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reposting from Jane Grix, my JAFF writing alter ego:

http://janegrix.com/darcyforever/2015/07/11/inspirational-darcy/

Here’s the youtube:  Ah, Matthew Rhys as Darcy…  mighty fine.

 

 

 

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Here it is, my new novel under a new pen name. Why a pen name? Because not everyone who wants to read sweet and quirky contemporary romances will want to read Jane Austen fan fiction. However, some of you will, so I will keep you informed.
For those of you who are interested, I’m still working on Book 3 of the Love and Chocolate Series, but I was kidnapped by Darcy for a bit. Hope you don’t mind.

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Here it is, my first Pride and Prejudice Variation.  It is now available on Amazon and should be on iTunes and Barnes and Noble within a week.

Darcy Unmasked:  When Fitzwilliam Darcy visits his friend at Netherfield Park, he does not expect to meet an old enemy or to fall in love.  But a Masquerade Ball changes everything.

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I just finished reading Pride and All This Prejudice by Alex A. King. It is a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice, set in modern-day Greece.

Her Mrs. Bennet (Mrs. Baros in this version) was superb. Funny, outrageous, and embarrassing. She made me laugh out loud several times, and the antagonistic relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Baros was hilarious. Not quite the Mr. and Mrs. Bennet we’re used to, but totally appropriate (and insightful) for this new version.

I loved how Mrs. Baros insisted that Jane take a nightgown rather than pajamas to Netherfield (long story) and her marriage-minded machinations were brilliant.

Link:  Pride and All This Prejudice

I also liked the way the author rewrote some of Darcy and Elizabeth’s conversations, giving them a contemporary slant.

Since this story has a modern setting, some of the characters’ language and viewpoints are modern as well — with a little earthy vulgarity, but overall the novel is sweet — definitely PG, not PG-13. I’ll gladly read this again. Well done.

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I have said before that I would not be reading about Jane Austen zombies,  but as it turns out, I have been reading about Jane Austen shape-shifters.

I don’t read enough science fiction and fantasy to know what category this book would fall into, but I just finished reading Pride and Platypus by  Vera Nazarian .  This is one seriously weird version of Pride and Prejudice.  Apparently gentlemen in Regency England turn into different animals every month during the full moon.  Like werewolves.  It reminded me of the trailer for Teen Wolf with Michael J. Fox.  I never saw that movie but have thought that it could be amusing if watched under the right circumstances.

The animals Ms. Nazarian chose to have the male characters turn into were remarkably funny and insightful.  Wickham was a wolf, of course, but I won’t give any more spoilers.

Funny.  Weird.  A little rude.  Other than strange editorial notes highlighting the difference between Regency era language usage and modern slang, I don’t remember anything vulgar.

Part of me can’t believe I read the whole thing.  But it did make me laugh.

This is what happens when you download samples onto your Kindle.   I read a bit and wanted to find out what animal Mr. Darcy morphed into.

I hope Jane and I can still be friends.

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I was in a craft store today in a very long checkout line and found a magazine by www.interweavestore.com entitled Jane Austen Knits.

Portrait of Jane Austen, from the memoir by J....

Portrait of Jane Austen, from the memoir by J. E. Austen-Leigh. All other portraits of Austen are generally based on this, which is itself based on a sketch by Cassandra Austen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was very fun with patterns with names of Jane Austen characters and locations.   Personally, I don’t think Lydia ever bothered to learn how to knit, but I may need to reread Pride and Prejudice just to be certain.

Knitting requires an attention to detail (all those loops!) and discipline.  I’m trying to think of heroines who knit and can only think of the gruesome women in Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities, which is completely off topic.

In the magazine, there was one fun shawl pattern that would fit nicely over a Regency Era styled dress and buttoned in the back — a little like a short jacket.

I’m not much of a knitter.  I’m more of a quilter and occasionally I crochet.   But these patterns were inspiring.  They made me want to become a knitter.

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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.

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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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Dancing can be incredibly romantic.

Today I was thinking about the sweet scene in the movie Miss Potter when the heroine dances with her book editor/publisher and everyone knows that they are falling in love.

And that made me think about Anna and the King of Siam in THE KING AND I.  What an incredible romantic rush their dance was.

Many of the Jane Austen adaptations include dance sequences as well (because they’re in the novels).   This works dramatically because the characters are in a confined social setting (the dance) where they are touching for a certain length of time.  And if they actually talk, their conversation can be more emotionally vulnerable because of that physical closeness.  I particularly liked the dance scene in the newer Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightley.

In books, I love the Richard Armitage narration of Sylvester by Georgette Heyer and the description of a particularly tense scene on a dance floor.  Richard Armitage did such a lovely job of narrating, it was easy to imagine the characters in my mind, as if I were watching a film.

What is your favorite romantic dance?

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