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Mr Darcy,Vampyre is  a sequel to Amanda Grange’s novel Mr Darcy’s Diary. It begins on Darcy and Elizabeth’s wedding day and follows the two on their honeymoon trip to Paris, the Alps and Venice during a lull in the Napoleonic Wars. Told from Elizabeth’s point of view, the story is about her expanding horizons as she leaves the sheltered life she led at Netherfield for her new world as a wife and a traveler outside England. Darcy’s continued lack of physical attention to Elizabeth makes her realize that something isn’t quite right, but the clues provided in the text are too subtle for her to figure out his secret.

I haven’t read Mr Darcy’s Diary and I don’t think that I will read it after reading this sequel either. I don’t know how many times I’ve said that I hate when authors take an amazing story and try to make it into their own. Some manage to develope a decent twist to the story but others, like Amanda Grange, just don’t make the cut. I can tell you that if I was Elizabeth Bennet I would take a stake, stab him and find myself a new husband. I was bored with Mr. Darcy, something I never thought that I would feel about him, but Ms. Grange managed to make one of the most wanted men in fiction be unwanted. I have to stop reading all these craptastic adaptations of Jane Austen!

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I walked into a cute little bookstore today, looking for nothing in particular and to my surprise there was a book titled Mr Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange. Why do we humans lack so much imagination that we have to copy the same story over and over again?

When I came home I discovered even more novels that were connected to Jane Austen. There was everything from zombies, sea monsters and other supernatural species. But vampires was the one that stood out, there was even one novel were Jane Austen herself was a vampire ( Miss Austen Bites Back).

I know that vampires equals money these days, but that doesn’t have to mean that just because you involve them into an already famous story, the outcome will be great or even good. In my opinion it’s also disrespectful to the original story, it changes so much that it no longer holds any resemblance to what it previously was and the new author just uses the famous names to draw attention to their novel.

People should write whatever they want, but they should atleast try to be original when they do it. Originality is what makes an author rememberable.

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The story: Emily Albright is the manager of a cute little bookstore in New York and she decides she’s had it with modern-day love and would much rather curl up with Pride and Prejudice and spend her time with Mr. Darcy. So when her best friend suggests a wild week of margaritas and men in Mexico with the girls, Emily abruptly flees to England on a guided tour of Jane Austen country instead.

Far from inspiring romance, the company aboard the bus consists of a gaggle of little old ladies and one single man, Spike Hargreaves, a ill-tempered journalist who is writing an article on why the fictional Mr. Darcy has earned the title of Man Most Women Would Love to Date.

Opinion: The moment of surprise in the story is that Emily finds herself face to face with none other than Mr Darcy himself. That’s the last thing she expects to find on her excursion, a brooding handsome man striding across a field, his damp shirt clinging to his chest. Suddenly, every woman’s fantasy becomes one woman’s reality.

The fact that Mr. Darcy would even be remotely interested in Emily, who for most of the time is either drunk or accidentally high, is hilarious. He is after all a proper english gentleman and she is Emily from the block. If he didn’t approve of Elizabeth who was a well mannered young woman then there is no way that he would even consider taking a woman with no connections and an unknown background from New York as his wife. I don’t see Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy in Alexandra Potter’s version at all. Maybe that’s an unfair comparisssion since one author is famous for her pen and the other for banking on the other’s ideas.

But it serves its purpose as a spin-off. It has a hint of the original main characters and a twist in the story.

 

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