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Book Thoughts - Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts

Written by Jennifer Porter
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pride_and_prejudice_hl“Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts” by Mitzi Szereto (erotic, Cleis Press, July 2011, $15.95, 224pp): An erotic telling of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice?” My first thought upon reading about Mitzi Szereto’s “Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts” was something along the lines of "Wow! This book could forever ruin my relationship with the love story of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy." But, I also was curious about how exactly Szereto would spin the classic tale and where she would add the lustful elements. I agreed to the author’s review request, albeit with some trepidation.

 

In her retelling, Szereto is faithful to the overall story of the original. Mr. Bennet is a hen-pecked husband; Mrs. Bennet cares only about marrying off her daughters; Mr. Collins annoys all and ends up married to Miss Lucas; Lydia runs off with Mr. Wickham who must be forced to actually say “I do;” Jane and Mr. Bingley find happiness and Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth finally realize they love each other. But, along the way, the characters that we know and love have some curious predilections.

 

 

The interesting thing is that these predilections really seem to fit the characters. What exactly does Mr. Bennet do all day while hiding from all of the women in his life? I can see him barricaded in his library pouring over naughty drawings. Mrs. Bennet certainly seems the type to buy strange tonics from gypsies that make her a bit loopy – especially since poor Lydia can’t stop rubbing herself suggestively against any and all protuberances she encounters.

 

I can certainly picture both Charlotte and Mr. Collins happiest in the company of their own sex, although the image of Lady Catherine wearing a hood to discipline all of those she commands still has me a bit disturbed (although admittedly it fits her personality). I will forever associate Caroline Bingley with the birch rod she habitually carries hoping for Mr. Darcy to bare his backside and submit to a caning.

 

Szereto continues her clever characterizations with Jane and Mr. Bingley, portraying them as two people who have little passion between them, but are quite happy to join their beautiful selves together in matrimony. Bingley’s unrequited passion for Mr. Darcy surprised me, but made me chuckle. And that leaves Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy who mostly just had improper thoughts about each other.

 

While I do think that “Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts” has forever changed my view of the original, it did not in any way ruin Austen’s classic for me (which was my original fear). I am very glad that I did decide to read this book, because it made me think about the beloved characters in a very different way. There has to be more to them than Austen outlined for us. Szereto offers us quite a different glimpse into them all, but I think she found an ingenious way to do so.

 

Looking for something quite different to read? Enjoy erotic romance? I would suggest giving “Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts” a read. Be prepared to find out what is really going on behind those closed doors.

 

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Author Link: http://www.mitziszereto.com

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