The best Pride & Prejudice variations set in Regency Times

Who am I?

I fell in love with Pride & Prejudice variations over a decade ago when I did a Google search for “Pride & Prejudice sequel” because I was desperate to read more of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. I’ve read hundreds, if not thousands, of variations and fan fiction over the years. Last year, I finally developed the courage to start writing my own which (I flatter myself) has been well-received by readers of JAFF (Jane Austen Fan Fiction). I write them in between running my blog, homeschooling my three children, recording my podcast, and surviving the hot Texas summers.


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The Sins of Their Fathers: A Pride & Prejudice Variation

By Tiffany Thomas,

Book cover of The Sins of Their Fathers: A Pride & Prejudice Variation

What is my book about?

How would Pride & Prejudice be different if William Collins came to live with the Bennets at Longbourn as a young child due to the heinous actions of his father?  What if Mr. Darcy’s own father acted in a way that forever changed the course of his friendship with George Wickham? Will Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy still find their happily ever after? 

As the beloved characters of Pride & Prejudice grapple with their childhood difficulties, how will the choices of their parents be carried on to the next generation? Can they find happiness, or are they doomed to a lifetime of misery because of the sins of their fathers?

The books I picked & why

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Old Boots: A Pride & Prejudice Variation

By Grace Gibson, Janet Taylor (illustrator),

Book cover of Old Boots: A Pride & Prejudice Variation

Why this book?

One of the things I love most about Pride & Prejudice variations is that sometimes you get the characters acting out of character a bit!

In this hilarious version, Mr. Darcy decides he is fed up with being stoic and proper all of the time. He decides to bring back some of the mischievousnesses he enjoyed in his youth, with wonderfully different results! I laughed at the antics he and his dog get up to, and I know you will, too!


Speechless

By Jessie Lewis,

Book cover of Speechless

Why this book?

Another reason I love Pride & Prejudice variations is that the circumstances change, and we get to see the main characters struggle in other ways than the original story.

I fell in love with Speechless when I got to see Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy get stranded together at an inn. Darcy becomes badly injured and is unable to speak at all, so he and Elizabeth are forced to understand each other in less conventional ways.

The thing about this story that makes it so compelling are the humorous moments that entwine with the angst and pain.


Faults of Understanding: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

By Jennifer Altman,

Book cover of Faults of Understanding: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

Why this book?

My favorite trope for Pride & Prejudice variations is a forced or arranged marriage. In this book, Mr. Darcy’s infamously rude proposal to Elizabeth is overheard. Rumors quickly spread, and they are quickly forced to marry or else be ruined.

I really enjoy watching Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy working hard to make their marriage work. I admire her determination to make the best of the situation, and I love seeing Darcy fall in love with her all over again.


Nameless

By Julie Cooper,

Book cover of Nameless

Why this book?

Sometimes a Pride & Prejudice variation begins extremely differently than in canon. This book has Elizabeth Bennet start out as an orphan and forced to be a companion to the Dowager Countless of Matlock. Mr. Darcy had married someone else after Elizabeth had refused his proposal, but he is now widowed and just as handsome as ever.

I love seeing Elizabeth navigate through their marriage when she is not in love quite yet. I admire her courage and determination to uncover the secrets of Mr. Darcy’s first marriage, and my heart breaks for the trauma that Mr. Darcy endured at the hands of his first wife.


Miss Bennet's Dragon: A Pride and Prejudice Retelling

By M. Verant,

Book cover of Miss Bennet's Dragon: A Pride and Prejudice Retelling

Why this book?

One of my other favorite tropes is when fantasy and Pride & Prejudice combine. I love this version where Elizabeth Bennet can speak to dragons, which is a forbidden power. When Jane becomes ill, Elizabeth has to travel to Pemberley to help save her.

Not only is fantasy involved, but I really enjoy how history becomes involved in the form of England’s war with France and Bonaparte. I find it incredible to see Elizabeth break through protocol and rules all for the love of her sister, Jane.


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