Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Chasing Mr. Darcy - From Wacky to Wicked

Has there ever been a truth so universally acknowledged as this:

Women love Mr. Darcy.

P&P seems to have enjoyed a remarkable number of revisions lately, some refreshing and some downright ridiculous. Join us as we take a look at the most recent Pride and Prejudice remixes.

Let me count the ways...

2009 Books

1)Loving Mr. Darcy: Journeys Beyond Pemberley (Pride & Prejudice Continues) by Sharon Lathan

2)Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

3)According To Jane by Marilyn Brant

4)Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange

5)Waiting for Mr. Darcy (Indigo) by Chamein Canton

6)A Little Bit Psychic: Pride & Prejudice with a modern twist by Aimée Avery

7)Bargain with the Devil: A Spicy Retelling of Pride and Prejudice (Volume 1) by Enid Wilson

8)The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini

9)Fate And Consequences: A Tale Of Pride And Prejudice by Linda Wells

10)The Other Mr. Darcy: Did you know Mr. Darcy had an American cousin? by Monica Fairview

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

12)The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy: A Novel by Maya Slater

13)Darcy's Passions: Pride and Prejudice Retold Through His Eyes by Regina Jeffers

14)Vampire Darcy's Desire: A Pride and Prejudice Adaptation by Regina Jeffers

15)Mr. Darcy's Dream: A Novel by Elizabeth Aston

16)Darcy's Temptation: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Regina Jeffers

2010 Books

1)Pemberley's Promise: An Uncharted Voyage with Mr. Darcy by Kara Louise

2)My Dearest Mr. Darcy: An amazing journey into love everlasting by Sharon Lathan

3) Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart: A Novel by Beth Pattillo

4)Pride/Prejudice: A Novel of Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, and Their Forbidden Lovers by Ann Herendeen

5)Conquering Mr. Darcy by Abigail Reynolds

6)Mr. Darcy's Great Escape: A tale of the Darcys & the Bingleys by Marsha Altman

7)Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World by Abigail Reynolds

Has there ever been another novel as revised and reworked as many times as this? If I had gone back and included prior year books I fear this post would never end!

What do you think of this Pride and Prejudice obsession, just a trend or an enduring genre? Just how much Mr. Darcy can we take?

Just a thought,



KyAnn said...

I can take a lot of just about anything, but that list is an overdose. :) I think most everyone has a favorite rendition. if they don't, they're missing out.

Michelle Lauren said...

I LOVE Mr. Darcy. Colin Firth is still the hotness to me, but so was Mathew McFadyen (in the recent version with Kiera Knightley).

As for literary versions of P & P, I like Jane Austen's. The dry, sometimes acerbic wit is a fave of mine. I tried reading a book that followed Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy after the marriage, but I couldn't get into it.

Although, the anthology about Darcy and zombies made me go, "Whuh?"

Minx Malone said...

I know, me too! I thought "Zombies? Really?"

It's a little crazy but I'll have to ask around and see if it's any good :)