6 Degrees of Separation- Pride and Prejudice

The 6 Degrees of Separation meme is a monthly meme hosted at booksaremyfavoriteandbest,  that explores the ways in which a chosen book can be linked to six other books.

The August 2017 book is: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This pick ties in perfectly with #AusteninAugustRBR. I can’t possibly say enough good things about P&P. I first picked up Austen’s sparkling novel when I was eleven. Needless to say, I’ve been a proud Janeite ever since.

My August #6degrees chain includes: a book read by Austen,  a Southern novel about friendship, a WWII book, funny novels written in diary form, and a Pride and Prejudice retelling.

 

 

Cecilia by Fanny Burney

This eighteenth-century novel is the perfect place to begin this chain. Jane Austen read and loved Fanny Burney’s works. She even got the idea for the title ‘Pride and Prejudice’ from a line at the end of Cecilia. Burney’s thick novel is a charming read that Janeites may love as much as their beloved author did herself.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

A book by another Fannie (although with a different spelling) is Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. This charming, Southern story focuses on female friendship in the 1930’s and 1980’s. I haven’t read this one, but I did enjoy the film adaptation.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

My third book also includes a food item as part of its title. This epistolary novel-told in written correspondence-is set during and just after WWII. It is a heartbreakingly-beautiful book about a literary society on the island of Guernsey, and the hardships its members endured under Nazi occupation. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society celebrates the importance of literature, and the ways in which books can bring people together and provide solace in difficult times.

Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield 

Keeping with the epistolary novel theme, is this comic 1930’s gem by the English writer E. M. Delafield. Her novel features the fictional diary of a lady/wife/mother/author living in the English countryside before WWII. This is a delightful read full of plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. I’ve never laughed so hard over flower bulbs before (or since) in my life.

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding 

Another funny novel written as a diary, is Helen Fielding’s popular Bridget Jones’s Diary. Famously, this book is inspired by Pride and Prejudice-and even includes its own swoon-worthy Mr. Darcy. Helen Fielding was also reportedly inspired by Diary of a Provincial Lady! And who can’t help but love reading about Bridget and her embarrassing but hilarious hijinks?

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld 

And finally, yet another modern Pride and Prejudice retelling. Set in Cincinnati, Eligible reimagines Liz as a magazine writer, Jane as a yoga instructor, and Mr. Darcy as a neurosurgeon. Sittenfeld’s version of P & P includes crossFit, a dating reality show, cell phones, and online shopping. I plan to read this fun novel as part of my Austen in August reading.

 

Have you read any of these books? 

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  1. Your Bridget Jones link ties in very nicely 🙂 It’s funny, I didn’t even think about Bridget when I started my chain. The only reimagined P&P that was on my mind was Eligible because I’d just finished reading it (hope yo enjoy it – I didn’t take it too seriously and found it to be fun).

    Thanks for playing #6degrees!

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  2. Loved your chain! The scary side of these posts is the damage they do to my TBR every month. I didn’t know about the link between Cecilia and P& P, and now feel it’s essential that I read Cecilia… 😀

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    1. I also didn’t know about the link between Cecilia and P&P (*surreptitiously adds Cecilia to out of control wishlist!)

      The Diary of a Provincial lady is also on my TBR pile – your quick rave review has just jumped it up towards the top of the TBR pile.

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    1. Cecilia is worth the read although it is incredibly long and can be a little difficult if you’re not used to eighteenth-century writing. Evelina, also by Fanny Burney, is shorter, more accessible, and has a plot that is similar to a Jane Austen novel. It’s also incredibly funny. I would recommend it as a good place to start with Burney’s works.

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  3. I’m seeing several Bridget Jones’s Diary this month. It’s interesting. I’ve been meaning to read Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I like the adaptation too.

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  4. Love your choices! Dear Bridgette! I especially love the latest book. Sweet. Provincial Lady has been on my list a long time. I need to bump it up the list. Eligible I’ve passed on–read two of the others in the new retelling series and they were awful.

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