Pride and Prejudice and KittiesPride and Prejudice and KittiesPride and Prejudice and Kitties
A Cat-Lover’s Romp Through Jane Austen’s Classic

Written by Pamela Jane and Deborah Guyol
Skyhorse Publishing
978-1634502634 paperback

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Where the adorable meets the absurd!
“Netherfield Park is marked at last.”
The news caused much romping at the Bennet household for,
as every cat knows, a handsome young tom in possession
of his own territory must be in want of a mate.
Pride and Prejudice and Kitties

Finally, Chick Lit meets Kit Lit! Pride and Prejudice and Kitties unites the enduring novelist with the endearing feline. Soulful Mr. Darcy gazes at Elizabeth with interest, admiration, or longing. Hysterical Mrs. Bennet complains that no one understands her, somnolent Mr. Hurst passes out after dinner, arrogant Lady Catherine hisses insults at Elizabeth. Pride and Prejudice works perfectly with cats! Pride and Prejudice and Kitties is a book for cat-lovers, Austen-lovers, and people who love to laugh – in other words, just about everyone.

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“Forget zombies, Jane Austen + kitties = brilliance.”—The Daily Dot

Book Excerpt

Mrs. Bennet pounced on Mr. Collins as soon as he was alone in the room. She was alarmed, however, upon hearing of Lizzy’s refusal.

“Lizzy is a foolish cat and does not know dry food from wet,” she cried. Then she hastened to Mr. Bennet’s library and jumped up on his chair, which she often used as a scratching post. She began to sharpen her claws energetically. ”Mr. Bennet, we are all in an uproar!” she screeched. “Lizzy has scampered away from Mr. Collins and now Mr. Collins threatens to run away from Lizzy!”

Reviews

“There are many, many spin-offs and parodies of Pride and Prejudice; from cat crossovers like Pride and Prejudice and Kitties: A Cat-Lover’s Romp through Jane Austen’s Classic.”–BBC America, 10 Ways to Celebrate 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice #10. Spin-Offs and Mashups

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“We give you Jane Austen and cats, and that means we’re in it for the long haul.”–The American Library Association’s Booklist Online

All Things Austen, a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice.–Wall Street Journal

“Now that they’ve taken over the Internet, cats are sinking their claws into classic literature.”–Mother’s Nature Network, Book reimagines Pride and Prejudice from a cat’s point of view

Pride and Prejudice and Kitties is a lighthearted labor of love aimed at pure amusement…everyone…can chuckle over a fat Siberian kitty in tartan and lace”–Willamette Week

“Pamela Jane and Portlander Deborah Guyol are the latest to mash up a beloved tale with an improbable situation…Pride and Prejudice and Kitties: A Cat-Lover’s Romp Through Jane Austen’s Classic tells the story from a cat’s point of view.”–StatesmanJournal.com

“I was hooked at the first line: ‘Netherfield Park is marked at last!’ A unique, cleverly written, and utterly hysterical re-telling of Pride and Prejudice. Presented with reverence to the classic novel, Pride and Prejudice and Kitties is humorous and witty in a style reminiscent of the original. Miss Austen would approve!”–Sharon Lathan, best-selling author of Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One, www.sharonlathan.net, www.austenauthors.com

“If you’re a Jane Austen fan, or a fan of furries, you’re going to fall in love with this book…Janeites will love the photos that include little head-nods to other Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen references–such as the Jane Austen for Dummies book in one photo and the Jane Austen figurine in another. Finding these throughout was a joy.”–The Bennet Sisters Blog.

“The cat photos and captions add whimsy to the book…similar to LOL Catz and the Internet…Cat lovers will enjoy the quirky tale.”–Portland Book Review

Pride and Prejudice and Kitties…has a lot of lolcat style pictures that I really enjoyed. It’s a cute book and actually is one of the first mash-up books that I’ve actually read. I could see this book being a fun gift for the cat or animal lover in your life…Overall, this was a pretty cute book.”–Paperblog

“Written for clever literature-lovers and fanatic feline-obsessives alike, Pamela Jane’s “Pride and Prejudice and Kitties” is a fun and furry re-telling of Jane Austen’s classic. This hilarious hardcover, which stars a cast of cat characters, includes several color cat photographs – framed with captions from Austen – per chapter, all captured by photographer Deborah Guyol. Curl up on the couch with your pet and enjoy this ‘purr’-fect 202-page volume!”–modcloth.com

“The book follows the spirit of P & P well, and also includes the original text. LOLcat-esque cat photos are also included in the chapters.”–Vonze’s Reader Blog

2013 Gift Guide: 30 Gifts for Your Cat Loving Friend–designsponge.com


Why Jane Austen and Cats?

cat chewing

I have no idea why or how I came up with idea of Pride and Prejudice and Kitties – a thoroughly ridiculous idea at best!  But then, Jane herself has an appreciation of the ridiculous.  And I like having fantasies about my cat’s  pursuits and preoccupations.  Isn’t that what cat-lovers do, have fantasies about their cats?  Dog-lovers don’t have fantasies because dogs act out everything and leave no room for the imagined. When our book came out, my coauthor, Debbie and I, were roundly accused of copying Pride and Prejudice and Zombies..  But the (unhappy) truth was we’d had been working on our concept and honing our query for over six years. Not to mention that it took almost eighty agents before we found one who sold the book. Originally the publisher asked for 100,000 words to go with the photos – almost as many words as in Pride and Prejudice itself!  We got them down to 30,000 but even now … Read on


How Pride and Prejudice and Kitties Came About

cat on desk

Pride and Prejudice and Kitties (originally called “Purr and Petulance”) began many years ago with the idea of combining the wicked humor of Jane Austen with the wackiness of cats. When we started out, we didn’t really know what we were doing (and that’s an understatement). We thought it was enough to take a cute cat photo and throw a quote from Pride and Prejudice at it. The idea of illustrating P&P with photos of kitties was so funny to us that we didn’t even think it mattered if the photograph related to the quote. In fact, to us it was funnier if it didn’t. Here’s an example: OK, so the letters look more like bills, and Mr. Bennet looks more clueless than surprised, but maybe he’s really bowled over by the thought that his dear Lizzy is about to become Mrs. Darcy! We blithely snapped a bunch of cat photographs, wrote a proposal and query letter, and began approaching … Read on


P&P = Guilt-free TV

little girl

I raised my daughter, Annelise, on the BBC P&P – perfect for when she was home sick.  You get six fairly guilt-free hours out of it.  You can’t say that with any other TV program. When she was about three, I was wheeling her in her stroller at our local mall when all at once she cried out, “Prejudice!” Everyone turned and looked at me accusingly; what was I teaching my kid? “Huh?” I said, leaning over the stroller. A big smile spread over her face. “Mr. Darcy!” she cried. The kid had the right idea.  Too bad no one at the mall appreciated it.   … Read on