Well, now you technically can be. A range of “Personalised Classics” includes Pride and Prejudice. The great twist? You choose who you want to star as the main characters- giving them your names. You even get credited on the cover, “By Jane Austen… and [Your name!]”.
Some more details on the website include that it lets you change six of the characters names, “For example Mr Darcy may become Mr Benjamin Darcy. You can also write you own dedication which will appear within the book.”
The characters you get to change are: Lizzy, Darcy, Wickham, Jane, Charles Bingley and Lydia. You don’t have to replace all of them (you can leave Darcy as Darcy if you want!). Unfortunately, apparently all the last names stay the same. So you might end up with an Emma Bennet or a Matthew Bingley. (UPDATE: I’m not sure if you can change the surnames or not, as the option is on the UStar website to change surnames)
It’s quirky, funny and would make a tremendous gift! It isn’t too expensive (looks to be about $30 plus shipping) and I am definitely considering it for a few of my friends. Unfortunately, this website here (although the rest of the pictures look great) has a scarring spelling error (Jane AustIn) in one of the pages photographed, the image numbered 5… I hope this is an error that wouldn’t be in the final edition, but I have this horrible feeling that it will be. Another, very minor, grumble I have is that it would be nice to have the choice to order in Hardback as it is a gift book, and not something that I think would be carried around often.
The range also includes other great novels such as Alice in Wonderland, Frankenstein, Dracula, The Hound Of The Baskervilles, The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, Robin Hood, Romeo and Juliet (the great thing about this one is that the cover page is altered as well to something like Harry and Amelia), A Christmas Carol and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Overall, it seems like a great idea… but the execution could probably be a lot more sophisticated. Giving the opportunity to change surnames, place names and more characters would be fantastic and would help it feel less gimmicky.
COMING THIS MONTH FROM USTAR: The new range, which includes: Emma, Jane Eyre, Treasure Island, Peter Pan, Wind In The Willows, Frankenstein, Little Women, Great Expectations and The Importance Of Being Ernest.