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OPF.

I’ll confess, I don’t read much of Other People’s Fiction these days.  I watch some movies, but I rarely sit down and read because if I have the choice between OPF and MOF (My Own Fiction), MOF wins.

Woman Reading (Kuroda Seiki)

Woman Reading (Kuroda Seiki) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

However, I love my Kindle and the ability to download samples.  So when I’m in the doctor’s office or somewhere else where I have ten minutes to sit, I scroll through my list of OPF and skim.  Most samples are entertaining for 5 to 10 pages, but I have no desire to finish the book.

Yesterday I came across What You Wish For by Catherine Winchester.  It was a Lost- in- Austen-esque version of North and South with a modern girl meeting Mr. Thornton.  What’s not to like about that?  As with Lost in Austen, there were a few things that I would have written differently, but that’s the case with most books I read.  I continually edit in my mind.  However, it was a fun escape and I thought she captured the essence of many of the characters in the original novel, but also made them her own creations.   Fun.

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From richardarmitagenet.com

I’ve been reading some fun blogs about the difference between love in fiction and love in real life.

Since I’m working on a novel right now in which the main character (like me) likes Darcy, Thornton and Rochester a little too much, it has been on my mind.

In my not so humble opinion, a good romance is realistic.  There are enough “men are from mars” type insights in Pride and Prejudice, North and South, and Jane Eyre to make those male characters ring true emotionally.  Of course, they may be richer and better looking than the men at the grocery store, at church, or at work but underneath the fictional glitz, they really are men — and that’s why those books are so popular today.

Or am I just deluding myself?

One of the interesting blogs:

http://mgirouxstories.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/writing-past-the-passion-of-true-loves-kiss-a-tale-of-two-edwards/

 

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English: Detail of C. E. Brock illustration fo...

English: Detail of C. E. Brock illustration for the 1895 edition of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice (Chapter 56) showing Elizabeth Bennet outdoors in “walking dress”, with bonnet and parasol. Français : Détail d’une illustration de C. E. Brock pour l’édition de 1885 de Pride and Prejudice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Women in Jane Austen‘s time took walks.   Elizabeth Bennett walks to Netherfield and her muddy skirt provides an interesting topic of conversation.  I particularly enjoy the A&E film version of Pride and Prejudice because it emphasizes Elizabeth walking.

Jane Fairfax also walks — to get away from an awkward social situation and have time to think — by herself.  I love the BBC Emma with the wonderful Olivia Williams  saying something about the joys of being alone.

Margaret Hale in the BBC North and South is a stalwart walker, although her surroundings are grim — all those tombstones!  Also, I worry about her lungs and wonder how long any of them will live in that polluted environment.  And then there is John Thornton’s walk before he proposes.   Richard Armitage does a great job of expressing his character’s angst, while walking.

Source: richardarmitagenet.com

Georgette Heyer‘s Venetia walks — without a chaperone — and has the good misfortune to run into the hero.

Maria in Sound of Music has one of the most beautiful walking scenes at the beginning of the movie.

I love to walk and if I can’t walk outside, I’ve been known to pace around my house.  But outside is best, and I realize that lately I’ve been cooped up too much.  I need to walk.  Walking helps me to work out my problems and be at peace.

And here’s the quote that prompted this blog post.

“I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.”  — Noel Coward.

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