Lions and Liqorice
by Kate Fenton
by Kate Fenton
Vanity and Vexation
by Kate Fenton
Paperback - 288
by Inko Jan 2, 1997 (17:25)
I have a modern reworking of P&P, Lions and Liquorice by
Kate Fenton. This twists the whole story around, with the Darcy/Bingley
characters played by two women and the two men are meant to be Bingley
and Darcy. It's quite amusing.
Review by Amy Wolf,
This is a fabulous comic novel by English writer Kate Fenton. It's
a very clever modern update of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, detailing the
adventures of a movie crew come to film the saga in a sleepy North Yorkshire
town. There are role and plot reversals all over the place: Darcy takes
the form of an autocratic female movie director; our Lizzie is an impoverished
Welsh writer, Nick Bevan; the line between reality, fiction, and the filming
is seriously blurred. It's a rollicking good read and I urge others to
take the plunge!
WARNING: There is sex and language, the movie equivalent of an "R".
I greatly look forward to discussing with others on this Board!
Response by Inko
3, 1997 (16:20)
I bought this book in England last summer and read it right away. I
loved it. Thought it was a very clever, modern, reversed, update of P&P
and yes, very funny!
Response by Carolyn
Mar 3, 1997 (17:07)
I enjoyed this book very much. I loved matching the characters up with
there P&P counterparts. I thought it was very funny.
Response by amy2Mar
3, 1997 (19:55)
I thought it was completely great! The 90's modernization of what happens
to "Lydia/Chris" is a scream. I also liked the jumping back and forth from
fiction to reality, not usually one of my favorite plot devices. But Fenton
handled it so skillfully, I could just sit back and applaud. That woman
Response by GabrieMar
7, 1997 (17:23)
I just loved this book, ordered it through a bookstore here in Sweden
for 110 Skr, about 10 pounds, it's a paperback and on it it says "as read
on Women's Hour" so the book must have been quite a success... a pity I
missed the radio reading... It's truly great fun :)
Response by amy2
Mar 9, 1997 (21:24)
The best P&P "sequel" (actually, it's a modern update) I've
read is: Kate Fenton's LIONS & LIQUORICE. An absolute scream,
and darned if I don't have a topic posted on this very board about it!
Posted by Kate
on April 06, 1997 at 00:02:56
My copy of this finally arrived from Amazon.com today and I finished
it this afternoon. It's great!! and a great plot twist right in the middle.
For those of you who haven't heard of it, it's a novel about a television
production company that comes to a village to film P&P, and it's a
kind of contemporary version of the plot with the Darcy character as the
(female) director of the production and the Lizzy character as a local
(male) resident. Very clever, and kept you trying to spot the parallels
and work out how the author would use P&P in her own plot. By
BTW, very strong language if that offends you.
Posted by LynnMon
April 22, 1997 at 15:46:50:
I finally was able to read Lions and Liquorice. What a wonderful
story. I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud while reading
a book. Thank you to all of you for the recommendation. I only wished I
was able to read it sooner to participate in the discussion back on the
Posted by Lynn on
May 15, 1997 at 18:50:15:
I enjoyed it. After reading all the period pieces, it was kind of a
shock to read some of the language, but I did like the story. I liked how
they adjusted the incidents in P&P to fit with modern times.
Review by Lynn Lamy,
I liked this, thought it was fun to read, and I was looking for the
tie-ins the whole time (it is a modern day adaptation of the P&P
story). It has some foul language and some sex, so if you don't mind
that you'll probably like the story.
Review by Jane
Elizabeth, September 20, 1997
A BBC film crew arrives to film a version of Pride and Prejudice
in rural England, and romance and intrigue ensue. Anyone who is smitten
with P&P will have fun with this book. The author cunningly
reverses the sexes of the major characters, and figuring out who is who
is entertaining. She cleverly handles the transposing of the
plot elements to modern day, without straining one's credulity overtly.
This book may be difficult to find in the U.S., but it is worth seeking
Posted by Kate on
October 19, 1997 at 22:51:57:
There is actually a published novel called Lions and Liquorice
by Kate Fenton, which does update P&P.
It's about a film crew shooting a production of P&P in an
English village. The Darcy character is the (female) film director, the
Lizzy character is a local (male) writer.
It actually works quite well and is certainly the best P&P
sequel/spin off that I've ever read!
Review by Linda Waldemar,
I loved this book! It is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice.
The premise of the story is that a film crew comes to a small Yorkshire
village to film location shots for an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
Most of the basic plot elements are used, and, most of the major characters
are present. However, the genders of the characters are all reversed.
Nicholas Llewellyn Bevan, an impoverished writer corresponds to >Elizabeth
Bennet. Mr Darcy is represented by Mary Hamilton, the efficient,
unemotional, rich and powerful director. Nick's widowed brother-in-law
is the Jane Bennet character. And Mr Bingley is the soft-hearted,
easily persuaded star of the movie.
As for some of the plot points, we have the snub and the separation
of the secondary hero and heroine by Mary Hamilton, in much the same way
as Mr Darcy does it. There is a Wickham type who disparages Mary
which keeps the main hero and heroine apart. There is a mostly unexpected
meeting. And, a Lydia who allows Ms Hamilton to save the day.
All this is done in a 90's style and done very credibly. There
is one technique that had me confused for a little bit. Nick ...
nope, I will let you discover it for yourself. Although I knew how
it would end, it was fun to see how it was done. It was also fun
to map Kate Fenton's characters to Jane Austen's. All in all, this
was a really fun read.
While I whole-heartedly recommend this book, young readers should beware;
there is a small amount of explicit sex. Although it is done tastefully,
I would probably give it an R-rating. I think that there is also
foul language, but I am not so familiar with British slang as to be able
to identify all of those words and phrases. So, if you are of age, you
should read this book; I think that you will enjoy it..
Comment by Yvetteon
July 7, 1998
Fiction and reality are blended in this modern twisted adaptation of
and Prejudice. The story was entertaining and humourous. It was especially
fun to watch for parallels to the Jane Austen classic. The traditional
roles are reversed and, for a while, nobody seems to be who you think they
are. The language is quite explicit. Watch out if you are easily offended.
Otherwise... lots of fun to read.
Posted by Barbara
on August 08, 1998 at 01:00:42:
I just adore this book! It's such great fun to figure out who is supposed
to be who, and which events parallel each other. The way it is written
is extremely clever, I find!
Review by Misty Ann
Khan, September 18, 1998
If you are a big Jane Austen fan, if you can quote several of the best
lines from P&P, if you've often wondered what would these characters
be like in modern times, and especially if you have had the foresight to
contemplate how the characters would behave if their genders were reversed
- this book is for you!
As an American, I found some of the dialogue in Lions & Liquorice
a bit hard to follow - and that is given seven years of listening to colloquialisms
offered by my British husband, his sister, and my British-want-to-be brother.
There is also quite a bit of vulgar language but, again, these phrases
might not be as harsh to British readers.
My other complaint would be that these characters and their relationships
with each other were not developed as much as I would have liked.
Perhaps Ms. Fenton felt that most of the readers would already be well
aquatinted with the characters through their love of P&P.
Still, I would have liked for Mary Hamilton to have had more time to observe
Nick behaving very lovingly toward his son and brother-in-law - just as
Darcy formed some of his opinions regarding Elizabeth from witnessing her
affection for Jane. Also, we don't see enough of Nick's wit and character
to really entice Mary into taking that leap from casual sex to semi-committed.
And finally, Mary doesn't seem to go through as much of a transition as
Darcy - she isn't as bad initially and she doesn't reform as much finally.
However, the plot twists which allow for the gender reversal were really
terrific. There were some holes - Mary's father strikes me as being
a character that I'd like to have seen more of. Mr. Hamilton reminds
me more of Mr. Bennet than of Lady Catherine and yet, he makes a pretty
big leap in determining Nick's character rather quickly. Never the
less, as someone who had contemplated writing a modern day P&P with
the genders reversed - I was really impressed with How Ms. Fenton pulled
it off. Using the movie industry as a setting was truly brilliant!
L & L has some very funny dialogue, some great situational
comedy (LOL) and also a few parts that tug at your heart strings (I'm not
ashamed to admit that I shed a few tears for Nick). Had a little
bit more time been spent on expanding the characters and a little less
profanity been used - this could have been a phenomenal book. As
it stands, it is still a very enjoyable read.
Thank you, Ms. Fenton, for giving us JA fans a little more fun reading!
Review by Julie Prall,
Truly laugh-out-loud funny. I liked all the twists and turns,
and trying to figure out which of Fenton's characters corresponded to JA's
characters kept me busy. Yes, there's some sex in the book, but it
is between consenting adults and is not gratuitous. On the contrary,
it helps advance the plot, so I had no problem with it. As for the
foul language, people do talk like that, which made the story all the more
Review by Nadine Mendoza-Province,
12 Jan 2000
Pretty delightful and fun. Fenton is a clever, hip, contemporary writer,
but her affection and reverence for JA is clear. It's very BRIT and for
those of us who're born-and-bred American, passages may have to be read
more than once to understand the frothy colloquialisms. Still, it's definitely
worth it. Lead character Llew, enamored of Mary Dance (think Elizabeth
as a man and Darcy as a woman), is a character readers will like and want
to know more about. It may prove especially fun for those fans of A&E's
P&P, who might have wondered what was going on behind-the-scenes
(even though the director of that fine and wonderful adaptation is actually
a man) or at least imagined what might have happened -- Fenton's creative
rendering does a fun job. It's even set pretty much at the same time the
A&E mini was shot.
Written by Whitney(2/1/2000
I just finished reading Lions and Liquorice by Kate Fenton,
a book I found about from this board and the sequels page. What fun! A
gender-reversed, modern update of Pride and Prejudice that just
bubbled along. I enjoyed matching up the characters and attempting to predict
how she was going to make the plot points happen. I liked the little structural
twist given to the book by the male Lizzy character, but I won't give anything