Fans of Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice rejoice! You can now watch what happens at the Bennett house behind the scenes as you hear the story froFans of Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice rejoice! You can now watch what happens at the Bennett house behind the scenes as you hear the story from the servants’ point of view.
Baker manages to maintain a voice similar to Austen without sacrificing contemporary pacing. It almost felt like being backstage watching the handmaid, Sarah, borrowing books from Elizabeth or clean up after Lydia and Kitty tear through their closet. Mary gets some of the character development Austen never gave her.
Each servant gets a voice and has a story to tell. Mrs. Hill has more history within Longbourn than her years as its head of staff. James, the new footman, has a mysterious past that he prefers to remain a mystery. As Jane and Elizabeth are meeting Bingley and Darcy, Sarah is finally interacting with men as well.
I was utterly charmed by these characters, their stories, and their relationships as any fan of Austen would be....more
Chick lit is an extremely popular sub-genre of fiction. I’m always trying to find one that not only interests me but seems interesting and different.Chick lit is an extremely popular sub-genre of fiction. I’m always trying to find one that not only interests me but seems interesting and different. Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter seemed to fit the bill.
Emily goes on a Jane Austen book tour to skip going on a booze fueled trip to Mexico with her friend Stella. Throughout the course of the trip Emily goes deeper into Austen’s works than ever before...
One thing I immediately liked was that it wasn’t about how Emily’s single and must find a man like so many other chick lit novels out there. Like Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet, Potter had Emily’s journey to love include a journey of self-discovery.
I figured out almost immediately that there would be story overlap with Price and Prejudice. It was charming in places and in other places it kind of beat you over the head. If someone is smart enough to read P&P, they’re smart enough to get the parallels without a lot of help.
In short, it’s better than your average chick lit. It goes a little deeper with its characters and gives them more in their lives but it’s not drastically smarter....more
Love or hate her, everyone in the western world knows Jane Austen. This anthology is for those who love her. The only rule for these stories is that JLove or hate her, everyone in the western world knows Jane Austen. This anthology is for those who love her. The only rule for these stories is that Jane Austen, her work, or her characters must play a crucial role which has lead to an incredibly diverse collection of stories.
Some tales are about contemporary characters and how Jane Austen impacts their world. Others are continuations or back stories about characters from her works like Emma and Persuasion. Others have Jane Austen as a ghost or her characters making appearances in the modern world. Some are written with contemporary dialogue and others are written with the grammar and style of Austen’s time.
In order to appreciate this collection you must enjoy Austen’s original works as well as the more modern takes on her work. I don’t mean Pride & Prejudice & Zombies but things along the lines of Jane Austen Ruined My Life, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, or The Private Diaries of Mr. Darcy. (All of the noted titles are by contributing authors.) Austen purists won’t have as much fun here.
My favorites from this collection are Jane Austen’s Nightmare (awesome!), A Night at Northanger, Jane Austen and the Mistletoe Kiss, Nothing Less than Fairy-land, the Ghostwriter, Intolerable Stupidity, and What Would Austen Do? The last one is the only tale told from a male perspective. It was a nice change and indicative of who this collection is written for. ...more
**spoiler alert** While there have been several spins and spoofs on the classic + monster genre, I liked this one better than your standard issue spin**spoiler alert** While there have been several spins and spoofs on the classic + monster genre, I liked this one better than your standard issue spin. Rather than take an existing novel and making it work around sea monsters, vampires, or zombies, this novel imagines what Jane Austen might have gone through had she become a vampire. In addition to being a fun take on a literary trend, the characters were interesting with very believable motives. The twists and turns of the plot make sense and don’t leave the reader guessing or smacking their forehead.
I could see several echoes of Austen’s works played out in this novel. The qualities of a character, the plot, and the names all cropped up here. It added more fun since the plot turned pretty serious toward the end.
My major complaints are that I would like to have seen vampire culture and etiquette explained a bit more. They complain that Jane isn’t well schooled in the manner of their kind but they don’t always explain what they mean.
For something concerning Austen, I was surprised the ending didn’t mirror an Austen novel. There was great love and passion but it didn’t end with marriage or happiness. Rather, it ended with a great sacrifice and two broken hearts. I would have rated this novel higher since the plot was fun and interesting but the ending depressed me. Jane spends the whole novel fighting for Luke and once she has him, she spurns him for her family. If this book was part of a series, Luke could earn a place among the literary crushes of women everywhere (at least ones who read this book).
It also seemed abrupt since the novel seemed to be moving in the direction of Jane joining the vampires until the last 20 or 30 pages. It was like the writer wanted the novel to dovetail with reality so she created this ending and created it very quickly. There may have been echoes of possibility but it wasn’t clear enough to avoid blindsiding the reader. ...more