PROM AND PREJUDICE By Elizabeth Eulberg [Review]
After reading a couple longer, more involved books (Nightshade and Clockwork Angel), I was in the mood for something light. In addition, I also wanted to read something that wasn’t part of a series, but actually had an ending. And so I picked up PROM AND PREJUDICE by Elizabeth Eulberg. Why? Well because the title sounded fun and it looked like a cute and quick read.
As you probably guessed, Prom and Prejudice is based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but is set in the modern world. While I haven’t actually ever read Pride and Prejudice (blasphemy, I know), I have seen the movie (the one with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen) and so am familiar with the story that way. In Prom and Prejudice, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bennet, an aspiring pianist, is a “scholarship student” at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy. Unfortunately for her, the students attending the school take quite a lot of pleasure torturing her because of her less than wealthy upbringing. Her only allies are her roommate and best friend Jane and Charlotte, the other scholarship student. To make Jane happy, Lizzie goes to a party with her to meet her new boyfriend, Charles Bingley. There she also makes the acquaintance of Charles’ friend, Will Darcy, whom she doesn’t quite connect with. And you sort of know the rest… well just substitute a few things including, Lizzie working in a coffee shop and the prom being the most important event at the Academy sort of driving the story and you have Prom and Prejudice.
Prom and Prejudice started off quite good. I thought the idea of transporting Pride and Prejudice into present time, and transforming Elizabeth Bennet into a tortured scholarship student was fun. However, as I kept on reading I found the story to be a little too cheesy at times for me. Some of the translations from the original story were too on the nose and just didn’t work as well set in present time as they do in the original story. For example the reason why Charles stops seeing Jane was not as convincing as it is in the original story. Why? Well because nowadays it would probably take a little more for two people to stop seeing each other. For example distance and communication is not as hard in a time of emails and cell phones.
In addition, while I understand why the characters speak the way they do in Pride and Prejudice, the characters in Prom and Prejudice seemed a little too formal for me, which was a bit distracting. I understand they come from the upper class, but Will Darcy seemed like he was this older man sometimes, and not a young guy still in school.
My favorite part of the book was when the story strayed from the original story and included a new twist, something that I could relate to because it was set nowadays. I would have liked for Elizabeth Eulberg to deviate from some parts of the original story even more, to create a story based on Pride and Prejudice, but not exactly translated from it.
That said, don’t get me wrong, was it an enjoyable read? Yes. It was definitely fun and quick to read and exactly what I was in the mood for. Did I have any big revelations about my life while I read it? No. And I would be worried if I did. However, Prom and Prejudice is the perfect book to pick up if you want to relax with an entertaining book on a rainy day.
I’ll leave you with the book trailer to enjoy below.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Point | Pages: 288 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon