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Lions and Liquorice ❴Reading❵ ➾ Lions and Liquorice Author Kate Fenton – 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 impoveri 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 Llew 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 localsUnder his very nose his bashful handsome neighbor John is plucked out of a village dance by the famously gorgeous Lions and PDF or 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 wayAn update on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Vanity and Vexation is a modern take on her blueprint of the romance game complete with sex money and power.

10 thoughts on “Lions and Liquorice

  1. Melindam Melindam says:

    Sod this for a lark why not turn the classic formula upside down and inside out? Keep the plot but reverse the sexes? Eat your heart out Jane Austen this is your actual 20th Century Eual Opportunities Romance rich rude rakish women chasing shy impoverished men And this is exactly what Nicholas Llewellyn Bevan former journalist turned thriller writer does when he finds himself at a loose end or rather without any idea for his next thriller book to be He decides to try his hands and typewriter at something completely different He is possibly influenced by the sudden turn up of a television crew filming PP at his doorstepin the North Yorkshire village he lives As to his muse could it be the famous actress Candia Mayhew?No forget it she is smitten by Nick's widowed reticent but utterly handsome brother in law John Could it then be the talented powerful but saturnine director Mary Hamilton who thinks Nick is halfway presentable though most of the time she doesn't even seem to realise he exists? That's like it Add some actors journalists literary wannabes exwives and village gossips to the mix shake well and you get this utterly delightful novel by Kate Fenton written back in 1995It manages to pull off being obvious but subtle at the same time It also helps that the book doesn't take itself seriously which is an attitude I like with fanficmodern adaptationsIt is fresh sassy and funny and the best modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice I have come across so far with a great plot memorable protagonists and secondary characters who are individuals of their own right and don't only serve as stunt doubles for our favourite literary charactersPublished in the US as Vanity and Vexation A Novel of Pride and Prejudice

  2. Leslie Leslie says:

    This is a flip the genders imaginative PG rated book that is actually a bit confusing on the surface After a brief introduction to our protagonist a middle aged male writer we are treated to a story which seems to be 'real' but will be revealed to be his half finished story based on 'real' life There is a female director filming a remake of PP in Yorkshire Then we slip awkwardly into real life where he breaks the '4th wall' to tell you that everything you just read was fictionalized so it is like inception of a novel within a novel Once the 'fiction' ends I stopped trusting what I was reading; is this just fantasy? The Wickham character is ridiculous and the 'rescue' is insane Actually the whole last 30% of the book is insane

  3. Lisa Lisa says:

    The trick to this book is to 'hold it loosely' I was startled to be introduced to two men rather than marriage seeking girls on the first pages Reality and the gender bending recapitulation by Llew the main character blur WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED But this has all the fun of pride and prejudice with some interesting modern twists even a couple uick jaunts overseas If you want something fun and light with witty repartee and lots of Austen esue characters this is your book

  4. Kristen Kristen says:

    I would call this a Pride Prejudice esue book as opposed to a seuel It's set in present day and the twist is that in this story the Darcy character is a woman and the Elizabeth character is a man It sounds weird but it's actually pretty cleverly doneThis is of an homage to the underlying themes from PP rather than any direct connection to the original but it's a fun romp I liked the characters and the story is enjoyable A fast light read and if you're looking for something a little different in the PP type story you may enjoy this one

  5. Meredith (Austenesque Reviews) Meredith (Austenesque Reviews) says:

    This was such a fun book to read It is the story of Pride and Prejudice in our time period So if you are looking for a book that carries on the Regency style period and Jane Austen's style of writing this is not it I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed watching or reading Bridget Jones's Diary It is similar to BJD in the language mostly One the author uses profanity occasionally and Two some words or phrases may be hard to understand if you are not British or in this case Welsh The author did a fantastic job of not only bringing Pride and Prejudice to the 21st Century but also inverting all the character's genders Can you imagine the proud arrogant Mr Darcy as a woman? You will find character traits of Elizabeth Bennet in the mystery thriller novelist Nick Bevan and Mr Darcy with film director Mary Hamilton Also it is hilarious to spot others like Lady Catherine and Mrs Bennet in the opposite gender roles This book will test your knowledge of Pride and Prejudice with its many parallels You can compare what you know from Pride and Prejudice and discover that the author used it and reversed it in her story It was a wonderful read I enjoyed the author's intelligent writing I personally wish she did not include profanity but I wasn't turned off by the use of it Nevertheless it was a very funny entertaining and intelligent story of Pride and Prejudice in the 21st Century with the genders switched

  6. Sarah Sarah says:

    I believe this is the first Jane Austen inspired novel that I have not cringed at and given up on in disgust almost immediately I thought the story was very cleverly done both the parallels between the PP characters and the real characters and the device of the novel within the novel to undercut some possibly overstrained parallels Reversing all of the genders and replacing the marriage market motivations with a mixture of professional and social connections was really nicely handled For some reason I wasn't expecting the gender switching so identifying which characters were parallel to which may have seemed like of a fun game than it otherwise might have been I felt particularly triumphant that I recognised the Lydia so earlyI refrained from giving the book 5 stars because in the end I was a little bit let down by the actual execution of the Happily Ever After but otherwise I thought it was very entertaining

  7. Ivonne Rovira Ivonne Rovira says:

    Sometimes updated adaptations work wonderfully Think of the film Clueless a delightful update of Jane Austen’s Emma or Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones's Diary a modern day retelling of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice But most of the time the result is god awful Just consider the Ethan Hawke version of Hamlet or Baz Luhrman’s over the top gangster take on Romeo and Juliet YikesKate Fenton fortunately falls in the former camp not the latter Like Fielding Fenton retells the tale of proud Fitzwilliam Darcy and prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet only this time the genders are reversed and the setting shifted to modern day Wales And despite the odds the transformation works pretty well While not as spot on as Fielding’s novel Fenton’s Vanity and Vexation despite its twee title change the UK edition is called by the much less obvious Lions And Liuorice the star crossed relationship between movie director Mary Dance and journalist turned novelist Nick Bevan proves both funny and touching I read this years and years ago and I have remembered it fondly ever since I have been wanting to re read it for the last couple of years but I could never remember the title Luckily I stumbled upon it today so I’ll soon be enjoying this witty and fun novel all over again

  8. Wealhtheow Wealhtheow says:

    Pride and Prejudice in modern times with the genders switched Could have been good; instead it just sort of meandered

  9. Victoria Victoria says:

    I don't love modern retellings of PP I often find they are clunky where the author twists and turns the plot to make it fit with modern timesHere's the issue unless a modern retelling is set in a distinct era the 20s WWII it gets dated This book was written 20 years ago in 1995 and it was a world without internet cell phones computers apparently which makes the modern shift palatable it's not current almost nostalgicAlso I almost stopped caring about the characters the second I learned that the first half is basically a manuscript for Nick's novelIt was decent but not enough to make me love it

  10. Sandy D. Sandy D. says:

    Witty fun and very very British novel about a novelist and the director of a remake of Pride Prejudice The story parallels are pretty damn clever with the added bit that the sexes are reversed the proud controlling and misunderstood character is the female and the male is down to earth and charming With very fine eyesAnd since it is set in the present and not the 19th century there is some sex in addition to the letter writing and country dancesThe cover blurb says frothy at least twice but I didn't find it frothy at all Light but definitely not frothy

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