July 22, 2014

A Whole Lotta Darcy

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.

So apparently I'm just not remotely cool enough to pretend to be French, like at all. I'll give it one more stab before summer's over. I'm just a died-in-the-wool faux Brit. (don't forget Scandi and Japanese! but my SOUL is Brit.)

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.

4) '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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12 comments:

  1. The world cannot seem to get enough of Jane Austen so people keep releasing new books and new movies with unique takes on the story. I for one love that fact!

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  2. I guess everybody loves Mr. Darcy! (well except your husband and my husband alike LOL) I didn't know there were so many spin offs!!! And they have 5 daughters together? FIVE??? That's a lot of girl troubles! The last book has a hilarious cover. When I saw it on your page, I was like... oh dear that will be an interesting one! Hahaha! Well if you ever read them, please do write a review!!!!

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    1. Oh I will! it's coming to me from the library any day now :)

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  3. Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife is great fun! (I have read it more than once--it cracks me up every time!) The Pamela Aidan book is excellent, and if I recall, one of a trilogy. Now I'm off to see whether my library has some of these others...

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    1. i think there's enough material to read nothing else but Darcy/Elizabeth tales for many many moons. i never get tired of the movies, so why would i get tired of reading the books????

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  4. Mr. B and have fond memories of the night, back in our pre-marriage days, when we stayed up until 4 am watching that P&P, when he had to be at work by 6. I had just bought the DVDs to replace the VHS recording I'd taped when the miniseries first aired. (It had commercials in places, on nights I couldn't be home to watch it.) I shelved so many of these books in my bookstore days, but never read any of them. I'm weird about "spin-off" fiction. The last book sounds hilarious, though. ��

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    1. apparently it's a "bodice ripper" HA HA HA HA!

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  5. I watch the 1995 Pride and Prejudice at least once a year (I think it's just about time for another viewing!) and I have to admit I like it better than the book. That's actually how I feel about most of Jane Austen's books, though. I'm really not a die-hard Jane-ite. However, I have successfully (thus far) avoided any of the P&P sequels. I think I might make an exception and watch the TV version of Death Comes to Pemberley when it's on Masterpiece Mystery later this year, although the book got pretty mixed reviews because I really like Anna Maxwell Martin and I enjoyed Matthew Rhys in The Scapegoat. (Speaking of needing to get things blogged...)

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    1. omigolly i can't wait to see that on Masterpiece!!!!!!!

      true confession time. i've never read any actual Jane Austen novel.

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  6. I love it.
    I can't wait for Death Comes to Pemberley.
    You should try The Pursuit of Mary Bennet.
    I want to be French too.
    I rewatched Amelie and I wish desperately that I was half as cute and naturally chic.

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    1. Just read The Pursuit of Mary Bennett a couple weeks ago!!! Loved it!!!!!!

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