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Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  2,560 ratings  ·  342 reviews
"Darcy's as hot as he is talented..."

Fast music, powerful beats, and wild reputations-on and off stage-have made virtuoso guitarist Fitzwilliam Darcy's band into rock's newest bad boys. But they've lost their latest opening act, and their red-hot summer tour is on the fast track to disaster. Now Darcy and bandmates Charles Bingley and Richard Fitzwilliam are about to meet
Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published August 31st 2011)
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Confession time…I’ve never actually finished Pride and Prejudice. *Hanging head in shame*. I didn’t have to read it in school, and I put off reading it because it felt like a school book. I didn’t want the blah school books to rub off on it. So I waited. I’ve attempted to read it but, alas, a new semester started and the book didn’t get finished.

However, I’ve seen multiple versions of the movie and have loved (most of) them. My favorite being the 2005 version starring Keira Knightly and Matthew
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
I tried to fall in love with this book. I really did. I mean, who couldn't resist the Rock Star trope??? I know it's not particularly unique, but I was really hoping that this would be better than what the other reviewers have said about it.

I know the author tried to follow the original book's storyline and tried to capture the essence of the characters, but unfortunately, it missed the mark. Darcy was a tad too snarky sometimes, Lizzy was too emotional, Richard Fitzwilliam couldn't keep it in h
Jun 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit, crap, retelling
Pride and Prejudice with Darcy as a rock star, sounds like fun, right? Wrong.

Let me say I grew up in the era of fanfiction, and this reads very much like one, it probably was before it was published given the author takes the time to note who the characers are compared to their celebrity equivalents beforehand.

It was pretty much reading a bad fanfiction (my band of choice was Hanson back in the day and with the three guys and a female love interest for each it was very familiar) and the characte
Jan 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: worst-ever
I DID IT. I completed FD,RS. The rite of passage is complete. I am now a man. Was it worth the sacrifice? I cannot honestly say. I only know I will never see this world the same again.

Reviewed at Books to Brighten your Mood

As soon I started reading Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star I truly believed that I had in my hands the best fan fiction I have ever read and a really good contemporary romance title. I'm sad to say that by the time I had read the first 1/3 of the book, my opinion started to change rapidly, only to leave me by the end exhausted and feeling that I have read one of the worst contemporary titles ever. I mean this book literally sucked the life force out of me...

Joy (joyous reads)
Sep 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
If you're expecting a re-telling of Pride and Prejudice, you'll be sorely disappointed. This is fan fiction; I can't even say it's a retelling because it's not. It's set in an alternate universe where Will Darcy is a rock god. I must admit, I was sold on this book right off the bat because of this premise. After all, the Darcy I know fits the perfect rock star: surly, snobby, and yeah sexy. Hundred pages into the book, I was laughing rather, sarcastically at the mostly cheesy dialogues, the char ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: smut
I have so many things to say. Most of which are versions of “I really want to fix this book!”

It started out well. The famous Austen characters are updated for the modern day, but they still retain their recognisable characteristics. Charlotte, now a lead character, was given a bit more to do, which I liked. And I admit I loved the name “Long Borne Suffering”! That made me chuckle.

So at first it’s all going along swimmingly; Darcy is aloof and judgmental, Elizabeth is immediately on the defensive
Sheila Majczan
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I have had it in my mind to read this modern day “take-off” of P&P for some time. I began reading it early on a Sunday afternoon and found myself finally reaching the conclusion near 1:30 AM Monday. It certainly is an enthralling tale. But, as others and the cover inform us, there are lots of graphic sex scenes as well as descriptions of addictive behaviors and a brief drug industry intrusion into our story.

I did like how the story began (and ended) with the “Inside the Music” interview
Nov 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
I somewhat shamefacedly admit to liking a lot of the P&P sequels, variations, etc. but this was a wall-banger from the get-go. While the idea of Darcy as a rock god, and Elizabeth Bennett as an aspiring rock guitarist, has potential, the execution was amateurish and painful to read. And the sex scenes - oh my god, shoot me now! Even if I did want to read about modern day Elizabeth and Darcy doing it like rabbits (which I don't), I definitely would not want to subject myself to this type of lurid ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
I read this a few years ago but apparently never actually marked it as read. This book is one of the most ridiculous adaptations of Pride and Prejudice. The sex scenes are written in a way that seem impossible to achieve for the normal human and the sex scenes are just crazy in general. The whole story is so silly. It's so bad that it's entertaining though... It's still not good. It's just a trainwreck that you can't look away from.
What this has going for it is that the awful entertainment and l
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
What can I say about this book... There is SO much to say.

Firstly I ardently admire and love the original. (10 points if you see what I did there) Let me state plainly that *NOTHING* will ever compare - not even the redraughting in "The Austen Project."

I want to start with the positive, mainly because she has finished a book and I have not. And I don't believe in simply tearing someone else down.

So the positives:

I will admit that I liked the fresh take on Charlotte, I thought that was a stro
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you enjoyed Jane Austin's pride and Predjudice , you will like this. Modern day version. Fitzeilliam Darcy is the lead guitarist and creator of the band Slurry. Darcy is very controlling and uptite. The other members of the band are his cousin the drummer Richard Fitzwilliam and the base player Charles Bingley. Charles replaced Darcy'sformer freind George Wickham. Slurry has not had the best of luck with touring thy keep having to end their tours early due to illness and loss on warm up bands ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
A combination of Jane Austen and the world of rock-and-roll, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star is a high-voltage and unplugged retelling of Pride and Prejudice that is absorbing and dynamic. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Charles Bingley, and Richard Fitzwilliam make up the bad-boy rock band called Slurry. And with their tattoos, long hair, leather pants, and intensely emotional performances they are some of the hottest and most unique reincarnations of these characters I have ever encountered! The men of Slurry ...more
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
With another opening band hitting the road, troubled band Slurry is looking for another one to join the tour when they find the all girl band Long Borne Suffering. Fitzwilliam Darcy has always tried to protect the band from negative press, often plazing false allegations towards himself when he sees his best friend Charles Bingley falling hard for lead singer Jane Bennett, Darcy worries that the blossoming romance could ruin the tour, but that is not the only unease on Darcy's mind.

Darcy does no
Feb 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Honestly i don't know what the author was thinking writing such a bad piece of fiction. While the book comes off as quite an interesting version of Austen's classic even before you are half way through you start to see the flaws in the story. the constant change in narration is confusing as it is irritating. Even is the rockstar personna of the characters is nothing less than typical there's no real depth to any of them. Disappointing really. ...more
Nov 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
I had to pick one star, but if I could've gone into the negative territory I would have. This book is badly written, plotted and just all over the place. Too many characters with too many thoughts. I've heard of multiple POVs, but this one gave me whiplash!

Honestly, skip it and read the original, you'll be better for it.
Doroty Ellis
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
The book was really good written and in some moments hilarious.The only thing i didn't like was the length of the book, and sometimes the unneeded explanation of things. And Darcy being the slobbering mass of goo at the end of the book. So my rating is probably 4.5 but leaning to 5.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: k-unlimited, jaff
This book was not what I expected (which leads me to wonder what I was expecting). I suppose I thought it would be cheesy and that the characters would not be true to P&P. However, I was wrong and am so glad to be so. I loved this portrayal of our classic love story. I enjoyed the subtle twists and changes of the plot. I was expecting more drug use or other bad behaviors but they were not as prominently displayed as I expected (but they do exist, one character does struggle with addiction). I lo ...more
Madenna U
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This rated mature Pride and Prejudice variation follows the story cannon but modern and in the world of rock & roll music. It had tons of emotion and I was impressed on how the author modernized the plot. It did have a few changes for Charlotte, Richard Fitzwilliam, and Caroline, but I thought it worked well in the story.

The back and forth between Lizzie and Darcy was just the right amount of angst. The author's description of them each determined that the other disliked them was fun to read. I
When you think of Rock ’N’ Roll, two things besides music come to mind: sex and drugs. Now think of Rock ‘N’ Roll and throw in the characters of our beloved Pride and Prejudice. Yes, you read that right, Pride and Prejudice plus sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. Such is the premise for Fitzwilliam Darcy: Rock Star, the innovative, contemporary retelling of P&P by author Heather Lynn Rigaud.

Fitzwilliam Darcy is the guitar god of Slurry, a rock band that also includes singer Charles Bingley and drumm
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, too-hot
What to say about this book? I can honestly say it's a great interpretation of Pride and Prejudice even though it's certainly not better, not even close.
The author mentioned that this wasn't supposed to be published. It's her first book and Heather Lynn Rigaud is an author with an awesome talent for transferring the basic problems of the original into this modern version and adding some more spice into it. Well, not just some. She wrote from every character's POV, and even Darcy's which, in my o
Maria Fernanda  Gonzalez
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks
I wans't really sure about this book when I first saw it. I mean, a re-tale of Pride and Prejudice where Darcy is a rockstar? With this cover? I was immediatelly "Hmm... I don't know". But because my friends recommended it, I decided to give it a go. And it starts out very nicely. The band thing is cool, and the characters seemed to behave in acordance with the Austen's original novel. By the middle of the book, thought, it was getting ridiculous. The original Pride and Prejudice was forgotten a ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On a whim yesterday I picked up and started reading this book. However it has been on my TBR list for awhile and as you can see I've been very lax on actually getting it reading. This book has it all. Rock and Roll, sex, alcohol, love and a scumbag named Wickham. It was very realistic and mostly keeps to the plot of the original Pride and Prejudice just with a modern twist.

My question is why come nobody told me how awesome this book is? Shame on you guys. If I had known I would have read it soon
Nov 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
I strongly suspect this will be terrible, but I really really wanna read it anyway. And it came down to $1.99.

It is so sad that I broke my "no new ebooks until I've finished the ones I've already paid for" rule for this and not any of the books on my wishlist that will not embarrass me.

I guess either you will understand the irrestible attraction of a Pride & Prejudice rock star AU or you won't.

Thank god at last I am free of this atrocity.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, retellings, music
Man this seemed so promising but then about halfway through it turned into a convoluted mess. Seeing as it was supposed to be a fanfic, it's no wonder it was so bad. ...more
Liz Wharton
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-owned
This is a love letter to one of my favorite modern retellings of Pride and Prejudice, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star. I've seen all the negative reviews, and I can't understand it. To me, this story is raw and emotional, and the dream of every Austenite out there - a shirtless, rock star version of our favorite heart-throb! Still - to each their own I suppose...

Just a little background: I first read this years ago on Austen Interlude, a fan-fiction site for Austen books. At that time, the story wa
Marguerite (M)
DNF 60%
Rating : Niet

A. W. F. U. L.

I love Pride and Prejudice.
I love Pride and Prejudice retellings.
I love Elizabeth and I'm still dreaming of meeting my Darcy.
But i seriously disliked Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star.

Why ? Because of a few things :

1. The book is freakin' too long. I'm bored, bored, bored and bored again.
2. The sex is ewww.
3. Jane and Bingley are so lovey-dovey it's sickening, and I want to puke and kill them everytime it's about them. And they're freakin useless.
4. Charlotte and Ric
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it

I had to keep reminding myself that this was going to be mostly predictable, that all 3 couples would end up together. So if you're looking for a totally different ending, you will be disappointed.

Beyond that she does throw a few small surprises in to keep it interesting. Also job well done with the back stories to weave them into the music business, as well as keeping with the characters' personalities.

The sex scenes were tasteful as well. There was maybe 1 or 2 I could've done without, but not
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
Review of June 12, 2017
I remembered this as an entertainingly bad Pride & Prejudice fanfic, and while I still agree with the "bad" part, I'm no longer feeling the "entertaining" part. The premise is as cracktastic as ever, but whether I've grown a bit more discerning as a reader or because I already knew what was going to happen, it was a lot harder to overlook the book's deficiencies this time around. I was regretting my decision to reread it even before I reached the halfway mark.

Things I like
Becky R.
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Although Fitzwilliam Darcy Rock Star is an obvious take on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, this book really needs to be considered a book that stands on its own. Purists would probably never get through the fast-paced, crazy lifestyle of rock stars on the road, which is just where we find our P&P characters. The pride is definitely there, as would be expected with a big rock star like Darcy is in the novel, who has taken on a young girl group starring Jane, Elizabeth, and Charlotte. The twist ...more
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Heather Lynn Rigaud can usually be found trying to juggle too many things. A wife and mother of two, she suffers from excessive interest in almost everything that comes her way. She cooks, she sews, she writes, she sings, she knits, she Geo-Caches, she makes soaps, she collects perfume, she paints silk- and she overthinks every single one.

But she's lively and has a good (if bawdy) sense of humor.


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