Giveaway Time: Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg and Lost in Austen

Elizabeth Eulberg is probably someone that many of you have met over they years, but you don’t realize it. She is Stephenie Meyer’s publicist who set up hundreds of events, has laid out thousands of books to be signed, etc. Well last year Elizabeth was a published author herself with her debut novel, Lonely Hearts Club (which we found out about on a Google alert because Elizabeth was too modest to tell us!) This year, Elizabeth’s next novel has just come out. It’s called Prom and Prejudice and it’s an updated retelling of the classic Jane Austen Novel.

We are total Jane Austen addicts around here. Lori and Laura have read more Jane Austen fanfic than they can possibly remember. They can also recite many of the Austen novels by heart, and critique every move adaptation…they have seen them all. If you want an earful, just ask them about the pig incident when they saw the Kiera Knightly version together.

Laura read Prom and Prejudice in one morning on her Kindle because she couldn’t put it down. (Shhh don’t tell Elizabeth, but Laura thought she would hate it because she’s read soooooo many crappy, updated versions of Pride and Prejudice. She was worried about coming up with euphemisms that didn’t divulge her dismay. Fortunately, they were not necessary since she loved the book!)

Publishers Weekly just interviewed Elizabeth about this new book:

Have you long aspired to write fiction?

I remember always telling myself stories when I was little. And when I moved to New York fresh out of college, I started to write a book in my head about that experience. But I never thought of actually writing a book—I think because I’m too practical. When I started working in publishing, I became more hesitant to write, since I was surrounded by so many amazing authors. So I put off doing it. Then one night, while I was still at Scholastic, I was having dinner with Dav Pilkey and he said, “You really should write a book,” and he wouldn’t let me forget about it, which I thank him for.
When you finally decided to tackle a novel, why did you choose to write for teens?
In publishing, I’ve always worked in that world and mostly read YA novels. Also I remember being in high school so well. It’s a time in your life that you’re figuring out a lot of things, including who you are. It’s a time that’s ripe for drama. And teen readers are the sweetest ever. They really get into a book. I’ve received some really amazing letters from readers and find this a great audience to talk to.

What led you to revisit Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice—is that novel a particular favorite of yours?

My mother was a school librarian, so I grew up with someone who loved books—in fact I was named after Beth in Little Women and I have a sister named Meg. Books were always a big part of my life and I’ve always loved Jane Austen. I think she’s one of the greatest novelists of all time. It’s amazing that she wrote Pride and Prejudice almost 200 years ago and it still resonates today.

I was having a conversation with a friend about the novel, and we talked about how it is a story that fits in well with current times and has influenced popular culture—think of Bridget Jones’s Diary and the Bollywood movie Bride and Prejudice. I began thinking about how it might be retold with teenage characters, though I was a bit nervous about doing a modern retelling of one of the most classic works of all times—no pressure there!”
Read more here.

Well to celebrate Elizabeth’s book and to do a thank you for all the help she’s given us over the years, we thought we’d do a giveaway.

We will send one lucky person an autographed copy of Prom and Prejudice and a copy of one of our very favorite Jane Austen films, Lost in Austen. You can be anywhere in the world to win, but be advised that we only have DVD versions that are for the USA and Europe (AKA regions 1 and 2)

So just put a comment in the box about what you love about Jane Austen or Elizabeth and we’ll pick out a random winner on Sunday at 11:59pm eastern.

Comments

  1. i love jane austen :D
    this book looks interesting

  2. Well, I love Elizabeth Eulberg’s book Lonely Hearts Club, so I’m sure I’d end up loving this book as well! Plus, I’m on a mission to try and read 120 books this year alone!

  3. I really want to read Prom & Prejudice because I love Pride & Prejudice (one of my favorites)!

  4. Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility are my favorites by Jane Austen :) Thanks for holding this contest… I think it’s great! If I don’t win, I’ll have to go out and get my own copy of Prom & Prejudice, it sounds really good!

  5. Dayi Martinez says:

    i love jane austen for her creativity and independence. she must have been a very strong woman. she’s inspired movie adaptations and other books that i love and of course she inspired stephenie meyer :) and of course i love elizabeth for her hard work concerning the twilight saga and the fact that she likes jane austen too

  6. I love the Jane Austen books!!! You can get lost in them so easily! They transport you to another world, and time. I look forward to reading what Elizabeth Eulberg wrote too!! :)

  7. What I love about Jane Austen would have to be how relatable her stories and characters are to modern people today. Her work trendsends time. people can truly grow to love the characters as if they were personal friends or foes.

  8. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was the first classic novel I read on my own (not forced on me by my teachers). I’ve always enjoyed reading it, and I recently downloaded all of Austen’s books onto my Kindle app on my iPhone becsuse I had the urge to read Sense & Sensibility a few weeks ago! :)

  9. I love Jane Austen! She’s was an amazing writer! I would love to read this book, I’ve heard great things about it:-)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. I loved Elizabeth’s first novel and have been looking forward to Prom and Prejudice! Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors and I love reading or watching any adaptation. Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. Surferchick says:

    I love Jane Austen’s insight into the relationships of her characters in her books. There is more depth than at first meets the eye. And her female protagonists are strong and independent. They are great role models for our girls. I love that. Thank you for getting the information out about Elizabeth’s book! You guys are the best!

  12. I love Jane Austen because she sees through people’s politeness and correctness and into their true opinions and motivations. She’s not afraid to call them out for their inconsistencies and absurdities. Her characters are so subtly drawn that it sometimes takes me a long while to really appreciate what makes them great. I love that she reminds us how to LOVE.

  13. Jane Austen is simply amazing! I started reading her books to both my girls when they were only 3 & 4 and now at ages 8 & 13 they too are lifelong fans. . . . even tending to express themselves in late 18th century prose. We homeschool and have the opportunity to incorporate Austen’s works into so many facets of our studies – reading, history, humanities, philosophy, art, music – and we take advantage of each and every chance we get!

  14. cecilia jimenez says:

    I love Jane Austen’s style. she has a way of conveying the society that she lived in. Also I love that her stories end in with a happy ending

  15. Just two summers ago I read all of Austen’s book and have seen almost all versions of all the films pertaining to them, so I am very excited to hear about this book. I haven’t been able to tear myself away from Twi-ff, but maybe someday I will ask for recs on the Austen-ff. ;) I have Lost in Austen saved on my DVR. This contest is win-win!!

  16. I’ll be honest I have a hard time reading Jane Austen. I’ve only read Pride & Prejudice. I think she is a great writer & I like learning about what life was like for women during her time.

  17. What can be said about Jane A books. It’s such a vivid storytelling that transforms you into her time. It makes you live her world with her. What a great prize to have! Classic!!

    WINNER

  18. I love Jane Austen because her stories are timeless and still relevant to our lives. Quite a feat!

  19. I love Austen because she showed me at a young age that true love is noble and worth waiting for, don’t settle for just anyone.

  20. Rhonda Kolb says:

    What I love about Jane Austin is her ability to tell a romantic/comical story that stands on it’s own, yet at the same time they clearly illustrate society’s expecations about social standing, and a women’s place in the world.

  21. Jane Austen’s stories are timeless. She wrote what she felt, what she observed. We all yearn for our own Mr. Darcy, our own Mr. Knightley. I know I do.. I love retellings and Elizabeth Eulberg’s Prom and Prejudice sounds really good. Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy in a private school, who would have thought!

  22. I’m such a hopeless romantic! That’s why I love the works of Jane Austen and why I will probably love Elizabeth Eulberg’s novel :)

  23. This looks like a very interesting book & would love to read it!!!

  24. Camille LB says:

    I’ve always been an Austen Fan. It started when I studied Emma in English litterature and it never stoped. I also loved the Keira Knightley interpretation of the book Pride and Prejudice. Most people don’t agree with me, but my favorite of all her books is Persuasion.
    Furthermore, I loved The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth. It’s about girl power which I think is important. It’s not just a lovey dovy story. I haven’t got the chance to meet her yet, but I’ve contacted through emails. What I appreciate the most is that she is alwys verry nice in her answers, very polite and she seems very fun.

  25. I love Jane Austen! She takes you to a time when chivalry is not dead. Her stories show you real women with quick wit & humor. Her books are timeless & I read them over & over. My favorite has to be Pride & Prejudice. I am happy to say I have my Mr. Darcy!! I love all things Austen & my family won’t watch any movies with me, due to reciting the lines from the books as the movie is going! LOL!!!! I can’t wait to read the Prom & Prejudice! :)

  26. I love Jane Austen and this sounds great!

  27. I love Jane Austen because her novels are about very modern women. Darcy and Brandon are my favourite male characters! :)

  28. I’m a huge Austen fan, she writes in detail about everyday life in a society which has disappeared but I think every woman across time has dreamed about being Lizzie or Fanny etc, meeting the perfect gentleman and slowly making him fall in love with them despite any obstacle that there might be!

  29. I love Jane Austin!!! I would love to read the book by Elizabeth!!! I hope I win :)

  30. WHo doesn’t love Jane Austen? She’s so detailed.

  31. Jane Austen is one of the best writers ever her books are clearly timeless because ppl can relate.

  32. Austen’s the master of writing dialogue. She would have made a great sitcom writer!

  33. I love how Jane Austen manages to be funny and satirical in an age characterized by fuddy-duddy, wordy, melodramatic novels.

  34. i love jane austen and pride and prejudice is my favorite! elizabeth and mr. darcy are one of the all time great couples!

  35. I grew up reading Jane Austen books, so they’re a huge part of my childhood. I’ve always been a huge reader, and her books are a big part of me falling in love with reading in the first place. My favorite has to Pride and Prejudice. :)

  36. I’ve grown up reading Jane Austen novels- her books are totally un-putdownable. My favoutites are Pride and prejudice and Mansfield Park. I want to check out Elizabeth’s book too, so I’d love to win! :)

  37. What I love most about Jane Austen is that her stories are so universal, they still speak to us today and are still garnering new fans every day. How many stories can do that? And Elizabeth is the quintessential heroine – a little feisty, somewhat outspoken, not afraid to own up to her mistakes.
    Margay

  38. You guys are super sleuths. I never would have made the connection between Stephanie Meyer and this new author. I’ve been reading lots of good things about Prom and Prejudice on Austen review blogs. I went and got Lonely Hearts club from the library so I could try her out. I’d love to get a copy of Elizabeth Eulberg’s P&P! :)

  39. Love Jane Austen!

  40. I loved the Lonely Hearts Club. It totally took me back to the feelings associated with my teenage years. Plus Elizabeth is just way cool.

  41. little-freak says:

    What I really love about Jane Austen is that she writes about strong and independent women. Even though a lot has changed since when those novels were written you can still learn a lot from her novels.

  42. How can you not love Jane Austen? It’s amazing to see how close to home her characters hit, even after so long. The themes represented in her works are universal, and I only hope that they will continue to resonate when I have my own daughter someday!

  43. Christine L says:

    I love Jane Austen books because when I read them, I feel like I truly get a sense of what it would be like to live in her time. They transport me. I haven’t read Prom and Prejudice yet, but it looks like something that I’d love to add to my library! Thank you for the opportunity!

  44. Jane Austen is one the greasest female novelists of all time. Her books pull you in and you feel like your really there. When i read her novels i couldnt put them down.

  45. I love Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice was the first of her novels that I’ve devoured, when I was young. And I love the BBC version with Colin Firth… ahh, Mr. Darcy’s long looks. :shivers: Have you read Mr. Darcy’s Daughters? It keeps true to Austen’s style of writing while continuing the story in a believable way. I’ve read several other continuations that aren’t as believable. *cough* Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife *cough*
    I would be pleased as punch to read this new adaptation. And Lost in Austen is an amazing movie, I watched it all in one sitting not realizing it was so long!

  46. I would love to win this! I am a total Jane Austen addict. I love all her books, but Pride and Predjudice is my favorite. I’ve seen most of the film adaptations, and the BBC version of Pride and Predjudice (with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy) is my absolute favorite.

  47. Because of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” I stumbled on the “Prom and Prejudice” booktrailer and since I’m hooked and would love to read this book! Sounds very interesting :D

  48. I love Jane and all her novels. Here characters are so great, and I love the way most of the break the mold of that time. LOVE THEM!

  49. I loved Elizabeth Eulberg’s book Lonely Hearts Club! I thought it was a great book.

  50. I love Jane Austen books. They are the foudation of what all romantic stories are built on. How can you not love the classics?

    • I love the pure romance of Jane Austen. There’s way too many different reasons I love her books but the romance tops it for me. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are one of the ideal romantic characters of all time, for me.

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