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English novelist Kate Fenton's witty Vanity and Vexation, however, not only works splendidly, but is consistently inventive .

English novelist Kate Fenton's witty Vanity and Vexation, however, not only works splendidly, but is consistently inventive and entertaining. Fenton's adroit use of dialogue and her clever characterization place this one a cut above the usual Pride and Prejudice spinoffs. The transposition of the Pride and Prejudice plot and characters to 20th century Yorkshire worked for me. The Bennet contingent consists of the town locals, and the Darcy/Bingley group are the film company and cast who are in town to shoot the outdoor location shots for a television remake of P&P. Kate Fenton reverses the sexes of all the major characters.

A clever and cunning modern day retelling of the adored Jane Austen novel. Tall, dark, and arrogantly handsome--not to mention distinguished, powerful, and rolling in money. Would Pride and Prejudice have been different if Colonel Fitzwilliam had accompanied Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy to Netherfield? What would happen if Mr. Darcy made friends with a mysterious member o. ore. Jane Austen's classic novel, "Pride and Prejudice," ends with the marriage of the Bennet sisters to their hard-won fiances, but the story of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy's life together is only b.

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Vanity and Vexation: A Novel of Pride and Prejudice. A clever and cunning modern day retelling of the adored Jane Austen novel. A witty and entertaining update on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Austen fans old and new will adore Vanity and Vexation's modern take on her sublime blueprint of the romance game complete with sex, money, and power. With an assured and respectful hand, in the context of the contemporary world, Kate Fenton has penned a riveting story with a hilarious twist.

A witty and entertaining update on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Austen fans old and new will adore Vanity and Vexation's modern take on her sublime blueprint of the romance game complete with sex, money, and power

A witty and entertaining update on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Austen fans old and new will adore Vanity and Vexation's modern take on her sublime blueprint of the romance game complete with sex, money, and power. With an assured and respectful hand, in the context of the contemporary world, Kate Fenton has penned a riveting story with a hilarious twist

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A Novel of Pride and Prejudice.

A witty and entertaining update on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Austen fans old and new will adore Vanity and Vexation's modern take on her sublime blueprint of the romance game complete with sex, money, and power. 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

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A clever and cunning modern day retelling of the adored Jane Austen novel

"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, impoverished novelist and occasional (reluctant) journalist, when a TV production company trundles into his sleepy North Yorkshire valley. Amusedly he 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 locals.

Under his very nose, his bashful handsome neighbor John is plucked out of a village dance by the famously gorgeous (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 way.

A witty and entertaining update on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Austen fans old and new will adore Vanity and Vexation's modern take on her sublime blueprint of the romance game complete with sex, money, and power. With an assured and respectful hand, in the context of the contemporary world, Kate Fenton has penned a riveting story with a hilarious twist.


Comments: (7)

Welahza
I liked it! This book Is a departure from what I normally read. I don't know anybody who acts like these characters. I didn't always understand the British expressions but they were fun to learn. An interesting and funfilled change of pace for me. The British edition has a different title: Lions and Liquorice. Ms. Fenton writes well and is quite funny, too.
Chuynopana
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but found it an amusing twist on the tale. The gender-reversal was a little confusing at the beginning. I am not sure we are ever engaged enough with the main characters to fall in love with them as we do in the original book. I have to agree with another reviewer here who says "How Mary and Nick are ever supposed to be interested in each other as a couple I could never figure out". This may be chauvinistic, but by reversing the genders but keeping the demeanors I am not sure that realistically, they would have been attracted to each other. Mary, the Darcy character, does not have an epiphany and go through a transformation as Darcy does in the original book or if she does, this fact is not dwelled upon much.

In spite of some of these issues, I would still very much recommend this book as a good, fun read and an intelligent take on modern-day society where celebrity has replaced nobility.
roternow
Ms. Fenton's modern adaptation of P&P takes more than a few chapters to get into it, but once you do, the fun comes quickly. The lilt of the language took more concentrating than I anticipated for a novel I was reading in bed before retiring. The switch back and forth of the names (Mary Dance vs. Mary Hamilton and Nick Bevan vs. Llewellyn Bevan) threw me off for a couple of chapters. I must learn to read more closely even if it is late at night!!! Yet, the switch of Mary Dance being the tall, dark hero rather than "Mr. Darcy" was ingenuous. The fact that the film crew over which Mary is in charge is filming Pride and Prejudice gives this a nice twist. Having Sarah be equivalent to "Mr. Bennet" was not achieved until the final chapters, but, generally, you will enjoy the book. I could do without the "F" word in the love scenes, but that is a personal preference. I would not turn down reading the book purely on that note.
Thohelm
Vanity and Vexation reads very quickly. I read it in a day while home with a cold. The dialog is glib and sometimes witty and things sail along pretty well, but there are some aspects that leave one feeling flat when all is said and done. I finished the book, with a "that's it?" feeling.

The transposition of the Pride and Prejudice plot and characters to 20th century Yorkshire worked for me. The Bennet contingent consists of the town locals, and the Darcy/Bingley group are the film company and cast who are in town to shoot the outdoor location shots for a television remake of P&P. Kate Fenton reverses the sexes of all the major characters. This worked for some but not for others. Mr. and Mrs. Bennet become the owners of the pub in the Yorkshire town. Bernard is behind the bar, not too swift, sometimes annoying, and lacking in tact. Sarah his wife runs the attached restaurant which serves gourmet, not pub, food. She is very sharp and isn't above making fun of her husband. I had no problem with them, nor with the Bingley sisters becoming the two lead actors in the film. Caroline Bingley's character becoming a narcissistic actor who thinks no one is as clever or attractive as he is, is quite good. Even Charles Bingley becoming Candia, the beautiful, flighty, but good tempered lead actress of the film was a successful switch.

The Darcy-Elizabeth reversals were a problem. Darcy becomes Mary, the film's director, and Elizabeth is Nick, a critically acclaimed, but not best-selling, novelist. Fenton tries to swing the Darcy pride onto Mary while keeping her likable enough to accept as the hero, and I didn't buy it. Mary is driven as a director for her art by her ambition, and that is why she treats people like dirt, but yet that's OK because it was for her art. Well, it wasn't OK; she was just a pain, and not even an interesting pain; nor does she ever see the light and mend her ways as Austen did to Darcy. Nick, could have been a genius in the newspaper biz, but he left for a more relaxed life as an author. He's funny and sharp-witted, but but basically just wants to drink with his mates and write enough to stay afloat. How Mary and Nick are ever supposed to be interested in each other as a couple I could never figure out. There's no chemistry, I mean zero chemistry, between them. And therein lay the fatal flaw of the book for me. Fenton's writing was fine, her minor characterizations were fun, and the Charles Bingley/Jane romance worked in Fenton's hands, but the Elizabeth/Darcy romance was a bust.
Gashakar
I picked up this book without reading the reviews. If I had I wouldn't have bought it. That being said I want to say I loved this book. I even searched out other books by this author!

No it's not Jane Austen, however if your looking for clever, laugh out loud reading, do give it a try.

Read the book description and make your own decision. I did.
SiIеnt
Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book, and has been through many re-readings since I first experienced it in 1977. I've read many books based on the story, some good, and some bad. This author just doesn't pull it off. I didn't care about the characters. I wanted to like them, but couldn't. When I found out almost half way through that I was reading a novel within the novel, it was a blow to the way I viewed the characters. It was a twist I didn't need. Character and story development would have been a far better tactic in writing this novel. I mention story development, because none of the nuance one finds in Jane Austen was present in this book. The author did invert the genders of the characters, and that could have been interesting if she could have pulled it off. Vanity and Vexation is light, fluffy, and not good enough to recommend.
Vanity and Vexation: A Novel of Pride and Prejudice download epub
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Author: Kate Fenton
ISBN: 0312328028
Category: Humor & Entertainment
Subcategory: Movies
Language: English
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (July 1, 2005)
Pages: 288 pages