Acting Up



[Reading] ➬ Acting Up ➳ Melissa Nathan – E17streets4all.co.uk It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a large ego must be in want of a woman to cut him down to sizeWhen journalist Jasmin Field lands the coveted role of Elizabeth It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a large ego must be in want of a woman to cut him down to sizeWhen journalist Jasmin Field lands the coveted role of Elizabeth Bennet in a one off fundraising adaptation of Pride and Prejudice she discovers that the play s director, Hollywood heart throb Harry Noble, is every bit as obnoxious as she could have hoped Which means a lot of material for her column And a lot of fun in rehearsalsAnd then disaster strikes Jazz s best friend abandons her for a man not worthy to buy her chocolate, her family starts to crumble before her eyes and her award winning column hits the skids Worse still, Harry Noble keeps staring at her As the lights dim, the audience hush and Jazz awaits her cue, she realises two very important things, one she can t remember her lines, and two Harry Noble looks amazing in breeches.Acting Up

Melissa Jane Nathan June April was a journalist and UK author of popular chick lit novels in the early sWhen working on Persuading Annie , Nathan was diagnosed with breast cancer She refused to let the illness dominate her life, and in public anyway was unfailingly positive She had no time for most journalism written by cancer sufferers self indulgent dirges without a helpline in sight , as she described them she tried to joke about cancer s unoriginality in her Jewish Chronicle column and then added That was what you call laughing in adversity It s what makes people smile mistily at me, as if I m fading in front of their very eyes while telling knock knock jokes What they don t know is that I have daydreams about being the oldest person at their funeralIronically, the characters in Nathan s first book, Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field , were starring in a play version of Pride Prejudice that benefitted breast cancer research The book was written prior to Nathan knowing about her own future diagnosis with the diseaseShe died aged from breast cancer in April She is survived by her husband, Andrew Saffron, and their son, SamHer final novel, The Learning Curve, was published posthumously in August A writing award has been established to recognize quality comedy romance writers in her honor.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader And a lot of fun in rehearsalsAnd then disaster strikes Jazz s best friend abandons her for a man not worthy to buy her chocolate, her family starts to crumble before her eyes and her award winning column hits the skids Worse still, Harry Noble keeps staring at her As the lights dim, the audience hush and Jazz awaits her cue, she realises two very important things, one she can t remember her lines, and two Harry Noble looks amazing in breeches."/>
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Acting Up
  • Melissa Nathan
  • English
  • 02 June 2017
  • 0099505797

10 thoughts on “Acting Up

  1. says:

    Originally published as Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field this was the very first modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice I read I rather liked the book at the time and gave it 4 stars, but on re reading it for the 2nd time, I had to downgrade The story is still entertaining and quite well adapted, but a bit too obvious We do not only have the modern counterparts of all major P P characters, but they are also chosen to play in a theatre adaptation of the very novel for charity, cast into the Originally published as Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field this was the very first modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice I read I rather liked the book at the time and gave it 4 stars, but on re reading it for the 2nd time, I had to downgrade The story is still entertaining and quite well adapted, but a bit too obvious We do not only have the modern counterparts of all major PP characters, but they are also chosen to play in a theatre adaptation of the very novel for charity, cast into their respective roles Double recycling or what It would have beeninteresting, had Harry Noble aka mordern Darcy been cast into the role of, let s say, Wickham or Mr Collins on stage.But mostly I had some serious issues with the protagonist, Jasmin Field In Jane Austen s novel, Elizabeth, though cheeky and a bit quick to criticise other people, is a delightful character sassy, spirited, witty and lively Jasmin, on the other hand, is smug, patronising, overbearingly judgmental, rude and sometimes downright vulgar and not only to Harry Noble aka Darcy , but to everyone around her, including her sisters and friends Maybe this suits the personality of a journalist, but needless to say, I found this mix rather repulsive and did not really understand why anyone would find this attractive I admit that the character change brought on by her confrontation with Harry and his revelation letter afterwards seemedspectacular this way and the lessons Jasmin got taught in humility are quite forcible She acts a much nicer person in the 2nd half of the novel altogether, but it won t make you forget how unlikeable she was before.Still, all in all, it is a pleasant, nicely converted, consistent story with actual characterisation and plot Believe me, I came across much, much worse attempts at modern adaptations

  2. says:

    Snark and Drama Jasmin Field knows she is no actor she is a journalist for a woman s magazine But on a lark she decides to tag along with her sister who is an actress to an audition for a fundraising adaptation of Pride and Prejudice But just before her audition she overhears the play s director the great and famous actor, Harry Noble refer to her as an Ugly Sister In response, Jazz as she is known to her friends gives him a rendition of Elizabeth Bennet refusing Mr Darcy s first Snark and Drama Jasmin Field knows she is no actor she is a journalist for a woman s magazine But on a lark she decides to tag along with her sister who is an actress to an audition for a fundraising adaptation of Pride and Prejudice But just before her audition she overhears the play s director the great and famous actor, Harry Noble refer to her as an Ugly Sister In response, Jazz as she is known to her friends gives him a rendition of Elizabeth Bennet refusing Mr Darcy s first proposal that perfectly embodies her very real emotions of disbelief, contempt, and abject fury.As you might guess, Jazz, even with her nonexistent acting experience, lands the role of Lizzy Bennet in the play And during her rehearsals and encounters with Harry Noble, her opinion of the arrogant and exacting director sink further and further Especially when she learns that he prevented fellow actor William Whitby from making it big in Hollywood and discovers that he convinced another actor to focus on his career and not his relationship with her sister Could she despise this loathsome man anyJust when she thinks the answer is no, Harry tells Jazz what he really thinks of her I am so glad I finally read this creative and clever modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice It is always fun to see characters work on putting a theatrical together And while it was perhaps a little clich to have each character of Ms Nathan s story play the corresponding character in the PP play, I greatly enjoyed being in the theatre atmosphere One of the elements I enjoyed most about this modern update was that it didn t completely follow a Pride and Prejudice formula and a lot of the events or situations were smartly updated To me, the alterations and twists produced a sense of unexpectedness Without giving too much away I will say I thought the Wickham Georgiana history update unique and accessible, albeit a bit darker, and the Wickham Lydia scandal stimulating because of everything else it brought about.Another element I enjoyed about this story was that it was British And filled with British slang, British expressions and British profanity With its Rightie ho, buggery bollocks, and talk of shagging and snogging it kind of reminded me of Bridget Jones a little And Harry with his shy reserve, awkward attempts at friendship, and tender concern is definitely close to Mark Darcy material The main reason this book didn t earn five stars with me is its heroine, Jasmin While I always love encountering Elizabeth Bennet reincarnations, I m afraid this one was just a little too prickly to earn my love and admiration Jazz is very quick and sharp with her wit, which is very like Elizabeth Bennet But instead of it being charmingly impertinent, Jazz sometimes came across very hard and cynical for my taste Perhaps if we sawof her softer and kind hearted side, her snarky side would have felt better balanced However, I truly did enjoy witnessing the impact of her learning the truth error of her ways and her period of self evaluation and realization That was well portrayed.Diverting and clever Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field is a wonderful choice for readers who can t get enough of Mr Darcy, modern Pride and Prejudice tales, and British romantic comedies While it won t make my list of top favorite modern Pride and Prejudice adaptations, I found much to appreciate and enjoy in the experience of reading this drama filled rendition Due to the use of profanity, I d recommend this story for readers over the age of 14.A note to potential buyers, this book is also published under the title of Acting Up.Austenesque Reviews

  3. says:

    I have been meaning to try this author for so long, but just needed the right push to get on with it Romance opoly challenge and Austenesque Lovers TBR challenge continue to inspire me this year to readbooks languishing on my shelves.So, Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field, a classic retelling within a modern retelling Yes We have a play adaption of Jane Austen s P P acted for a charity event with the players lives mimicking art in this one It is set in London and follows the life of w I have been meaning to try this author for so long, but just needed the right push to get on with it Romance opoly challenge and Austenesque Lovers TBR challenge continue to inspire me this year to readbooks languishing on my shelves.So, Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field, a classic retelling within a modern retelling Yes We have a play adaption of Jane Austen s PP acted for a charity event with the players lives mimicking art in this one It is set in London and follows the life of women s column journalist, Jasmin Field as she plays the part of impertinent Elizabeth Bennet across from top rated actor in the country, Harry Noble who set up Jazz s back long before their first bad meeting.Things progress in a marvelous comedy of errors type story as Jasmin is set in hate mode toward Harry and it doesn t help that she lets herself believe a charmer with lies on his lips Harry got on her bad side so she has no trouble believing the worst It is the shy, friendly side that startles her and throws her for a loop Meanwhile, her sister falls for the cutie nice guy actor and her flat mate plays the role of the pragmatic friend who settles for what she can get.But, it wasn t just comedy There were some deeper elements that came out abuse, gaslighting, integrity in journalism, feminism in these fields of industry, and the downside of the entertainment world beside all the glitter and glam.It was fun ciphering out which Austen character each modern character represented and then seeing how it all played out with this story set in the London theater world Austen s PP storyline was closely followed plot wise I had a good time with this one, particularly since I m an American enjoying the completely British flavor of this one even down to the slang There was some sparks flying and some memorable funny moments along with some good character growth and decisive moments.I will say that while I had fun with Jasmin as the main character I found her character crossed the line for a while from snarky into angry, bitter which wasn t attractive It did make her big aha moment bigger, and it was great watching her work through her thoughts and choices after that I didn t have much respect for her and Harry at times until later then I was rooting them on.All in all, it was a fast and engaging retelling with some sparkle and shine to it

  4. says:

    Boring, boring, boring She didn t even try to have any innovations on the plotline or the characters I think she even stole some of the lines from the original book Those she didn t she still attempted to sort of paraphrase in modern speak, very, very awkwardly There was no independence of spirit here Just a slavish, and very bad and insulting attempt at imitating Jane s plot And boiling it down to its simplest and most brainless parts ie the two romances, with none of the interesting Boring, boring, boring She didn t even try to have any innovations on the plotline or the characters I think she even stole some of the lines from the original book Those she didn t she still attempted to sort of paraphrase in modern speak, very, very awkwardly There was no independence of spirit here Just a slavish, and very bad and insulting attempt at imitating Jane s plot And boiling it down to its simplest and most brainless parts ie the two romances, with none of the interesting character ideas or wit or the side characters that Jane created Dude, they even have them be in a play of Pride and Prejudice, cast as their respective roles Just in case you didn t get by the title what this was all about Friends Stop giving this to me for my birthday I must ve been given four copies of this by now Even Goodwill is going to start rejecting them when I hand them over

  5. says:

    This tale of jaded journalist meets hunky star is really a lot of fun Jasmin Field finds herself roped in to audition for a charity production of Pride and Prejudice Unexpectedly, she is cast as Elizabeth Bennett She is somewhat in shock about this since she pretty much let the director know she was not terribly impressed with him And who is that director None other than gorgeous, sought after film star Harry Noble.This tale of a production coming together amidst Jasmin s career angst and t This tale of jaded journalist meets hunky star is really a lot of fun Jasmin Field finds herself roped in to audition for a charity production of Pride and Prejudice Unexpectedly, she is cast as Elizabeth Bennett She is somewhat in shock about this since she pretty much let the director know she was not terribly impressed with him And who is that director None other than gorgeous, sought after film star Harry Noble.This tale of a production coming together amidst Jasmin s career angst and tons of backstage drama really is a lot of fun The book is packed with quirky and likeable secondary characters, and I loved sinking into the characters world i.e Bridget Jones era London A couple threads of plot got a heavy handed resolution and I didn t care for how Jasmin treated her lifelong best friend, but otherwise this is an entertaining read.If you liked the books that came out heyday of chicken lit, you won t want to miss this one

  6. says:

    Quick enjoyable read but I can only give two stars because.Jazz Jasmin is so damn unpleasant even after realising her prejudiced mistakes she s still judgy and know it all..her failed friendship with Mo is simply sad and not okay. tasty is NOT a word to describe a sexy human..no big creativy here, P P recycling all the way..in the end everyone is partnered up and happyyyyy not one single lady, oh my Quick enjoyable read but I can only give two stars because.Jazz Jasmin is so damn unpleasant even after realising her prejudiced mistakes she s still judgy and know it all..her failed friendship with Mo is simply sad and not okay. tasty is NOT a word to describe a sexy human..no big creativy here, PP recycling all the way..in the end everyone is partnered up and happyyyyy not one single lady, oh my

  7. says:

    It is a truth universally acknowledged, at least by this particular reader, that Jane Austen adaptions set against an English setting are infinitelyenjoyable than their Americanized counterparts Although the setting of this particularly stunning modernization is not wholly the reason for my exuberant ardor of Pride, Prejudice, and Jasmin Field, it certainly did not diminish my fondness I can say without fear of exaggeration that this novel is one of my most favourite Austen inspired turn It is a truth universally acknowledged, at least by this particular reader, that Jane Austen adaptions set against an English setting are infinitelyenjoyable than their Americanized counterparts Although the setting of this particularly stunning modernization is not wholly the reason for my exuberant ardor of Pride, Prejudice, and Jasmin Field, it certainly did not diminish my fondness I can say without fear of exaggeration that this novel is one of my most favourite Austen inspired turn outs to date I can literally think of nothing negative to say about it which in itself it a staggering commendation indeed The story is centered on the title character of Jasmin Field, a journalist for a popular British women s magazine who has been invited to audition for an adapted stage production of Jane Austen s classic Pride Prejudice Although Jazz is certainly not the only known person to be invited to audition, she is certainly the only person not wholly motivated to snatch up a part simply because England s golden boy, the beautiful and popular Harry Noble, is directing the production Having, by way of her work, found the majority of the acting community to be nothing stellar behind the groomed and affected faces they present on screen, Jazz is prepared to find Harry Noble nothing but a spoiled, pompous twat whom expects nothing from the lower classes other than stupefied reactions to his presense and awe stricken groveling at his feet To her utter delight, Jazz is hardly disappointed at first Considering that this is, in fact, a modernization of Pride and Prejudice, the plot schematic is hardly difficult to anticipate Jazz, being the doppleganger of Lizzy Bennet, metaphorically as well as literally on stage will find a perfect match in Harry Noble, the personification of Mr Darcy himself again, both figmitively and, eventually, literally The usual story plays out, with a particularly horrid characterization of Wickham to come between them, and two characters meant to be Jane and Bingley falling in love while waiting in the wings By the end of the tale, Lizzy will discover she s been all wrong about Darcy from the start, and somehow, someway, Darcy will become a better person Indeed, the story is expectedly predictable but then again, isn t that why we love Austen modernizations in the first place Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field is an especially staggering deviation of the classic love story we have all come to adore Although the language is cruder, the detailsrelatable to the age, and the ending suggestively sexual eyebrow, eyebrow, wink, wink the heart of the tale is perfectly preserved by Ms Nathan s capable hand Prepare to fall in love all over again

  8. says:

    This started off and it was a very luke warm read At one point I just thought that I wasn t even going to bother finishing it.My initial problems with the book were a slow start and wooden characters in a storyline which was very predictable well it is if you re at all familiar with Pride and Predjudice by Jane Austen The writing wasn t the best The author would switch the point of view very randomly so you d be in the main characters head, thinking what they are and then all of a sudden yo This started off and it was a very luke warm read At one point I just thought that I wasn t even going to bother finishing it.My initial problems with the book were a slow start and wooden characters in a storyline which was very predictable well it is if you re at all familiar with Pride and Predjudice by Jane Austen The writing wasn t the best The author would switch the point of view very randomly so you d be in the main characters head, thinking what they are and then all of a sudden you d be inside another character s head and then suddenly switch back again The usual way to switch to a different character is to start a new chapter or a new section so it becomes obvious that this is intended.All these faults aside, the book suddenly perked up about half way through The characters becamealive and the storyline improved immensely so I started to enjoy reading it If this book had been polished off properly, it would have been an excellent read It felt like it was a little rushed and had a lack of attention to detail But I d still say it s worth a look

  9. says:

    If you re a fan of P P I think you ll probably like this It s not intense reading by any means, but it is funny and lighthearted It s also very short, so this would make the perfect beach read.The only thing I didn t care for was that Mr Darcy Harry Noble was an actor I think it s just a personal preference on my part, but I don t find acting to be a very sexy profession I get crushes on the characters actors play, but the idea of that actor himself Not so much I had a hard time relatin If you re a fan of PP I think you ll probably like this It s not intense reading by any means, but it is funny and lighthearted It s also very short, so this would make the perfect beach read.The only thing I didn t care for was that Mr Darcy Harry Noble was an actor I think it s just a personal preference on my part, but I don t find acting to be a very sexy profession I get crushes on the characters actors play, but the idea of that actor himself Not so much I had a hard time relating to Jazz getting all choked up because Harry made himself weep during his performance But that s just me

  10. says:

    The blurb doesn t even begin to sum up this book It s a lot deeper and tangled than it sounds up there All for better.The modern story retelling of Jane Austen s classic ends in the same fashion Lizzy and Darcy of this book, who are highly opinionated about each other, clear their differences and fall in love Like Darcy, Harry Noble seems like a man who thinks too highly of himself And like Lizzy Bennet, Jasmin Field is prejudiced and hates him the minute she sets eyes on him Their initial The blurb doesn t even begin to sum up this book It s a lot deeper and tangled than it sounds up there All for better.The modern story retelling of Jane Austen s classic ends in the same fashion Lizzy and Darcy of this book, who are highly opinionated about each other, clear their differences and fall in love Like Darcy, Harry Noble seems like a man who thinks too highly of himself And like Lizzy Bennet, Jasmin Field is prejudiced and hates him the minute she sets eyes on him Their initial encounter isn t too pretty There is also a snotty sister, like Ms Bingley, trying to court our Darcy slash Harry But what distinguishes this book from the classic is its use of language, the sarcasm, modern, comic tone, the supplementary characters, their voices, their pasts and their stories as they unfold.Acting up showed a lot of different point of views but did not mix them up The strongest and probably the most sarcastic voice was of Jasmin Field There are tons of sub plots wired into one another At the beginning it gets a little confusing and overwhelming with all those names that are thrown at us when we re introduced to the huge cast of the play But the writers eases our way into each one of their heads and by the end of it, they all become as real as fictional characters go I like the fact that apparently the most handsome director alive on planet is not without flaws When we finally learn about his fears, shortcomings like poor driving and conversation skills , he feelsreal making the story believable and muchagreeable Random thoughts It s by far one of my favorite chic lit I have read in a long time It held my attention throughout I tend to wander off after about 50 pages if the book fails to grip me I can t finish a book if it doesn t pique my interest And I read this one in single sitting Overall Predictable at times, it s still unputdownable for its amazing writing style, hilarious scenes and super fast pace I love the fact that we get to see the doom of every single character Yes, Every Single The book gave me joy and laughterthan my money s worth Stars 5 5 Highly, highly recommended

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