I like my chances at getting a novel of my own published by a major company, because it looks like they'll print anything these days...
I'd be really pI like my chances at getting a novel of my own published by a major company, because it looks like they'll print anything these days...
I'd be really pissed off that I spent money to buy this if I hadn't gotten it dirt cheap at a thrift store. Two dollars buys a book worth only two stars, who'da thunk it? In the end, I went with two because I couldn't even muster the energy to out and out dislike this book. The most it got out of me was a "meh." As a vampire novel, it failed. The word didn't even appear until halfway through the whole thing, not counting the title. As a Pride and Prejudice sequel, it failed. Darcy was stiff and boring, and Lizzy was never this slow, insipid and needy. As a Jane Austen retelling, it really failed. Grange completely lacked the wit, humor and charm of Miss Austen and can barely stand on her own merit without trying to cash in on someone else's.
I'm not saying that a P&P-with-vamps story can't be done. As a matter of fact, I'm tempted to try it myself. I'm saying that this ain't that story. This is more like a rip-off of Twilight than P&P (and I paid for this crap?!). Darcy may not sparkle, but he turns transparent at dawn, so that's close enough for me. And hell, even Bella freaking Swan figured out about Edward Cullen before Lizzy found out about Darcy!
That's not what ticked me off the most. It was the constant, direct quotes from the original that did that. Always verbatim, and always at least three in a chapter. What was the purpose of this, exactly? To prove that Grange read the original? Not very well, it seems, as both hero and heroine are so far out of character to the point of assassination. Was she trying to separate it from Twilight by throwing as much of Jane as she could in there? Was she trying to be clever, in putting such a spin on a classic? In this, she also failed.
The atmosphere threw me off as well. P&P is bright, cheery and playful. This is not. Decent vampire stories are dark, full of mystery, and occasionally scary. This is not. I have no idea what this is, but I can only call it bad fan fiction. Not the worst, as I've read some pretty nauseating garbage, but bad enough to be getting along with. It was dull and uninteresting, and I only finished it because it was so short and I literally had nothing else to do. This thing only serves to prove that if you pander to the folks in charge at the publishing houses and give them what sells--in this case, vampires and retellings of classics--then regardless of talent or worth, you too can see your name in print!...more
**spoiler alert** I'll admit it, I didn't like this half so well the first time I read it. I was too attached to Ang Lee's film adaptation for the boo**spoiler alert** I'll admit it, I didn't like this half so well the first time I read it. I was too attached to Ang Lee's film adaptation for the book to ever measure up. Second time around, however, my opinion has entirely changed, and I can safely say I love S and S just as much--if not more!--than Pride and Prejudice.
I was initially inclined to favor Marianne over every other character, but I have to give more and more credit to Elinor, Edward, and Colonel Brandon. My own sensibilities have tempered somewhat, and Marianne's selfishness and the general strength of character shown by the other three are more apparent and, in the case of the latter, more appreciated.
This is presented as a novel of contrasts, a fact most clearly seen between Elinor and Marianne themselves, but elsewhere as well. The John Dashwoods are greedy, conceited snobs and there's a distinct lack of sense among the Jennings women, but the Miss Dashwoods are in much better company with the Jennings'. Colonel Brandon is reserved, composed, and (gasp!) thirty-five whereas Willoughby is outspoken, passionate, and unrestrained, yet there's no question of who is better for Marianne. Even the difference of settings reflects the "x vs. y" theme that runs through the book. The quiet of the countryside is the perfect place for first Elinor and then Marianne to fall in love with their respective suitors, and the bustle of London echoes Marianne's agitation at Willoughby's later inconstancy. You get the idea.
Again, the observations I take away from this are that we can't always let our hearts run away with us, calm and steady affection can be more rewarding than tumultuous passion, and we all on occasion must eat our words--as illustrated by my re-reading of this in the first place. Ready for another shocker? In a few months...I'm going to read it again!...more
Again, I understand why this book has remained so popular for two hundred years. There's lovable characters, despicable characters, funny characters,Again, I understand why this book has remained so popular for two hundred years. There's lovable characters, despicable characters, funny characters, tragic characters (all of them memorable), a good twist, and a confident, self-assured lead -- maybe a little too confident and self-assured. Miss Woodhouse would be better off if she stopped meddling in her friends' love lives!...more
This one was a treat to read, even by Jane Austen's standards. As a spoof on the Gothic novels that were popular back when this was written, this bookThis one was a treat to read, even by Jane Austen's standards. As a spoof on the Gothic novels that were popular back when this was written, this book was surprisingly light and cheerful. The villainy wasn't quite what you'd expect, and I'll bet you'll end up laughing at yourself when you see how far you let your imagination go as you read--I sure did! Catherine is a sweet, naive girl, and I found myself sympathizing with her every time she took her fancy a little too far. I also developed a fondness for one Henry Tilney. He's still second to Fitzwilliam Darcy, but it's a close second all the same....more
What's missing most in this novel is the usual Jane Austen spirit, you know, the wit, the humor, the vivacity. To be perfectly honest, this book is raWhat's missing most in this novel is the usual Jane Austen spirit, you know, the wit, the humor, the vivacity. To be perfectly honest, this book is rather dense. You can't get away from the morality that gets pretty prudish at times. This is not the most popular of Jane's novels, and after reading it I can understand why....more
To the people who say this book is behind the times, I say there's a reason it's been popular for over two centuries. This is the first Jane Austen boTo the people who say this book is behind the times, I say there's a reason it's been popular for over two centuries. This is the first Jane Austen book I ever read, and it's my favorite of them all. I'm a big fan of irony, so this was like manna from heaven. Elizabeth Bennet is such a smart-aleck that you can't help but wonder how many women who seem to emulate her derived their manner from her. During those brilliant exchanges between her and Mr. Darcy, I got the sense that Miss Austen must not have been too popular at social gatherings if that was how she behaved. Men back then weren't fond of women who could think for themselves. It's hard to say which character got under my skin the most: Mr. Wickham, Mr. Collins, Miss Bingley, or Lady Catherine. Yet seeing Lizzie hold her own with them was one of the best things about reading this book, particularly Lady Catherine's visit to Longbourn. Most everyone calls Emma Jane Austen's masterpiece, but few of the books I've read sparkle as much as this one does....more