Blogging is a funny thing. I was going to do a post on this really adorable book of fairy tales from India, and I still will, but I was placing a hold at the library for a sequel to 'Pride & Prejudice' that I had heard about, and the topic was in my head in the first place because now that we've finished watching 'The Wire' (we're in heavy mourning), I'm making Andrew watch the Colin Firth version of 'Pride & Prejudice' and watching him watch the show (he's never seen it!) is pretty much the funniest thing IN THE WORLD, and I got started looking up 'P&P' book sequels and went down a huge rabbit hole, and THAT WAS THE LONGEST SENTENCE EVER.
And did you have any clue there was this much spin-off action to 'P&P' by Jane Austen????? I mean, I guess I did, but I didn't really. What I've shown you here......only the tip of the iceberg my friends. And here's another funny thing.....most of the titles have 'Mr. Darcy' or 'Darcy' somewhere in the title. I guess we know who the big draw is with these books, eh? Mr. Scowly-Face FITZWILLIAM DARCY, that's who.
So if you fancy a little more elaboration into the relationship between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, here's some material to keep you occupied for awhile.....
1) 'Darcy & Elizabeth, A Season of Courtship' by Sharon Lathan, gives a new spin to the time period between failed marriage proposal #1 and successful marriage proposal #2 from the original story.
2) 'Mr. Darcy's Diary' by Amanda Grange is a classic amongst Austen fan fiction novels. This one outlines all of Mr. Darcy's Most Secret Thoughts & Heartfelt Yearnings, as he falls in love with Elizabeth, which he oh so helpfully writes down in his diary. Because hey, Darcy can be a diary inscriber AND be manly, yo.
3) 'Mr. Darcy's Refuge' by Abigail Reynolds is also highly regarded in the pantheon of Elizabeth-Darcy continuing romance books. This one is described as a 'variation' tale of the original story, in which Elizabeth and Darcy have to work together to stem a flooding river that threatens to engulf the town of Hunsford. What the what? Ok.
'An Assembly Such as This: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy' by Pamela Aiden is another from-the-perspective-of-Darcy books. Now that there's a mouthful of a title! There's more backstory thrown at Georgianna and Wickham's previous dealings with one another, as well as more of the internal thought process behind Darcy's initially unwilling attraction to Elizabeth.
5) 'Mr. Darcy's Daughters' by Elizabeth Aston is a book I own and read years ago. It's set 20 years after Darcy and Elizabeth's marriage, and they now have five daughters of their own. This one's all about the travails and romantic tribulations of his various daughters, and I recall that it was very fun and cute.
6) And I've saved the best (?????) for last. 'Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife' by Linda Berdoll is supposedly a rolicking jaunt through the early married life of Elizabeth and Darcy. Apparently their wedding night is described in *cough* explicit, yet Austen-eque detail. Um, this I have to read. If you think this sounds offensive in any way, you might want to steer clear, but I for one think it's probably a hysterically entertaining must-read, ha ha ha!
HAVE FUN, Darcy lovers! You're TOTALLY WELCOME! (for the record, my husband Andrew thinks that Darcy has some kind of social functioning disorder and does not even remotely understand the appeal. I think he's just jealous.)
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