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Goodly Creatures: A Pride and Prejudice Deviation Paperback – March 1, 2012
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To begin, I like to support new writers, so I am willing to overlook the odd grammatical/spelling/punctuation error that would be caught by an editor, so long as it doesn't distract from the story. Yes, this one did have a few minor errors, but unlike the majority of self-published authors, she had actually read it before publishing.
Secondly, this author does not do the horrid "head hopping." Yes, we are given multiple points of view, but they are divided into sections. Well done there.
I have seen the other reviews that complained about the use of P&P characters, either that they were used in this traumatic storyline or they were not at all like Darcy and Elizabeth. Although I do not post reviews for them all, I do read most P&P variations, and this is often a problem. Well, it is true here as well - but wait!
From almost the very beginning, I had to throw P&P out the window. Other than names, this book and its characters have nothing to do with it really at all; HOWEVER, I was pulled in by about 4% into it.
Since reading "The Journey," which I enjoyed a great deal, I have come to realize that our beloved Jane Austen has inspired some authors to write really good books, and I don't know if it is devotion to Austen that makes them call their characters Elizabeth and Darcy or it's the only way they think they can sell them.Read more ›
Yes, this book is that good. To read it as merely 'fan fiction' is to do it a massive disservice.
Using our favorite P&P characters as basic sketches, the author develops them as characters who are fully her own. She then uses them to weave this amazing tapestry of love, tragedy, courage, forgiveness, evil, healing and redemption (with a dash of the politics of revolution).
I should warn you that this is often a tough read. It begins with a terrible, violent act of hate. This act spawns much hardship, indignity, fear and pain. As the story develops there are many moments of confusion and misunderstanding as to where the guilt for this act rests. As with many P&P variations, these misunderstanding are what keeps our two lovers apart. Unlike these other stories, you don't find yourself yelling at the characters to just get over their vain stupidity and get us to our happy ending. Instead, these misunderstandings make you weep for the pain these characters feel, and weep more over the huge obstacles they must overcome. And my tears really did fall.
But you must persevere through the tragedies to truly feel the joys and moments of relief that are found along the way. As I approached each of these moments, I wept again.
I should also tell you, I'm not really a crier. I don't 'get misty' over movies, and I don't believe I have ever cried while reading a book (not ever Old Yeller). Actually, I have always considered an author's ability to make me laugh out loud as a great indication of book enjoyment and quality.Read more ›
The sexual assault of Lizzie I felt was accurately described, but without being explicit or graphic. Never having been violated like this, I can only think the author followed through with Lizzie's response, her depression, sadness, feelings of no self-worth, etc. very well. The scenes with Darcy, however, I feel missed the mark. I'm sure a woman probably would not enter a loving relationship right after she was raped; but there was absolutely no warmth between Lizzie and Darcy at all, until the very end. It is not as if Darcy was the one who raped her. I am so used to reading and experiencing the passion between Darcy and Lizzie, even unspoken, that these scenes (which happened more often in the latter part of the book) really left me with all the coldness and distance there was between the two.
Having said all this, however, I did like the book. It did send out a social message that was definitely anti-rape and anti-pedophilia. Perhaps it will help bring about a better awareness of the psychological after-effects of these two horrible crimes. As a feminist of some long duration, I have to admire the effort of this author in doing that.
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This story is almost epic in its magnitude. Though the title didn't "grab" me at first I decided to give it a try. I had read this author before and enjoyed the stories. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J Bennett
This story had many intersecting characters. Beginning with the depraved viscount, the naive Anne, the proud Darcy, the courageous Lydia and extremely brave Lizzy. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
I've read this before. In bouts and more than once, though not often. It's so potent. I can't handle so much raw emotion but in small doses. The pain I feel on reading it is real. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nonnie
This book is quite a journey. I put off reading it mainly for two reasons, the subject matter, and the length. Well, I dove in and I am glad of it. This is not an easy story. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Renee Fizer
****+ Brush up on your Shakespeare! This is a very long and involved accounting of how Elizabeth is violated and how this event shaped the futures of the Bennets, the Darcys and... Read morePublished on June 25, 2014 by sandy
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This is one of the best P & P variations I have read! Read more
The 1st volume of this book is a prequel to pride and prejudice which sets the stage for later developments in the story. Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by M
This story I could not put down from start to finish. A very tough subject was dealt with admirably by the author. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by KindleLover