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Austen Spinoffs: Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll
The first thing that I need to say is that this is a fairly explicit romance novel that aims to act as a sequel to Pride and Prejudice. Let me repeat: this is a romance novel, and includes all that you might think that means. I really can't decide if I hate this book, or if I find it humorous enough to enjoy a few times. I'm not the only one--most Austen fans have divided into two camps. One that hates Berdoll's piece, others that love hearing about the post--marriage romantic affairs of Lizzie and Darcy. I'm not an overly sensitive reader; if a book includes some explicit content while still having an amazing plot, well-written language and just some kind of intrigue, I can keep reading. I can even enjoy those parts, as long as they seem fitting and appropriate to the characters and stories. That being said, I don't think the explicit content in this book really meet those standards: I'm reminded more of fanfiction that of a sequel with a substantial plot. Besides my issues with the content Berdoll felt inclined to add (and the language she uses to introduce it: his unhintables? really?), I found the overall plot to be lacking, and the characters to have been degraded a notch from their previous glory. Darcy, who we know to be a sort of pompous but well meaning man, turns out to have been a bit of a loose man since the age of 16. Does that sound like Austen's Darcy? I don't think so. Often, I'll forgive a spinoff for changing the characters because it is supposed to be a "different" story, but in this case, when it's written as a sequel, I can't forgive it. If you're comfortable with romance novels and want to give it a read, go for it. You won't suffer too much, but if you'd rather not, you're not missing much, either.
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@timeturnerjones Normally I'd scoff at you and be sad at the reduction of Jane Austen to a romance novel; but my wife loves this book and has assured me it is nothing like the stereotypical romance novel.