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There's Something About Darcy

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  47 reviews
For some, Colin Firth emerging from a lake in that clinging wet shirt is one of the most iconic moments in television. But what is it about the two-hundred-year-old hero that we so ardently admire and love?

Dr Gabrielle Malcolm examines Jane Austen’s influences in creating Darcy’s potent mix of brooding Gothic hero, aristocratic elitist and romantic Regency man of action.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 11th 2019 by Endeavour Quill
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Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

When I started this book I thought it would be some sort of psychological examination about why Mr. Darcy appeals to so many different people. Well, that's not what this was about. In stead, it is more like a story of Mr. Darcy throughout time, his endurance and his evolution. It's a light a read without much depth, but sometimes that is just what you need!


Lightness: Even though I was
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a strong affinity with all things Austen. Undoubtedly, Mr Darcy is my favourite literary hero and I was excited to be able to read an exploration of Darcy-mania. This provided plenty of interesting facts, although at times there was a little tedium.

The way that this book is structured reminded me of a university thesis. There are lengthy chapters that are divided into sub-headings throughout. Not to discredit the writer and the obvious, extensive research that has been undertaken, but I
A unique character study on one of the most well loved and notorious characters in all of literary history. The study is very informative and the author clearly well spoken and it brings to light things that even the most well read Darcy enthusiast may have missed. 5/5 stars
There were many elements I enjoyed in this exploration of the continuing literary and cultural influence of the hero of Jane Austen’sPride and Prejudice. For instance, Gabrielle Malcolm traces the influence of earlier authors – Samuel Richardson, Ann Radcliffe and others – on the creation of the character of Darcy. I also liked the way the author examined the growth of Darcy’s character throughout the novel. I wouldn’t have minded more of this type of close reading and textual analysis, although ...more
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My favourite of Jane Austen's heroes has always been Mr Darcy. Despite my love of the others (well, some of the others, because I'm a bit lukewarm about Edmund Bertram and Edward Ferrars!), he's been the one for me. I know why that is, but I was interested to see somebody else's hypothesis, so I was keen to read Gabrielle Malcolm's book on this.

It's a fairly long book and it's clear that a lot of
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I became a Janite in 1978.

At Temple University a professor told our class there were three courses we should not miss and I took them all. Toby Olshin's honors class on Jane Austen was one; it had a huge impact on me as a student and a reader.

In 1978 no one could foresee Jane Austen becoming universally recognized or Darcy taking precedence as our favorite literary romantic hero. Although Pride and Prejudice was early adapted for the stage, it took film to reach a wide audience. Darcy's various
Olivia L
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
As a recovering Janeite and Darcyholic, I suppose it should have been expected that no earth shattering revelations could be gleaned from this book. In all fairness, yes, Colin Firth's portrayal of Mr. Darcy set the Darcymania phenomenon in motion, however, it can be argued that prior to Ms. Austen's hero, the archetype was already well-established. Earlier film adaptations that were true to 'Pride & Prejudice' confirmed that Darcy was not a central character to the story until Andrew ...more
Mary Bronson
I thought this was such a great book about how Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Darcy have changed the romance genre and created a phenomenon for people to love for over 200 years. I thought this was very well researched. I love the mention of all of the different adaptions of Pride and Prejudice and the "fan fiction" of sequels. One of my all time favorite adaptions was "The Lizzie Bennett Diaries" I am so happy she mentioned this amazing series. Can not wait for it to come out in ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A light, bright and sparkling study of one of literature's most appealing heroes, There's Something About Darcy is a must-read for the Darcyholic in all of us. -- Laurel Ann Nattress, editor of Jane Austen Made Me Do It
Courtney Clark
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Having been an avid fan of Austen’s film adaptations first then a reader of her timeless novels, I was eager to learn the commentary and perspective an entire book on Darcy would provide. There’s Something About Darcy adds interesting insight into Austen’s work and speaks of her influence in the literary world.

Part of this book reads like an essay on the characteristics and lasting impact of Darcy. The portions I like best are the ones denoting the history of Austen and the influences she used
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
An interesting and informative study on one of literatures most beloved characters, I am a huge Jane Austen fan, so it was lovely to read different views, ideas and perspectives on a character I’ve ‘known’ for many years. Recommended read for fans of Austen or classics

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of There’s Something About Darcy by Gabrielle Malcolm from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

About 15 years ago, my sister and I were walking around at Blockbuster (back when those existed) and we picked up the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice, the one with Colin Firth. After we watched it, a new Janeite was born. I became obsessed with all things Austen. I adored this book. My favorite parts of the novel were the chapters delving into the literature inspired by
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To see a full review check it out here.

I had one question: "Why do people like Darcy?". That question was not answered. So I felt let down. The book was still interesting, but not for me in the end.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
I’ll be taking part in a blog tour for this, which won’t be up till 9th of November, so review to follow.
Eustacia Tan
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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As a P&P fan, it’s not a surprise that I would choose to request this book from NetGalley. After all, it’s focuses on Darcy – who inspired Jane Austen to come up with his character and his lasting influence on culture.

There’s Something about Darcy is broken into 3 main sections:

The first section talks about the figures that might have influenced Austen in the creation of Darcy, focusing on the very real person George Brummell. I found this section to be interesting because this isn’t an area
Kristin Davison
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
I would like to thank netgalley and Endeavour Media for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

This biography makes some interesting points on Darcy and why people are so obsessed with him. However it's goes off on massive tangents with completely irrelevant information. There is a lot of description of the plotlines of media that featured a Darcy like and non Darcy like characters.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs
Tracing Darcy to Rochester to Maxim de Winter and Dracula?

It is an intriguing premise, and I was looking forward to the analysis. However, that analysis is a very small part of the volume. Largely, this book is just rehashing the plots of various Austen retellings. This is neither interesting, nor all that edifying, for the reader – because let’s face it, if you’re interested in a book called There's Something About Darcy, then you’re probably already an Austen fan and you’re familiar with most,
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC and the chance to review this.

It was just fine. I can't really say more because I wanted so much more insight than I actually got.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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If I could give stars, I would only award 1/2 star to Gabrielle Malcolm’s There’s Something About Darcy. I was disappointed in Malcolm's exploration of Darcy for a variety of reasons. Her central thesis that Darcy is a Byronic hero not only makes little sense, it leads to very strained comparisons to later Romantic heroes. Additionally, there's some sloppiness in her terminology and research, and, on occasion, she goes off on odd tangents that, while brief, don’t connect with her topic.

I find
Girl with her Head in a Book
For my full review:

I am always utterly fascinated by how a literary character or even a historical figure can continue to evolve decades or even centuries after they lived or were created. Clearly, they have not undergone an alteration but as society shifts, so does the way that we read them. Ihave read thematic biographies on figures such as the Brontë Sisters, Anne Boleyn and even Jane Austen herself but never before someone from the fictional world. In
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Proud, aloof, and emotionally distant. Any modern woman in her right mind would, you think, reject Mr Darcy – and his ten thousand a year – quicker than Lizzie Bennet turns down Mr Collins. And yet we (and I include myself in this collective ‘we’) seem to adore the man more than ever.

Whether it’s Matthew Macfadyen strolling through a misty field, Colin Firth emerging from a lake, or Bridget Jones’ very own Mark Darcy bringing Regency romance to modern-day London, there really is something about
Michelle Kidwell
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There's Something About Darcy
by Gabrielle Malcolm
Endeavour Media
Endeavour Quill

Biographies & Memoirs , Nonfiction (Adult)
Pub Date 11 Nov 2019

I am reviewing a copy of There’s Something About Darcy through Endeavour Media and Netgalley:

In 1995 a cultural revolution took place with the new BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice which sent reverberations around the world that still echo today. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy, are as much a focus of today’s online fan culture as, for example, JK
Annette Jordan
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fascinating and well researched examination of the cultural impact of Jane Austen's most famous work, Pride and Prejudice, and in particular on the character of Mr Darcy. The author looks at societal customs of the time when Austen was creating and polishing her masterpiece, and at the real life figures who may have been used as references .I also particularly enjoyed the chapters dealing with how Darcy became a model for other literary heroes, from Mr Rochester of Jane Eyre, to Rebecca's Mr ...more
Anne Morgan
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Over 200 years after Pride & Prejudice was first written, why do so many people still love Mr. Darcy? This is the question posed by Gabrielle Malcolm, although the better question for the book might be, how do they love Mr Darcy? Malcolm counts the ways by delving first into Austen's contemporaries and other historical romances, exploring the role of men from Mr Darcy to Heathcliffe to Dracula along the spectrum of male heroes and anti-heroes. Then she moves on to Darcy in film and small ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019, non-fiction, ku
Because Darcy is tall, dark (an adjective never used to describe him in canon), and broody (also never used for him in canon), he apparently can be compared to every other fictional male that ever followed him. After taking 20% of the book to recap the plot of Pride & Prejudice, Malcolm compares Darcy to Rochester, Heathcliff, Dracula, the Scarlet Pimpernel, Heyer heroes, rape-y bodice ripper heroes, Edward Cullen, and Christian Grey, while giving full plot descriptions of each book with one ...more
Gayle Noble
In 1995, I was among those captivated by Colin Firth striding along in a white frilly shirt and rather tight breeches in Andrew Davies' TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. No-one else has ever come close to personifying the character in my view. This book an examination of Darcy's appeal and why he remains a popular character today, seemed like an intriguing read.

It started off promisingly. I really enjoyed the chapters about Jane Austen. the world she wrote about, and her possible influences
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read a lot of nonfiction, but how fun is this to study why Darcy has lasted as a fictional hero throughout the ages! Dr. Malcolm did a great job in diving in DEEP into Darcy's personna and how Jane Austen's main hero was affected by heroes before him and mainly how he has affected heroes for 200 years after with no signs of slowing down. Dr. Malcolm covers A LOT of material in this book and I have to admit I did a bit of a squeal and patted myself on the back each time she mentioned a ...more
Carolyne | Jane Austen Bookstagrammer
(I received this ARC from Endeavour Media)

Have you ever noticed the similarities between Mr. Darcy and Mr. Rochester? Or even Sir Percy aka The Scarlet Pimpernel? Dr. Gabrielle Malcolm has.

In this detailed survey, Malcolm, who appears to have read/watched all Darcy incarnations (good, bad, and indifferent) since Pride and Prejudice was first published in 1813, traces the 200+ year journey of Jane Austen’s hero through print and film. The author is, I suspect, a fellow Austenite and treats the
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
There's Something About Darcy by Gabrielle Malcolm is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late October.

Fitzwilliam Darcy, his raw appeal, sheer fan adoration, elements of him in the men Jane Austen knew and, therein, offering a kind of social commentary of the time; as well as the concepts of choosing to marry for love (in that Elizabeth partway marries for love, but also for the social ascension to save the Bennett home), readers siding with his haphazard flirting style and respecting his
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book takes a look at how the character of Fitzwilliam Darcy has influenced other characters in literature and other media. I enjoyed all of the information about other books and characters but I found it hard to see the connection with some. Parts of this book just focus on retellings and sequels of Pride and Prejudice. I found those parts interesting and learned about new retellings I had not previously heard
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