It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a female reader obsessed with the Regency era must be a Jane Austen fan. With all the modern books like Pride and Prejudice being published, it’s clear we all have a thing for Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy.
But it’s not just Pride and Prejudice getting retold and expanded upon. All of Jane Austen’s classics have been adapted, reworked, or rewritten for modern audiences.
As a fellow Janeite, a sure fire way to get me to buy a book is to bill it as a retelling of Jane Austen’s works….so I’ve read quite a lot of books like Pride and Prejudice. I’ve listed them all below along with other books about Jane Austen or stories inspired by her works.
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Books like Pride and Prejudice
I’m a sucker for a Jane Austen adaptation so I was eager to read this story about the servants at Longbourn, home to the Bennett sisters.
It was a love story that definitely focused on the people behind the scenes, without many appearances by the famed characters of Pride and Prejudice.
I liked that we got a brief look into Elizabeth’s life as Mrs. Darcy, but I really did enjoy the servants’ stories. I’d recommend this one for fans of Downton Abbey for sure.
This story picks up where Pride and Prejudice left off and continues the love story of Elizabeth Bennett and her beloved Mr. Darcy.
We get to see their wedding, their wedding night and honeymoon, and even the birth of their first child. I loved seeing Mrs. Darcy acclimate to life as the mistress of Pemberley.
What is so great about this book is that it can go anywhere you want it to. Choose your adventure…and choose your own man. It’s exactly like those books we all loved as children, except with VERY adult content.😉
You can pick as many or as few stories that you want. Personally, I found my happy ending with a gruff aristocrat who was clearly modeled after Mr. Darcy!
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Mystery Pride and Prejudice Retellings
This story takes place a few years after Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy get married. While the Darcys are preparing for a ball, Lydia comes hurtling up the drive claiming that Wickham has been murdered.
Soon the whole family, along with the Bingleys, are plunged into the investigation and its aftermath. If you love Austen and mysteries, this is the book for you!
This Pride and Prejudice retelling is actually a murder mystery! In this version of the story, Mr. Bennett is a barrister and Lizzie is desperate to prove herself and be the first female barrister.
But while she offers to help Mr. Bingley find the real culprit of the murder he’s been accused of, she ends up butting heads with her rival, Mr. Darcy of Pemberley and Associates.
This delightful take on the classic story was refreshing and fun. I look forward to reading the rest of the retellings in this series.
Modern Pride and Prejudice Retellings
I’m always down for a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, one of my favorite books of all time. I was particularly interested in this take because it features modern, black teenagers.
At this point in our country’s awakening, it’s important to read from diverse perspectives. I’ve never tackled a retelling from a non-white author before, but I’m so glad I did.
This modern take on Pride and Prejudice had me giggling multiple times. The Bennett sisters get modern updates in all the best ways.
And in this one, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth have hate sex as part of the courting ritual which just cracked me up. Mrs. Bennett’s hysterics remain true to form and will be sure to delight.
This book was my choice for a classic adaptation and I loved it. Food and romance are at the center of this book and I thought that it was done so well.
It has all the classic conflict of pride and prejudice with a fresh new spin that made the book so relatable and easy to read.
I picked up this book because I adore Pride and Prejudice and all things Jane Austen. I actually saw the Hallmark version of this book but be warned, the movie and the book are nothing alike!
Our female lead, Darcy Fitzwilliam is a workaholic, while Luke Bennett is the boy she grew up next to in their hometown of Pemberly, Ohio. As easy as it was to predict this story, there were a few surprises along the way.
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More Jane Austen Retellings
In this modern retelling of Emma, our flighty heroine is preparing to launch her interior design firm. All the characters we know and love are brought into the 21st century in a delightful way.
If you love Emma, you must pick up this version!
November’s Reading Challenge was to read a book with a blue cover and since I loved the first book in the series so much, I could not wait to read this one.
I loved this fresh take on Jane Austen’s Persuasion. The story is a classic and this adaptation was so much fun to read.
As soon as I realized this was a retelling of Sense and Sensibility, I knew I had to read it!
This version is set in D.C. and the key characters are involved in politics. It feels very appropriate post-election. I loved seeing the connections back to Jane Austen’s original work. It’s probably one of my favorite retellings of this particular story.
I remember reading this book shortly before it was turned into the hit movie starring Colin Firth and Renee Zellweger. This modern retelling of Emma is told in diary form over the course of one year.
Hysterical and silly, Bridget’s antics are quite something. Mark and Daniel are deliciously brought to life via Bridget’s inner monologue. If you love the movie, try the book.
This Bollywood retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma is a sweet and easy to read book that brings Emma to life in a whole new way.
Kamila Hussain lives with her dad and is trying to keep him healthy after a few health scares. She works with him at an accounting firm and spends her free time volunteering with animals and matchmaking.
When her secret nemesis comes back to town, her world is turned upside down.
If you like these Jane Austen retellings, you might also like this list of 18 classic retellings.
Books about Jane Austen
What a wonderful book for historical fiction lovers. Set just after WWII, a group of unlikely friends come together to save Jane Austen’s cottage.
A movie star, a farmer, a doctor, and a widow all have personal struggles to overcome. Over the course of the book, the society is able to save more than just the cottage.
I felt like each of the characters were personal friends by the book’s end. It was a lovely read to rekindle hope.
As part of a group of workers from the future, Liam and Rachel are sent back in time to diagnose Jane’s illness, and help her complete her next book.
I love the grittier side of this novel. It doesn’t romanticize the time period, very similar to the way Diana Gabaldon shows the harsh realities of life in the Highlands or onboard a ship at sea.
Did you know there is a whole mystery series featuring Jane Austen as an amateur crime-solver? I had no idea until I stumbled upon this book which takes place over…you guessed it… Christmas.
There are a series of suspicious-looking deaths surrounding the home Jane is visiting for the winter holiday. As she strives to solve the mystery before more dead bodies show up, we are treated to a look at the Christmas traditions of Regency-era England.
Jane Austen Inspired Books
This cute little love story sticks an actress and her harshest critic together at the same estate. The estate in question is is owned by Griff’s family, where a theatre is hosting an Austen-Choose-Your-Own Adventure style play starring actress Freddy.
As they begin to fall in love, they uncover family secrets that affect them both. It’s cute and sappy, and it was a breath of fresh air for me during a stressful week.
This book (and the movie it inspired) is just plain fun! 5 women and one man get together for 6 months to discuss Jane Austen’s works.
In the process, they find friendships, heartbreak, and love. If you are a fan of Jane Austen, you must read this!
Jane Hayes is an utter romantic who is unlucky in love. She compares every man she’s interested in to Mr. Darcy and they all come up wanting.
When a relative sends her to Austenland, an estate in the countryside made for Janeites, she gets to experience the Regency era for her own. Will she be able to find love or will she find out that she’s more of a modern woman at heart?
Katherine, a professor, loves Jane Austen and smutty Regency romance novels. She decides she deserves a much needed break and heads off to a Jane Austen conference in the gorgeous English countryside for a break…. there she finds a delicious Darcy-look alike. Will she find love on vacation?
This was not the best Austen adaptation I have read, but it was fluffy and fun. I don’t really remember much but it left me feeling warm and gooey, so there ya go.