On the pages of Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl, ten popular Austenesque authors sketch Elizabeth Bennet's character through a collection of romantic re-imaginings, sequels, and prequels of Pride & Prejudice, set in the Regency through contemporary times. With timeless verve, our Elizabeth Bennet bares her most intimate thoughts, all the while offering biting social commentary about life’s absurdities. She overcomes the obstacles of others’ opinions, not to mention her own flaws, to find a love truly worthy of her—all with humor and sparkling charm.
Stories by: Elizabeth Adams, Christina Boyd, Karen M Cox, J. Marie Croft, Amy D'Orazio, Leigh Dreyer, Jenetta James, Christina Morland, Beau North, and Joana Starnes.
Foreword by New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Tessa Dare.
"In the foreword, Tessa Dare paraphrased Jennifer Lunn Barnes when she said “Readers are drawn to characters who feel ‘Just like us but awesome.'” I’ve never really thought about it before, but I agree 100% with that statement. It explains why I love Lizzy and it explains why this book is so awesome. It’s a collection of short stories all about Elizabeth. How could I not love it?"
“How might Elizabeth and Darcy have argued after their engagement? What if Elizabeth had once considered going full Charlotte Lucas? Would Lizzy and Jane flourish if transported to a life of estates, hunts, and motor cars, or to Golden Age Hollywood, or to a university campus in the 1980s? What would Elizabeth want to teach her own grandchildren about love and marriage? These are some of the provocative questions that the fine Austenesque authors assembled in Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl set out to explore. The Quill Ink has done it again, in a splendid anthology of new stories reimagining the most delightful creatureto appear in print.” –Devoney Looeser, writer, editor, Guggenheim Fellow
"Austen fans, you are in for a treat. ... A highly recommended addition to the Jane Austen Fan Fiction world and a delightful read for all lovers of romance."~Marilyn Brant, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of According to Jane and The Knight Before Christmas
"A wonderful collection for Elizabeth Bennet admirers everywhere.” –Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author
"Edited by Christina Boyd, Elizabeth, Obstinate Headstrong Girl is an endearing and spunky anthology of short stories by a group of fine writers whose understanding of Elizabeth shines. Readers will fall in love with our obstinate, headstrong girl in all her many avatars including suffragette, a football expert and speech pathologist in training, a stage actress breaking into films at Pemberley Pictures, a teenage Elizabeth looking for love in the wrong places as well as much older and wiser Elizabeth who muses on the love of her life, Mr. Darcy. A cozy and heartwarming read, Elizabeth, Obstinate Headstrong Girl is a worthy companion to Boyd’s earlier anthology The Darcy Monologues." --Soniah Kamal, award winning author of the novel Unmarriageable, Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan
Congratulations are due to Christina Boyd and her team authors for another shining gem of an anthology! Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl is contemplative, compelling, and like Elizabeth Bennet, “uniformly charming!”
"The writing sparkles throughout the entire book. It elicits chuckles and tears, head shakes and nods, groans and cheers, and maybe a few swoons..."--Deborah Brown, Austenprose
“Was Elizabeth Bennet an obstinate, headstrong girl, or ‘as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print’? Find out by immersing yourself in this delightful concoction of short stories from ten very talented Austenesque authors, and enjoy following one of Jane Austen’s favourite heroines as she is superbly portrayed across a selection of tales set from the Regency era to the present day.”—Cass Grafton
"Although I am very fond of Mr Darcy, the character that made me love the book more than any other was Elizabeth. Reading the Austenesque genre, where Austen's characters (most often the ones from P&P) take different paths and are put into different scenarios, the ones I like best are the ones that keep the characters as true to Austen's creations as possible. This means that I don't like a perfect Elizabeth, who is super-talented, and a Mary-Sue paragon of all the virtues. I like an Elizabeth who I can relate to and who I would have wanted to be friends with. The title of this book highlights what the Elizabeths of these short stories all have in common - they are obstinate, headstrong girls, and as long as this characteristic is not taken to excess, that is no bad thing!..."
"This has been one of my favourite books this year, and I believe all readers will find something to love in it too. I highly recommend it...."
Editor of Jane Austen Made Me Do It, Laurel Ann Nattress, recommends "Elizabeth: Obstinate Headstrong Girl for its pluck and amusingly decided opinions."
"So I really loved and enjoyed all these stories! Especially how each author took the theme of 'obstinate headstrong girl' and worked it to create five very different stories that still kept the heart of Jane Austen and the fire plus wit of Elizabeth."
"I LOVE IT!"
"It isn’t Jane Austen and hardcore Austen fans might not appreciate some of the liberties that were taken with the personalities and time periods, but less picky readers will appreciate and enjoy Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl for what it is: a fun and interesting collection of stories that take a different look at characters we all know and love."
"...over the last few weeks, I've realized that Elizabeth: OHG — and other strong anthologies like it, and really, the entire genre of retellings/fanfiction — are important."--Misty, The Book Rat
"It’s time to welcome Sophia Rose to the blog for a guest review. Today she has a delightful anthology: Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl. Fans of Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice and Austen fans gather round…."--Sophia Rose
"I bring you a collection of stories and novellas edited by Christina Boyd, from The Quill Collective, whose works I have reviewed before, and here they revisit one of my favourite Austen characters. Perhaps because she’s headstrong as obstinate, and so am I. Oh, I’m participating in the blog tour for the release of the book, so apart from my review, there’s also a feature by one of the authors, J. Marie Croft, and a giveaway. Don’t miss them!"
"I've talked about Christina Boyd (The Quill Ink)'s Pride & Prejudice anthologies here on the blog before, mostly for Austen in August (surprise, surprise). Christina normally curates and edits these collections — which are stellar, might I add — but with the latest entry in the lineup, Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl, she's not only wearing her editor hat, but is making her debut as one of the featured authors as well...."
"Hi dear readers!! Who else has been patiently waiting for the next anthology from The Quill Collective?!? As you might remember, we are ardent admirers of all 4 previously released anthologies from The Quill Collective. If you don’t, see HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. But even though the multi-talented Christina Boyd has gifted Austenesque readers 4 fantastic collections of brilliant short stories, I tell ya friends, 4 is not enough! I am so glad Christina is here to share the beautiful cover for her 5th Austenesque anthology!!" (see link for full article)
"From the author feature for Beau North and her 'Love in Limelight' story from ELIZABETH: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl: As for what inspired my story, 'Love in Limelight', I owe a great portion of it to my favorite podcast, The Secret History of Hollywood. In his 'Bullets and Blood' series, host Adam Roche details the lives of the Warner family and the life of actor James Cagney. The Warner family fled Cossack-occupied Poland and would revolutionize cinema with the invention of the talking picture. It was the story of Sam Warner and his wife—Ziegfeld Girl Lina Basquette—that really captured my heart, and the long struggle that Lina endures after Sam’s tragic demise...."
"I’ve always had this idea that the story of Pride & Prejudice, cadence, tensions, characters, all, can be picked up and plopped down in a number of different time periods (even places) to great effect. It works especially well when the period in question was one of stringent social stratification but also subject to the pressures on oncoming change. ..."
"I can’t even tell you all how much I love the title of this book; it’s such a near, and dear quote to my heart — literally! I have this quote tattooed on my ribs with a peacock quill above it!" said Drunk Austen's admin R.
"It was wonderful to be part of Christina’s Dream Team again (thanks for asking me, Christina!) and the theme was just as irresistible. Our favourite obstinate, headstrong girl – it’s such a delight to write about her! As for short stories, they’re ever so rewarding to write. It’s very satisfying to imagine our dear couple moving swiftly towards their HEA, even if cutting to the chase brings its own challenges...."
"One of those stories is Leigh Dreyer’s 'The Last Blind Date,' a modern-day story that imagines Elizabeth as a grad student/waitress and Darcy as a soon-to-be oil company CEO. It’s set in Oklahoma, where (from what I gathered from the story) football is life (my husband would agree), and takes our dear couple on a blind date to a college football game. ..."
"Today I'm spotlighting the anthology Elizabeth: Obstinate Headstrong Girl and featuring an excerpt from Elizabeth Adams's story, 'Something Like Regret'."
"My story in Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl is titled 'Resistive Currents'—it’s the story of Beth Bennet, a 1980’s college student in what was (and still continues to be, although not to the degree it used to) an unusual field of study for women. My Beth is a student studying electrical engineering at fictional Fordyce University. ..."
"Antología de Elizabeth Bennet, una joven obstinada y decidida"
"Once, at a dinner party—perhaps I’d had more than my usual half-glass of wine—I told the man sitting next to me that I write Austenesque fiction. This I considered an act of some bravery, for I’m uncomfortable talking to anyone, much less strangers, about my writing. Just ask my husband, or my mom, or my cats; when they ask me how writing’s going, I usually make a face and say, 'You know…'” #OmgItsOHG