Pride and Prejudice and Kitties Disappoints
By Jane Austen, Pamela Jane & Deborah Guyol
Skyhorse Publishing, $16.95, 202 pages
Authors Pamela Jane and Deborah Guyol have taken the beloved classic, Pride and Prejudice and have added some modern feline friends. Not only is the book abridged, all the human characters have been replaced with cats, and captioned photos of the furry friends are on nearly every page.
The storyline is the same as Jane Austen’s original, and even has entire passages in their original form. However, Jane and Guyol condense the in-between passages into tighter texts and add cat-like verbs. The cat photos and captions add whimsy to the book to be sure, similar to LOL Catz and the Internet. However, the book is in an in-between stage – it’s not a photo book and adult readers interested in Pride and Prejudice do not have enough of a change noted in the storyline, like that of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Who is the book best suited for? Cat lovers will enjoy the quirky tale. The 194 pages of text and images might be more appropriate for a teen reader, but hopefully one who has already absorbed the original. The quality of cat photos is found wanting as well, not to mention that the captions and editing seem amateurish.
Reviewed by Sophie Sestero