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. What ISN’T to love about Jane Austen?! :-)

    Seriously though…I love how much I can FEEL the story she tells. Despite the age of the stories, there is no awkward language break, the themes and characters are all relatable… Again, what’s not to love?

  2. Pride and Prejudice is one of my all-time favourite books. After seeing the BBC miniseries (Colin Firth!) I began reading P&P at least once every year. It is pretty much the perfect romance (and a template, directly or indirectly, for so many of the romantic novels and movies that followed Austen).

  3. I’ve always loved Austen’s feisty women! I am one today, in part, because of her.

    So looking forward to this book!

  4. Freakin Loon says:

    Can’t wait to read it!

    If I don’t win, I’ll definitely download it to my Kindle!

  5. Elizabeth is one of my FAVORITE fictional characters. She’s a strong woman, in a time when women were suppose to be proper, submissive, and accepting of whatever is handed to them. She refuses this role, and paves her own way. She rejects marriage with a creepy, odd, suitor who could possibly be her sole means of saving her family home and her own future. She refuses the proposal of another, who is pompus and arrogant, but could also rescue her from her fate.
    Elizabeth rejects, the notions of her era, yet still remains feminine, thoughtful of her foolish family, and caring of others.
    Elizabeth ROCKS!

  6. Jane is a classic and Elizabeth does an amazing job adapting P&P. Both of Elizabth’s books are so memorable. I loved them both.

  7. Austen sets up all the challenges and imbalances of her world – class divides, the threat of poverty, the perilous position of women – and then gives her heroines a happy ending against the odds. Her books are the perfect escapism.

  8. I just think it’s amazing/crazy how applicable and timeless Austen is! We all still love her and love revising and rereading her stories! I’m sure this one is super well done!

  9. HUGE Pride and Prejudice fan! Love the book…love the movie!!

  10. I was delighted when I read in Twilight that Bella is a Jane Austen fan as I am a dyed-in-the-wool Austenite. Prom and Prejudice sounds like a book I would enjoy reading.

  11. I love the evolution of relationships in Austen’s novels.

  12. Brianne Salisbury says:

    I love Jane Austen novels and movies mainly because of their era. I also love how it’s classic romance and the relationships usually don’t just start up immediately, rather, the people usually don’t get together till the end of the movie (Pride & Prejudice, for example).
    I also love Elizabeth, of course! The Lonely Hearts Club was actually recommended to me by one of my friends and when I saw the title I had to read it. I’m a major Beatles fan so I loved how she mixed The Beatles into the book and how she put John, Ringo, George, and Paul in the acknowledgements :) Basically, I love that Elizabeth is a Beatles fan and I love her style of writing! I was hooked as soon as I read the little summary and I could not put the book down!

  13. Cathi Woods says:

    I LOVE Jane Austin – she’s my favorite classic author. I even took a college english class that was 100% Jane Austin. I’ve read all her books several times, but Pride and Prejudice is my favorite. I also have about four different versions of the movie. I really love Elizabeth and Darcy’s story, how two completely different people come to love each other – it’s classic!

  14. terri griffin says:

    I have always enjoyed Jane Austen novels and would love to read a new take on Pride and Prejudice. Just love Mr. Darcy!

  15. Well Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. I’ll never forget how excited I was when my mom and aunt sat me down and said it was time for me to watch Pride & Prejudice. It was the old BBC version from the 70′s or 80′s and I kept begging them to tell me how it turned out because it seemed so hopeless. I’m so glad they didn’t because it’s a precious memory. I can’t wait to read Elizabeth’s new books because I think only somebody that loved Jane Austen can write adaptations.

    Don’t even get me started on the Keira Knightly fiasco version. It’s almost as bad as some of the recent versions PBS did, I think their Persuasion was the worst but I can’t remember.

  16. OOOOh…I want the Prom and Prejudice. It’ll give me something to read for my Twilight Book club contest! Please pick me!

  17. Hi,

    What I love about Elizabeth is that she is completely ahead of her time. She does not put up with anything and knows that what she wants is worth it in the end! PICK ME

  18. Megan Mc Dade says:

    Thanks for the contest love the way you guys make them worldwide giveaways.

    I love Jane Austen, my favorite book is by far Pride and Prejudice. It is amazing. I dont know how many times I have read it.

    Also Prom & Prejudice is one of my books to read in 2011 so hope I win :)

  19. I loved “The Lonely Hearts Club” by Elizabeth and would absolutely LOVE to win this giveaway! Thanks for the chance! :)

  20. I love Pride & Prejudice, and it sounds like Prom & Prejudice is great too! I can’t wait to read it.

  21. Twilight dreamers says:

    I read Lonely hearts club last year and loved it! Its amazing and so cool that two AMAZINGLY GOOD authors can be friends:) I love that fact. I hope I win but if I dont im getting a copy ASAP, Thxs for the update! And good luck everyone!

  22. I LOVE AUSTEN. She was a great writer and I loved all of her books. I especially like that she writes such strong female characters. My favorite would definitely be Elizabeth Bennet. And who isn’t at leat half in love with Darcy. I have also read and seen many adaptions which I have also liked, but none can really came close to the originals.I’m addicted to all things Austen and would love the chance to read Prom and Prejudice and see Lost in Austen.

  23. I love Jane Austin because her characters are real. The books are full of women who are smart, strong, flawed and full of hope. When a books written so long ago can still grab a reader now, you know they are something special.

  24. Oh man, what do I like about Jane Austen? Persuasion is my favorite book. Period. The letter that Capt. Wentworth writes to Anne at the end…talk about making a reader’s heart go pitter-patter. Beautiful. And the 2005 Pride and Prejudice y’all mentioned is my all time favorite movie! I got the crazy chance to visit Chatsworth House, which was Pemberley in that film, and oh my gosh…there are no words. It was one of the best trips of my life. (I even got a picture with the bust of Darcy they had on display in the sculpture gallery ;) )

  25. I love both Jane Austen and Elizabeth Eulberg. Ms. Eulberg is a beautiful, kind woman who has been very kind, and sweet in replying to my questions on Twitter, which is something that so few authors take the time to do, and really makes her very unique in my book. Not to mention I have only positive thoughts and memories about her books, both of which were absolutely wonderful.
    Prom and Prejudice was a modern re-telling of a wonderful, beautifully crafted novel. Ms. Austen is one of the most talented authors in history and her books are miracles in the form of writing.
    Although each has a unique feel to it when read, both the novels have similarities, not only in subject matter, but in the way they evoke emotion, which is the highest commendation to both Ms. Eulberg and Ms. Austen. It is becoming increasingly rare to find books which can really grab you by the heart and the gut and never let go.

  26. Cathie in Ut says:

    This sounds like a fun book to read so maybe if I don’t win I will buy it anyway! LOL
    I loved the Lost in Austen on PBS and would love to share it with my JA loving friend!

  27. This book looks awesome. Pride and Prejudice is a classic! Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Human vulnerabilities never change. That is what I love about Jane Austen. All of her novels touch you on a level that you might not admit to but you can always relate in some fashion. I didn’t know about Elizabeth’s pervious novel (though my interest is now peaked), but I would love to read one related to Pride and Prejudice (my favorite Austen novel).

  29. I love Austen’s books because they’re so unlike today’s major romances, but yet incredibly more powerful and memorable. Her love stories aren’t filled with steamy love scenes, excessive violence, or vulgar humor (as is the case with many romantic films today). The characters fall in love with each other based on their conversations and feelings. To me, Jane Austen has come the closet to writing true love as any other author since.

  30. sounds like a book i would like, after reading eclipse knowing bella read jane austins books i gave it a try and fell in love with her books. Jane austins books are one of my favorites to read. =)

  31. What I love about Jane Austen is that all her heroines are strong willed, smart, and confident women.

  32. EverythingRemindsMeofTwilight says:

    Even though her prose is not our “everyday speak”, I’ve always loved how relatable her characters are. I first read Pride and Prejudice when I was in high school and instantly connected with both Elizabeth’s prejudices and Darcy’s pride. I understood both and related to them personally. And was so very, very happy with the way the book concludes. There’s a peace and happiness there that is lost in a lot of modern novels. And, this is one of the reasons I love Stephenie Meyer so much. She gives us that peace, and happiness, and love in a more modern (and fantastical) setting.

  33. Well, since Elizabeth has laid out several of my books to be signed, she must be awesome! And since I have read every thing Jane Austen has written, I can’t wait to read this book with a new spin on things..after all, it is all about the dance.

  34. I think the real question here is what’s not to like Elizabeth’s books, or Jane Austin’s for that matter! But, an answer by a teenage girl, Mr Darcy and Ryan… duh! (also the Beatles)

  35. I love Jane Austen because her stories are deeply intriguing and unique that I can’t help but compare today’s society with that of the 18th century and also can’t help but imagine what it would be like to be in that kind of place, to experience the customs and attitudes they had at the time.

  36. My favourite book EVER is Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and I’ve had a crush on Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, since I saw the 1995-series about 13 years ago. My love for Mr. Darcy is strongly followed by my love of Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey, Captain Wentworth from Persuasion and Colonel Brandon from Sense & Sensibility. I love all Jane Austen’s books, all the series and movies made based on her books and books and series that use the Austen material.

  37. How not to love Austen’s sweet romance ? So beautiful, so pure, so good ! Pride and Prejudice is obviously my favorite book. But Northanger Abbey is so funny ! The only thing I regret is that Jane didn’t write more stories !

  38. I’m a huge Jane Austen fan and what I love about her and her work is the way she’s able to show us how it was in the homes of these interesting characters in a time that was not known to us but is still familiar to us even now. And I also love the change that the characters make in her novels which is a great comparison to Twilight !
    Thanks I really enjoy these contests !

  39. Monserrat says:

    I love Jane Austen
    My favorite book is Pride & Prejudice
    Most of the times I identify with elizabeth Bennet xD
    I’d love 2 have this book :)

  40. I love the way Jane Austen writes about love, loss and heartache. Everyday things that women of all ages can understand and relate to. Love the story Pride and Prejudice. Have been meaning to buy the book Prom and Prejudice and winning this would be a great way to read it and get an autographed copy.

  41. Kimberly S says:

    I heard about this book, and was immediately intruiged by it! I absolutely LOVE Pride and Prejudice, so I’d love to read this!

  42. Jane Austen is one of my favorite classic writers. Even after all these years, I find her stories accessible and brilliant. She had a superb sense of storytelling.

  43. ShannyKay says:

    I just love all the dashing men in Austen’s novels!

  44. What I love is the romance in her books and of course my fav is Pride and Prejudice so would love to read Elizabeth Eulberg’s retelling.

  45. I have always loved Austen books because of their realism and relatability

  46. I love Elizabeth Eulberg’s book Lonely Hearts Club.

  47. Well I haven’t read any of Elizabeth’s books, yet. But since she is SM’s publicist & has helped out in so many ways I love her for that.

  48. I already read “Sense and Sensibility” and “Pride and Prejudice” and I am currently reading “Emma”… I love how she describes the fellings of the caracters, you delve into the history, I fell in love of Mr. Willoughby and then broke my heart along with Marianne.And I love Mr. Darcy and Mr Knightly.

  49. I am a big fan of Jane as well. I would love see read this adaption. It sounds interesting! And if other avid readers approve I bet I will as well. :D

  50. I’ve heard wonderful things about Elizabeth, so i’m very excited to read her novel.
    I love Jane Austen, how timeless her stories are that people are still reading them today and many of todays leading men of literature have been based on Austen’s characters. my favorite is absolutely sense and sensibility. :)

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