Posts Tagged ‘jane austen

17
Jan
11

Book Review: Mr Darcy Takes A Wife

Review on: Mr Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll

Rating: 4.5/5

A novel following a novel. Mr Darcy Takes a Wife is a story all on its own, following the events that happen after the Pride and Prejudice book. Definitely a love story come true through another book, Berdoll is able to bring to life the world of Elizabeth Bennet as she weaves together a story that does not bring shame to Austen’s original tale.

What awaits in Mr Darcy Takes a Wife is not just a quick glimpse of what happens once Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy are married, but is able to give the reader a glimpse into the good things that happen in their marriage, as well the problems that they encounter. Not just the Darcy’s, but it also includes the lives of the Bingley’s and the other Bennet sisters. What’s more, Berdoll brings into the story a side of reality that includes a bit of history, incorporating the problems of Britain with Napoleon’s European conquests as well as other aspects of the society the Pride and Prejudice world revolves around. This is not just a story from the perspective of Elizabeth, but also from Fitzwilliam’s as well as even Georgina Darcy’s points-of-view.

If you’re looking for a story that you can quickly read through, this book is not it. Not only does the novel include the passing of many years within the Darcy’s marriage, the way Berdoll writes it makes it feel like the book in itself is an authentic continuation to Pride and Prejudice. Using language and mannerisms from Austen’s time, Berdoll allows the reader to be absorbed into a completely different world. The introduction of various new characters, as well as the re-introduction of original characters, whose stories bring mystery and drama into the Darcys’ lives leaves the readers begging for more.

Despite the almost authentic feeling the book brings, the novel in itself can be quite dragging at certain points in the story. Because of the introduction of various new characters, Berdoll has to create new stories for these characters, and it at times creates confusion within the story, especially when these characters have to by some hand of fate, become involved with the main characters. Also, due to the development of many characters because of the number of years that pass within the story, and also due to the imagination of Berdoll, it may leave readers wondering if certain original characters really do act the way Berdoll writes them out to be.

Personally though, I am quite in love with the way the story pans out. Though it may cause some confusion at times, the way the story makes me feel as I turn page by page, especially when I can almost imagine the story unfolding before my very eyes, it’s quite amazing really. Like a whole new story in itself, readers can truly see the effort and time Berdoll puts into making the book as true (to Pride and Prejudice) as possible, without sacrificing her imagination and integrity as her own writer.

Definitely one of the best Pride and Prejudice sequel books I’ve read so far. I’ve already begun reading the second part of this series…..:)

05
Aug
10

The beginnings of a Jane Austen collection

Some people attribute a love of certain movies to their book counterparts. It’s wonderful albeit sometimes disappointing to find movies that try to live up to the stories, characters, plot that is set-up and given thorough detail in the book. For this certain case though, I’d like to share that the opposite happened to me. My discovery of the book, and later on the author, is all thanks to a movie.

I became a fan of Victorian, Regency Era-related literature back in High School when my friend introduced Romance Novels to me. I found them short but fun, interesting and very much appealing to my then (and ever-present) romantic self. I read book after book after book whenever one was available. However, my first encounter with this certain book at that time discouraged me from reading further. For an English class, one of our choice for books was Sense and Sensibility, which I was very excited to start on. Soon after I started though, it was obvious that I could not devote the time nor the concentration to actually find interest in the book and finish it. So I stopped after a few pages and decided to choose another book. After all, if it was Regency Era I was attracted to, my short and not so difficult romance novels were always there.

I thought I had given up on Jane Austen. That bad start made me think that I was probably not fit to read Austen books. To each their own, since each person has a certain genre or theme of books they like to read. Maybe, Austen books weren’t my thing. That was what I thought, till I watched Pride and Prejudice (2005 – Keira Knightley version). When I first watched it, I cannot remember. But it was like love at first sight.

Ever since then, I’ve been actively (not obsessed), pursuing my still-growing love for Jane Austen’s works. This is my collection so far…

Continue reading ‘The beginnings of a Jane Austen collection’

26
Feb
10

We Love Jane Austen @ Tumblr

Recently, especially during stressful times when I cannot afford to read a book leisurely and am stuck in front of the computer doing (thesis) work, I’ve been tumblr-ing to keep me sane.

A few weeks ago, I discovered this tumblr page dedicated to (almost) everything Jane Austen. From books, to movies, to locations to drawings, everything.

It’s a great tumblr site to fall in love with. Fall in love with Jane Austen all over again. :)

07
Nov
09

Book Review: Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

Review on: Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

Rating: 4/5

Almost everyone who has read Pride and Prejudice, or any of the other Jane Austen books has dreamt of being in the story of their favorite characters. That’s what happens in this story when one day Courtney, a modern-day Austen addict, suddenly wakes up to find herself in Jane Austen’s England, in the body of a young English woman named Jane Mansfield.

Courtney finds herself confused in her new world, especially after hearing from “her” friends and family that she had fallen from her horse and had probably temporarily lost her memory. She knows she doesn’t belong in that time, and can clearly remember herself living as a modern American citizen, yet memories of the girl whose body she’s suppose to be claiming, arises every now and then which makes her Courtney wonder who she really is. Is she Courtney, or is she becoming Jane Mansfield? Throughout the story, the main character struggles with who she really is, and how she is suppose to act in her present England.

In the story, Courtney meets Charles Edgeworth, the man courting Jane and whom Jane had declined. Courtney becomes close to Charles as the story progresses, but later on, memories from Jane begin to confuse her and her feelings. Courtney knows Jane feels something for Charles, but at the same time, she knows that Jane is telling her to keep away from him. Eventually, Courtney finds a diary of Jane’s that  reveals a lot about Jane and why things are happening the way they are.

An interesting read, I was thoroughly amused with the story of the book. Like all time traveling stories go, it is always a plus to include into the book, the lifestyles of the present time into which the character is thrown. I was very glad to read Courtney’s modern-day reactions to her mother, friends, and environment, as she struggled to fit into a society she was clearly not born into. It was also quite comical to see how Courtney seemed aloof at times, especially towards Charles.

What made the story interesting too was how Courtney reacted to Charles, in a way that reflected that she was both one and two personalities in one.

The thing I found most lacking in the story though was a stronger presence of other characters. Also, the ending, felt very lacking. Indeed, the epilogue was a nice read, but as to how the ending eventually moved into it, was something that the ending did not meet. Also, I wish I could have seen more conflict between Courtney’s present-day needs and Jane’s time. But then again, that’s just me.

A very interesting read. A good way to while away the time~ :)

20
Apr
09

Book Review: Mr Darcy Presents His Bride

Mr Darcy Presents His Bride

Review on: Mr Darcy Presents His Bride by Helen Halstead

Rating:  3/5

This story begins right at the end of Jane Austen’s story, with Elizabeth already engaged to be married to Mr Darcy, and preparations for the wedding to be set. Mr Darcy Presents His Bride is an interesting take into the story that happens after Elizabeth becomes Mrs. Darcy, their presentation into society, the effects on not only the Bennet household but on the Darcy household as well.

What’s nice about the book is that it not only focuses on Fitzwiliam and Elizabeth Darcy’s lives, but also includes the continuing stories of Jane and Charles Bingley, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Anne de Bourgh, Georgiana Darcy, Kitty Bennet, Mary Bennet, and Lydia Wickham. It also includes other interesting new characters that the author puts in, in-dialogue with Austen’s original characters.

The story includes a quick look into London Society, and how Elizabeth is first looked upon by London society, with an inclusion of the beliefs of society as to the status and fortune of Elizabeth and her family. The author also does not fail to include the realities of married life, and presents fights that occur between Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam during their married life. The loveliness of this book lies in the fact that Elizabeth is very present in the lives of her sisters, Georgiana and Kitty, as they mature within the story. Also in this book, Elizabeth appears as very real and continues her dislike for her mother’s simple want of high society, by not being drawn into high society and doing her best to remain as real to herself as possible.

There are of course some things that I did not (personally) like in the story. There was (for me) a lack of dialogue within the story. There were parts of the story that passed too quickly and there was a definite lack of dialogue, though the author included letters-writing to quicken the passing of time within the story. Also, there were some parts of the story I believed to be too modern for such a time, which of course is not the fault of the author since writers of present society unconsciously put in modern thought to their writing. I also feel that some parts of story made Elizabeth too easily accepted by society, which could be contrary to the truth in reference to how real high society might actually accept outsiders.

Many of the “new characters” in the story were very interesting, but it felt as if the potentials of those characters weren’t utilized to the fullest, and most of them didn’t appear much throughout the story. Or at least, if not much, they seemed crucial to parts of the story but weren’t really wholly ingrained in the flow of the plot.

Otherwise, the story is a great perspective as to the events that happened after the Pride and Prejudice story. It has interesting characters, interesting dialogue, and an interesting flow of events. A very interesting read.

Decide for yourself if you like the book or not. :) Enjoy~

This book review is based on personal opinions and perspectives, and is also based on a history of reading many books of this time.

17
Apr
09

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Review on: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Rating:  5/5

Recommended

A beloved classic of all time, with one of the most favorite love stories of all time. Pride and Prejudice, I believe is not done justice by the movies that followed the release of the book. In a time when money and society were considered more important than love and happiness, there lived a woman (Elizabeth Bennet) from a large and not entirely wealthy family who believed that one could not marry without affection. Her pride, wit and intelligence made her an interesting character, though not an entirely favored one since women without fortune or status were not highly looked upon in society. There also came to appear a man (Fitzwilliam Darcy) whose fortune made him bearable by most of the town to talk to, though his pride  and seemingly apathetic nature was the disdain of many.

Wit against wit, pride against prejudice, the continued encounters each grew into something more. It was the belief then that society could not tolerate a relationship such as theirs, and while one (in the beginning) struggled against his feelings, another was entirely ignorant of his affection towards her. It could not be overlooked however when in light of his feelings, his mistakes that caused the sadness of a loved one were shown, and his unjust actions towards an acquaintance were clarified. What appeared to be pride and prejudice on both sides eventually gave way in the story, leading to respect, modesty and even love.

Truly a love story what one would like to believe, still existed in our modern world.

What I loved most about the book is the witty dialogue between the characters, with a detailed relay of events and presentation of characters throughout the entire story, I believe it to be a much more interesting presentation than the movies themselves. One of the best things in the book is that despite the use of somewhat classical English, each sentence in itself is a presentation of the artful language of such a time. It was also a great thing to have to watch how slowly each of the characters evolved within the story, and also how eventually they came either to love, accept, and feel dislike for each other.

A book I wholly recommend, this book is honestly not an easy read and may need more concentration in reading it than other books. Really a wonderful classic. Now I see why many people fell in love with the book, the author and its characters. Definitely a book one must read at least once in their life.

29
Jul
08

Pride and Prejudice Sequels, desired.

Recently, my mom purchased for me one of the many “sequels” of Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice classic. Entitled Mr Darcy takes a wife by Linda Berdoll, it aims to give readers the possible world beyond what Jane Austen has written for her characters. Logically speaking, it is what one would call a fanfiction. I am really looking forward to reading not only this book, but the rest of the sequels that various other authors have to offer.

I am quite the Pride and Prejudice fan. But in all honesty, my love for the story stemmed originally from the 2005 movie adaptation of the book, starring Keira Knightley as its Elizabeth Bennet. But based on how I’ve seen books and its movie adaptations, I’ve always been inclined to love the original books rather than the movie itself. I am not quite sure if I can say the same for this for I so dearly love the movie, but I am willing to give it a chance. Now that I have a better oppurtunity to appreciate the book, I have plans on really reading Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice book. Only afterwards will I take the time to read the various sequels.

Actually, I’ve convinced myself so much that I want it, that most of my money is geared towards saving up for the rest of the sequels. Since I have a bunch of books (non Pride and Prejudice-related) that I have yet to read (such as Anne Rice, romance novels and the like..), I don’t think I’ll be buying the rest of the sequels anytime soon. Probably around October. But, as soon as I read each book, I plan on giving reviews for you readers, so you can see which books are worth reading.

I am really looking forward to reading the rest of the books, and reviewing them.

Here are some of the other sequels by either the same or different other authors that I have found:

1. Two shall become One: Mr and Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy by Sharon Lathan

2. Mr Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange

3. Mr Darcy’s Daughters: A Novel by Elizabeth Aston

4. North by Northanger, or the Shades of Pemberley: A Mr and Mrs Darcy Mystery by Carrie Bebris

5. Suspense and Sensibility, or First Impressions Revisited: A Mr and Mrs Darcy Mystery by Carrie Bebris

6. These Three Remain: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman by Pamela Aidan

7. Mr Darcy Presents His Bride: A sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by Helen Halstead

8. Darcy and Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley by Linda Berdoll

9. Darcy’s and the Bingleys: A Tale of Two Gentlemen’s Marriages to Two Most Devoted Sisters by Marsha Altman

10. Darcy’s Passions by Regina Jeffers

11. Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One by Sharon Lathan

12. Letters from Pemberley: The First Year by Jane Dawkins

More here.

My reviews:

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

2. My Darcy Presents His Bride by Helen Halstead




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