Vanity and Vexation: A Novel of Pride and Prejudice



10 thoughts on “Vanity and Vexation: A Novel of Pride and Prejudice

  1. Melindam Melindam says:

    Sod this for a lark, why not turn the classic formula upside down and inside out Keep the plot, but reverse the sexes Eat your heart out Jane Austen, this is your actual 20th Century Equal Opportunities Romance rich, rude, rakish women chasing shy, impoverished menAnd this is exactly what Nicholas Llewellyn Bevan, former journalist turned thriller writer does when he finds himself at a loose end or rather without any idea for his next thriller book to be He decides to try hisSod this for a lark, why not turn the classic formula upside down and inside out Keep the plot, but reverse the sexes Eat your heart out Jane Austen, this is your actual 20th Century Equal Opportunities Romance rich, rude, rakish women chasing shy, impoverished menAnd this is exactly what Nicholas Llewellyn Bevan, former journalist turned thriller writer does when he finds himself at a loose end or rather without any idea for his next thriller book to be He decides to try his hands and typewriter at something completely different He is possibly influenced by the sudden turn up of a television crew filming PP at his doorstep in the North Yorkshire village he lives As to his muse could it be the famous actress, Candia Mayhew No, forget it, she is smitten by Nick s widowed reticent, but utterly handsome brother in law, John Could it then be the talented, powerful but saturnine director, Mary Hamilton who thinks Nick is halfway presentable , though most of the time she doesn t even seem to realise he exists That slike it Add some actors, journalists, literary wannabes, exwives and village gossips to the mix, shake well and you get this utterly delightful novel by Kate Fenton written back in 1995.It manages to pull off being obvious, but subtle at the same time It also helps that the book doesn t take itself seriously, which is an attitude I like with fanfic modern adaptations.It is fresh, sassy and funny and the best modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice I have come across so far with a great plot, memorable protagonists and secondary characters who are individuals of their own right and don t only serve as stunt doubles for our favourite literary characters.Published in the US as Vanity and Vexation A Novel of Pride and Prejudice


  2. Leslie Leslie says:

    This is a flip the genders imaginative PG rated book that is actually a bit confusing on the surface After a brief introduction to our protagonist, a middle aged male writer, we are treated to a story which seems to be real but will be revealed to be his half finished story based on real life There is a female director filming a remake of P P in Yorkshire Then we slip awkwardly into real life where he breaks the 4th wall to tell you that everything you just read was fictionalized so This is a flip the genders imaginative PG rated book that is actually a bit confusing on the surface After a brief introduction to our protagonist, a middle aged male writer, we are treated to a story which seems to be real but will be revealed to be his half finished story based on real life There is a female director filming a remake of PP in Yorkshire Then we slip awkwardly into real life where he breaks the 4th wall to tell you that everything you just read was fictionalized so it is like inception of a novel within a novel Once the fiction ends I stopped trusting what I was reading is this just fantasy The Wickham character is ridiculous and the rescue is insane Actually the whole last 30% of the book is insane


  3. Lisa Lisa says:

    The trick to this book is to hold it loosely I was startled to be introduced to two men rather than marriage seeking girls on the first pages Reality and the gender bending recapitulation by Llew, the main character, blur WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED But this has all the fun of pride and prejudice with some interesting modern twists even a couple quick jaunts overseas If you want something fun and light with witty repartee and lots of Austen esque characters, this is your book.


  4. Kristen Kristen says:

    I would call this a Pride Prejudice esque book, as opposed to a sequel It s set in present day, and the twist is that in this story the Darcy character is a woman, and the Elizabeth character is a man It sounds weird, but it s actually pretty cleverly done.This isof an homage to the underlying themes from P P rather than any direct connection to the original, but it s a fun romp, I liked the characters, and the story is enjoyable A fast, light read, and if you re looking for som I would call this a Pride Prejudice esque book, as opposed to a sequel It s set in present day, and the twist is that in this story the Darcy character is a woman, and the Elizabeth character is a man It sounds weird, but it s actually pretty cleverly done.This isof an homage to the underlying themes from PP rather than any direct connection to the original, but it s a fun romp, I liked the characters, and the story is enjoyable A fast, light read, and if you re looking for something a little different in the PP type story, you may enjoy this one


  5. Meredith (Austenesque Reviews) Meredith (Austenesque Reviews) says:

    This was such a fun book to read It is the story of Pride and Prejudice in our time period So if you are looking for a book that carries on the Regency style period and Jane Austen s style of writing this is not it I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed watching or reading Bridget Jones s Diary It is similar to BJD in the language mostly One, the author uses profanity occasionally and Two, some words or phrases may be hard to understand if you are not British or in this case Welsh T This was such a fun book to read It is the story of Pride and Prejudice in our time period So if you are looking for a book that carries on the Regency style period and Jane Austen s style of writing this is not it I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed watching or reading Bridget Jones s Diary It is similar to BJD in the language mostly One, the author uses profanity occasionally and Two, some words or phrases may be hard to understand if you are not British or in this case Welsh The author did a fantastic job of not only bringing Pride and Prejudice to the 21st Century but also inverting all the character s genders Can you imagine the proud, arrogant Mr Darcy as a woman You will find character traits of Elizabeth Bennet in the mystery thriller novelist Nick Bevan and Mr Darcy with film director Mary Hamilton Also it is hilarious to spot others like Lady Catherine and Mrs Bennet in the opposite gender roles This book will test your knowledge of Pride and Prejudice with its many parallels You can compare what you know from Pride and Prejudice and discover that the author used it and reversed it in her story It was a wonderful read, I enjoyed the author s intelligent writing I personally wish she did not include profanity but I wasn t turned off by the use of it Nevertheless, it was a very funny, entertaining, and intelligent story of Pride and Prejudice in the 21st Century with the genders switched


  6. Sarah Sarah says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I believe this is the first Jane Austen inspired novel that I have not cringed at and given up on in disgust almost immediately I thought the story was very cleverly done both the parallels between the P P characters and the real characters and the device of the novel within the novel to undercut some possibly overstrained parallels Reversing all of the genders and replacing the marriage market motivations with a mixture of professional and social connections was really nicely handled Fo I believe this is the first Jane Austen inspired novel that I have not cringed at and given up on in disgust almost immediately I thought the story was very cleverly done both the parallels between the PP characters and the real characters and the device of the novel within the novel to undercut some possibly overstrained parallels Reversing all of the genders and replacing the marriage market motivations with a mixture of professional and social connections was really nicely handled For some reason I wasn t expecting the gender switching, so identifying which characters were parallel to which may have seemed likeof a fun game than it otherwise might have been I felt particularly triumphant that I recognised the Lydia so early.I refrained from giving the book 5 stars because in the end I was a little bit let down by the actual execution of the Happily Ever After, but otherwise I thought it was very entertaining


  7. Ivonne Rovira Ivonne Rovira says:

    Sometimes updated adaptations work wonderfully Think of the film Clueless, a delightful update of Jane Austen s Emma, or Helen Fielding s


  8. Wealhtheow Wealhtheow says:

    Pride and Prejudice in modern times with the genders switched Could have been good instead, it just sort of meandered.


  9. Victoria Victoria says:

    I don t love modern retellings of P P I often find they are clunky where the author twists and turns the plot to make it fit with modern times.Here s the issue, unless a modern retelling is set in a distinct era the 20s, WWII, it gets dated This book was written 20 years ago in 1995, and it was a world without internet, cell phones, computers apparently , which makes the modern shiftpalatable it s not current, almost nostalgic.Also I almost stopped caring about the characters the se I don t love modern retellings of PP I often find they are clunky where the author twists and turns the plot to make it fit with modern times.Here s the issue, unless a modern retelling is set in a distinct era the 20s, WWII, it gets dated This book was written 20 years ago in 1995, and it was a world without internet, cell phones, computers apparently , which makes the modern shiftpalatable it s not current, almost nostalgic.Also I almost stopped caring about the characters the second I learned that the first half is basically a manuscript for Nick s novel.It was decent but not enough to make me love it


  10. Sandy D. Sandy D. says:

    Witty, fun and very, very British novel about a novelist and the director of a remake of Pride Prejudice The story parallels are pretty damn clever, with the added bit that the sexes are reversed the proud, controlling, and misunderstood character is the female, and the male is down to earth and charming With very fine eyes.And since it is set in the present and not the 19th century, there is some sex in addition to the letter writing and country dances.The cover blurb says frothy at lea Witty, fun and very, very British novel about a novelist and the director of a remake of Pride Prejudice The story parallels are pretty damn clever, with the added bit that the sexes are reversed the proud, controlling, and misunderstood character is the female, and the male is down to earth and charming With very fine eyes.And since it is set in the present and not the 19th century, there is some sex in addition to the letter writing and country dances.The cover blurb says frothy at least twice but I didn t find it frothy at all Light, but definitely not frothy


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Vanity and Vexation: A Novel of Pride and Prejudice [PDF / Epub] ☉ Vanity and Vexation: A Novel of Pride and Prejudice Author Kate Fenton – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Tall, dark, and arrogantly handsome not to mention distinguished, powerful, and rolling in money Mr Darcy No, that s just the woman director of Pride and Prejudice, reports Nicholas Llewellyn Bevan, i Tall, dark, and arrogantly handsome not to mention Vexation: A PDF Å distinguished, powerful, and rolling in money Mr Darcy No, that s just the woman director of Pride and Prejudice, reports Nicholas Llewellyn Bevan, impoverished novelist and occasional reluctant journalist, when a TV production company trundles into his sleepy North Yorkshire valley Amusedly Llew watches these glamorous invaders combine the filming of Jane Austen s romantic classic with the much less modest pursuit, off camera, of real life romances with the localsUnder his very nose, his bashful handsome neighbor John is plucked out of a village dance by the famously gorgeous Vanity and PDF/EPUB ² and wealthy leading actress, Candia Bingham, with whom he at once falls completely in love Our would be hero manages only to trip over the black booted foot of the intimidating and imperious director, Mary Dance So he s amazed and a little bit alarmed when her steely eye seems to be straying his wayAn update on Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice, Vanity and Vexation is a modern take on her blueprint of the romance game complete with sex, money, and power.