- File Size: 453 KB
- Print Length: 216 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 15, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072K19VN2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,874 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Sweet and Not So Sweet: Variations on Pride and Prejudice Kindle Edition
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And the title is very fitting, some are sweet and others not so much... Personally I favour the darker variations.
The common feature of the stories seems to be that several of the characters have grown a backbone. Small extracts from canon changed by the characters growing backbone or morale. Some are original stories and we meet the colonel as a rake but also as a hero.
Jane with a backbone and Jane as a mercanary. Elizabeth has some very impressive fighting skills along with her intelligence and wit. Darcy is a very slow learner in one but but mostly changes his way for the better although not always improved in manners.
My only complaint is that a couple of the stories ended a bit abruptly. Ending as soon as the "problem" was solved with only a hint of the HEA. Left me wanting more...
My favourites was the one where Darcy catches up with Jane on the stairs of Bingley's town house after visiting the Bingley sisters.
The one where Elizabeth teaches Collins a sever lesson for accosting her after the proposal. Lastly the one where Darcy berates Mrs Bennet for demanding him to dance with her daughters. Insults has its place...
This is my first attempt at this authors stories and hopefully there are more to be had... Loved the style and the storytelling skills of this author.
Heartily recommend this book!
good writing. My first impression with many of the stories was that characters were getting the chance to say what they wanted to, as neither Jane Austen or her many admirers ever allowed them to. However much I agreed with their breaking with Regency propriety to say what they wanted to,
f felt some were much too harsh with both Miss Bingley and Mrs. Bennet. I liked the longer stories, just as I really like the more complex, but at least plausible plot devices, Somewhat out of character, only adds depth to a character's personality; but when it is too far out, it is jarring and off-putting, taking away from the enjoyment of the reading experience. Unlike many readers, I get very caught up in my experience and feel strongly about the characters and what happens to them. I sometimes find myself so caught up that I suddenly realize I am not in England, or wherever, it is not snowing, I am not lost, but sitting in my recliner with a book (or my Kindle) in my hands. So, I react strongly when it goes too far out of the expected or reasonable parameters.
I also dislike the exaggerated qualities of Elizabeth Bennet's intelligence and skills. It was too much Wonder Woman and not enough of the real woman I think many of us admire. I did, however, like the bit of character gifted to poor Lydia, the bits of humanity infrequently displayed by the Angelic Jane. So, I think I could like future stories of at least novella length, if not full novels, but soften the violence and harsh set-downs. Subtle and elegant are much more fun to read!
Now, stop reading this and get to writing. I am waiting.....