templates. I greatly appreciated that Sittenfeld also brings along all of the major plot points of the original tale into the modern period and makes them utterly believable and compelling reading even though I knew roughly how things would be resolved. A must-read for any Austen and/or P&P fan.
Although not all Jane Austen fans will appreciate this book, I thought it was a hoot. I especially like who Lady Catherine got turned into in this retelling.
This book was on hold at the library for a long time, so maybe my expectations that it would be worth the wait were unrealistic. There have been many different spins on Pride and Prejudice, and this is an attempt to set the novel in contemporary America. However, the book doesn’t do this well. It’s like reading Pride and Prejudice if Elizabeth were as vapid as her younger sisters. Chip, the Bingley character, is a reality TV star. Darcy is a brain surgeon, and his sister Georgie is an anorexic grad student. Liz is incredibly bossy, deciding to sell her parents’ house without even telling her mother, and also prodding Darcy and the reluctant Georgie to donate their house to the Historic Preservation Society. The plot didn’t translate well. I think I was just too disappointed in the character of Liz who didn’t seem to have any of the original Elizabeth’s charm and wit.
I'll be honest. I haven't read the original Pride & Prejudice so I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy this modern version. I decided to go ahead and read it since I knew the basic plot of the story and I had also had heard pretty positive feedback about it via coworkers and friends. I definitely made the right decision. I enjoyed this book, especially the quirky characters and ultra-short chapters. A nice, light, fun summer read.
I went into this modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice with an open mind, and it was decent at first. However, I didn't enjoy the twists in the story, the characters felt more like caricatures, and the story doesn't have the same depth and social commentary as Austen's original work. It read like a trashy soap opera. I couldn't stand it by the end.
Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books ever. Parts of this parody are very funny and made me laugh out loud (I especially enjoyed the modern version of Mr. Bennet). I am not a big fan of reality TV or casual sex, so that was rather tiresome. It is impossible to create a scandal in 2013 that would frighten away Darcy or anyone else. The book was not convincing overall, but I really enjoyed parts of it.
The story starts out with promise but then about halfway through, falls flat. Sittenfeld seems to struggle with creating smart dialog in the modern age. She uses words and phrases that would only exist in Austen's time in an attempt to create sophistication but just makes this modern story feel contrived. Scandal is a difficult task to create in such a modern and open minded time. Sittenfeld really struggles to create tension and believable drama. In short, this book is fluff, something that Jane Austen's writing is not.