I love Pride and Prejudice, but I have to admit I'd pretty much figured that one parody (Pride & Prejudice & Zombies) was all I could handle. I was wrong. In fact, I wish I'd read this one first and skipped Zombies altogether. Not to drag out the comparison, but Zombies was a one-trick pony, and this hilarious little gem is a riot from start to finish. The author makes unabashed and irreverent fun of one of literature's most beloved classics, but he does it with a wink and a nod that also convey a respect for the source material. He uses play-on words, puns, and a stripping away of all character veneer to get down to the sheer humor in all the book's situations to deliver a laugh a minute without ever devolving into roll-your-eyes silliness. Smart, well-written, and funny. I think even Austen would have laughed.
If you don't know Pride and Prejudice (really? Have you been living under a rock?) read it first; you can't appreciate this parody unless you know what is being made fun of. The author has taken the Austen story and stood it on its head, to hilarious effect. I didn't just grin, sometimes I laughed out loud. I believe some thought this was disrespectful to the original author; I'd look at it more as similar to what Weird Al does with music videos, the original must be both good in its way, and well-known, else the joke would be lost.
Jane Austen fans will laugh through Pied & Prodigious. D.M. Andrews had gone scene-by-scene through the familiar masterpiece and turned it on its head. The comedy of manners now focuses on tall hats, height and notable lack of accomplishment. Lizzy is lamentably unattractive as she is too short and a flurry of prodigious accomplishments. Mr. Dicey, of the tall hat and Pied suit, is the fashionable man of means (AKA a vast wardrobe). From the vampire de Bore to the Blingley siblings, all the Austen characters are transformed. It's a hoot!
All of the "cutsie" names and references got on to be too much. By the end of the first chapter I could NOT read any further. Good thing that this travesty did not cost very much. Jane Austin should not be messed with by someone who THINKS they are funny.