- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 22, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1516921429
- ISBN-13: 978-1516921423
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 107 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,594,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Compromised! A Pride and Prejudice Variation Paperback – August 22, 2015
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About the Author
Joy Dawn King fell in love with Jane Austen's writings in 2012 and discovered the world of fan fiction shortly after. Intrigued with the many possibilities, she began developing her own story for Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. At the time she wrote her first novel, "A Father's Sins", she was living high in the Andes Mountains of South America. Joy loved to take an occasional break from the Latin culture and bury herself in reading English literature about her favorite English characters. Joy, and her husband of 35 years, lived next door to their only child, Jennifer, her husband, and twin grandchildren and is a native Oregonian. In late 2014 the Kings relocated to Oregon where other stories popped into her head. She is typing as fast as she can to keep up.
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I found that the characters and plot lacked the depth I was hoping for. Liszt and Darcy are forced to marry due to being caught alone, together. And they are suddenly madly in love-- even faster and less believable than the source material.
Then there is the Compromise plot device, which was overused. I can't imagine that in Regency England people would shout "Compromise!" like "Gotcha!" when finding two unmarried people together.
The story was entertaining, but very superficial. There are much more interesting and involved variations available.
As this is going on there are other relationships going awry -- Charles and Jane, Colonel Fitzwilliam and Jane, Charlotte Lucas and Wickham, Anne and Bingley, etc. It was truly a test of Darcy's strength of will and devotion to marry Lizzie. As I mentioned I would have enjoyed the story more if it had more of Lizzie and Darcy in it.
After the initial compromise, there are several others. All are interesting and generally accidental but the journey to Darcy and Elizabeth's HEA is beautifully written. The opening of their hearts to the other, whether by words or actions allows both to grow in the depth of affection for the other. The attempted interference of Caroline Bingley, George Wickham, William Collins, and the Fitzwilliam family only serves to solidify their relationship.
I bought this variation a while ago and the third or fourth perusal has been just as enjoyable as was the first.
After that, it was insta-love. They acted like love-struck teenagers, fauning over one another and sitting around waiting to be together again. What happened to our stoic hero? Or our proud heroine? It was like their characters were stripped and we were left with cardboard cutouts. I feel like Darcy, a man we know to be withdrawn and careful about sharing personal information, would never so openly share such personal matters with a woman he barely knows and then go on to use every pet name under the sun. I feel like it would take him a long time to reach a point where he'd be comfortable enough to be so free with his speech.
If you're looking for a story that stays true to Austen's characters, don't look here because you won't find what you're looking for.