Hello readers! I am so excited to welcome back author Lory Lilian to Austenesque Reviews today! As you may have seen, not too long ago Lory released a sequel (The Rainbow Promise) to one of her most beloved Pride and Prejudice variations – Rainy Days (one of my faves)! In her guest post, Lory brings up one of our favorite topics, Mr. Darcy!
Dear Meredith, thank you for the opportunity to visit your blog again; it is always a pleasure to be here. Oh, and Happy Birthday one day late. Hope it was a wonderful and sweet one!
For today’s post, I planned to talk about something that has held my interest for a long time. In fact, I want to address a question for which I still do not have the right answer: Why do we love Darcy so much? Why can’t we have enough of him? What spell are we under that our interest is immediately roused at the mere mention of his name?
I know, I know—the “problem” has been addressed many times. There have been sooooooo many articles and debates in the last year about the appeal of Darcy, the Darcy effect, and so on. So why ask it again?
Because things are different for us—Austenesque people. We are not only in love with the “original” Darcy—or with his different portraits in movies/miniseries—but with hundreds of other versions of him.
I have always wondered at the genius of Jane Austen, who created a character that is very much alive after more than two hundred years and has become the dream and aspiration of so many women without having any real description of him.
We have no specific information about the color of his hair, about his eyes, or details about his features. We only know of his “ardent” love for Elizabeth and some strong traits of his character.
So, we started to build on that—to draw the portrait as it appeared in our dreams—and the fabulous world of JAFF was born.
Authors or readers, we all have a certain imagine of him. Sometimes we love, sometimes we hate the way Darcy is described in a certain variation, but we keep reading, and we keep wanting more.
And when we find one that perfectly matches our own image, we swoon over it and keep reading it again and again—but still want more.
So what is it that we are looking for in “Darcy”? What is the “perfect one”? There are so many of them out there—which one is worthy of our love?
I have asked myself about this more often lately as I am in the middle of writing a new story, different from my others with a different Darcy—different, but very much the same in essentials.
For more than eleven years, I was delighted to see people enjoying Rainy Days and declaring this Darcy a most romantic and dreamy one.
My biggest challenge in finishing this sequel—which was entirely written at readers’ requests—was to keep the characters—and especially Darcy—the same as the readers remembered and loved him. And it was not an easy task.
After Rainy Days, I wrote four other books. In each of them, I tried to keep Darcy’s most important qualities—as I understood them from reading Pride and Prejudice more than fifty times—but also to add some original touches, some small things to raise the readers’ interest. In other words, in all my stories, the Darcy I am writing is always the same—yet different. So returning to my “first Darcy” was quite a challenge. Did I succeed in fulfilling my dear readers’ expectations? Hopefully yes, but I am always curious to hear the opinion of those who have read both books.
My latest Darcy will still keep some important traits from the original just as he described them in his own words. You guessed right—not the best ones. He has a resentful temper. His good opinion once lost, is lost forever. He has faults enough, indeed, and all of them will be expanded in my new—and quite full of angst—story. But he will also be honorable, generous, kind, smart, powerful, determined, and many others, but most of all, very much in love with Elizabeth – his only true love. (Yes, there will be lots of hot mush too in case you were wondering…)
So, finally, here is the question I was talking about: What are the three most important qualities that you, dear readers, absolutely must find in any Darcy you are reading? What are the three things on which your own portrait of Darcy is built?
That is such a great question, Lory! I am already mulling over what character traits are most important for me to see in Darcy and I look forward to seeing what ones everyone else chooses! Thanks for starting such an interesting discussion!
Lory kindly brings with her 2 LOVELY ebooks of The Rainbow Promise for me to randomly give away to TWO lucky readers. Woot Woot!!!
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- This giveaway is open worldwide. Thank you, Lory!
- This giveaway ends August 24th!