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Darcy's Passions: Pride and Prejudice Retold Through His Eyes Paperback – April 13, 2017
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About the Author
Regina Jeffers, author of Darcy's Passions and the upcoming Darcy's Dreams, believes people never tire of reading romances.''Romance novels reassure the reader of the value of love in his life and how learning to truly love another is the most compelling of tasks.'' A thirty-eight year veteran of the English classroom, Jeffers considers herself to be a Jane Austen enthusiast. A Time Warner Star Teacher and Martha Holden Jennings Scholar, Jeffers often serves as a language arts consultant. Currently, she resides outside Charlotte, North Carolina. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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By page 25, my heart was broken by reading that Jane Bennett had blonde hair, the Eliza had green eyes, etc. One of the beauties of Jane Austen is that she never gave any actual physical descriptions of her characters -- coloring was left to the reader's imagination. Oh well.
By page 50, I realize that the author did as little or no research in the style of speech of that era. Ignoring the fact that they spoke a lot more intelligently than we do nowadays, she succeeded in "dumbing down" every single conversation.
By page 100, I notice that the author decided to use phrases coined at least 100 years after the era. I mean, really? She couldn't try a little harder?
By page 150, after reading one too many lines about how Darcy is stroking, kissing or hugging his sister Georgiana, I began suspecting him of "grooming" his sister for incest. I'm not kidding -- I began to wonder if molestation was going to be in this book.
By page 200, after reading one too many lovey-dovey, sugary, mushy love proclamations between Darcy and Lizzy, I was getting testy.
By page 250, the book changed from an interesting story to a cheap, trashy, sex-romp, dime-store romance novel.
By page 300, the sins of the book were many. Eliza "nibbles his lower lip" (to me, irritating, slightly painful and not sexy at all), calls him "Sir" (once or twice is fine -- every other page is annoying). Darcy is constantly telling Lizzy how beautiful she is and proclaiming his undying love every damn page. As much as I love being in love, even I would have told my love to knock it off already.
By the last page, I was seeing red with all the "perfection". Lizzy is perfect, Darcy is perfect, their love is perfect, Pemberley is now perfect, everything and everyone and their damn grandmother is perfect. I was ready to throw rocks at the author's mailbox.
My advice: Try to ignore the grammatical mistakes, the dumb conversations, the 20th century phrases, and the ridiculous perfection. Then when you get to the point where they get engaged, STOP. Stop reading. Close the book, put it back on the shelf, return it to the library, or donate it. Unless, of course, tawdry dime-store romance books are your thing.
Now excuse me while I go pick out a nice, authentic 19th century book to get the nasty taste out of my mouth.
Jane Austen did not give us a glimpse into Darcy’s thoughts and perspective. She did not write the male point of view and never wrote scenes of just men. There is always a woman present and it will be her point of view.
I was always frustrated when Mr. Darcy was off scene or off the page. Where was he? What was he doing, or thinking? Who was he with? Was he brooding, regretting, or grieving over behavior and actions from canon? We simply did not know. Those blank spaces cried out to be filled.
In Darcy’s Passions we spend a lot of time in Darcy’s head. We hear his thoughts, his reactions to what Elizabeth had to say or do. When he was away from Netherfield, we go with him to his London town house. We see him interact with Georgiana and their cousin, our dear Colonel Fitzwilliam. Jeffers gave him a different name so it isn’t Richard. I had to get used to that.
As I read this adaption, I kept hitting this invisible wall or bump in the road so to speak. I knew something was off and for the longest time couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I could feel a disconcerting feeling of inconsistency with the Darcy character. I finally figured out part of the problem. According to her own words, Jeffers struggled with creating the character of Darcy. Due to her love of the two movie adaptations of P&P, she patterned her Darcy after both Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen. And that is where I struggled with the Darcy characterization. As Darcy was presented on the page, I kept getting the feeling of flitting back and forth between those character traits of two very different men. It often didn’t play well on the page. One minute you are listening to the voice and actions of say… Colin Firth and then you next have the voice and actions of Matthew Macfadyen. I had problems with that.
For 300 pages we have a story that runs parallel to and in conjunction with the action of Austen’s P&P. However, once we left the structured outline of Jane Austen, the story sort of slowed down and limped along. It was a good story and I loved it…however, it was below Austen’s standards.
What I liked: Before Elizabeth’s wedding, she had a heart-to-heart talk with Lydia. She had arrived for the wedding of her two older sisters. I loved how Elizabeth interacted with her younger sibling. Elizabeth was well aware of all the lies and wicked ways of Lydia’s husband and she wasn’t taking any of Lydia’s guff or exuberance regarding her marriage to her precious Wickham. Lydia still showed no shame for her actions and yet Elizabeth lovingly tried to tell her how things would be between their husbands. It was a really good sister-to-sister talk. Elizabeth spelled it out in no uncertain terms. Way to go Elizabeth.
After the wedding: Our story line continued with our dear couple getting used to married life. There were mild sexual/sensual [not graphic] love scenes. They were a loving couple who enjoyed each other’s company. There were touching moments and, like most marriages, arguments and disagreements.
The newlyweds were to host their first Christmas or Festive Season at Pemberley. Georgiana was at home and they had a house full of guests for Christmas. There were several hilarious scenes as friends and relatives enjoyed the festive atmosphere. We were also introduced to several new characters that will play out in the future. This story is to be continued in the next book Darcy’s Temptations.