Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg: Fan Fiction

Very few literary works have as many spin-offs, continuations and fan fiction as Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I would argue that ALL spin-offs and retellings are fan fiction. Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg is just the latest and greatest title to be added to the mix.

Another fun one is Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler.

In this Jane Austen–inspired comedy, love story, and exploration of identity and destiny, a modern LA girl wakes up as an Englishwoman in Austen’s time.

There’s also a sequel called Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict.

Due out in April is Jane Austen: A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef. It’s a biography billed for YA readers.

For true fan fiction, visit www.dwiggie.com, where they feature “Epilogue Alley” — fan fic that takes place in the Regency Era and sticks pretty close to Austen’s work; and the “Fantasia Gallery” — everything else, including one called, Sense and Sensibility and Mr Darcy and Sharks in Space Riding Motorcycles Plus There is a Time Machine . (Zombies are so last week!)

Here’s an excerpt:

Fitzwilliam Darcy, said gentleman from Derbyshire, had a really lousy day. In his personal top five of Lousiest Days in His Life it easily ranked number 2. (Number 1 was the day he proposed to Miss Bennet; not because Miss Bennet had refused him though that had made it a pretty lousy day already, but because on top of the rejection, when he had returned to Rosings, he had had to deal with some crazed space jellyfish that had stung him where it hurt. He hadn’t been able to sit comfortably for weeks.)

“Space sharks!” he said spitefully into the roar of his bike. “I preferred the days when Wickham had been my biggest worry.”

Which was why the arrival of a shoal of space jellyfish wasn’t greeted with much enthusiasm on his part. The sharks were quite a different matter though. They immediately forgot all about the man’s existence and attacked the newcomers.

Fitzwilliam Darcy, said gentleman from Derbyshire, had a really lousy day. In his personal top five of Lousiest Days in His Life it easily ranked number 2. (Number 1 was the day he proposed to Miss Bennet; not because Miss Bennet had refused him though that had made it a pretty lousy day already, but because on top of the rejection, when he had returned to Rosings, he had had to deal with some crazed space jellyfish that had stung him where it hurt. He hadn’t been able to sit comfortably for weeks.)

“Space sharks!” he said spitefully into the roar of his bike. “I preferred the days when Wickham had been my biggest worry.”

Which was why the arrival of a shoal of space jellyfish wasn’t greeted with much enthusiasm on his part. The sharks were quite a different matter though. They immediately forgot all about the man’s existence and attacked the newcomers.

Mr Darcy tactfully withdrew from the scene.

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