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