I’m a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Eligible is a modern retelling of the story and it has been widely praised as witty and entertaining.
The story has been brought to the modern day, set in Cincinnati, LA and New York. Liz is a journalist, Jane a yoga-instructor, Darcy a brain surgeon, and Mrs Bennet a member of the Country Club.
So was it witty and entertaining? Personally, I didn’t think so. I’m not sure what I was expecting but I found the book a real chore to read. The attempts at humour fell flat, the modern setting detracted from the nuances of the original story, and Liz and Darcy’s love story just didn’t ring true.
Overall, disappointing. I’d suggest that if you’re looking for an entertaining and funny modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice you instead choose Bridget Jones’s Diary.