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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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A new period drama based on the life of John Keats and his romance with Fanny Brawne. I still haven’t seen this one even though it’s been released since the middle of September last year. It seems like it will be a great movie to watch and I bet many teenage girls will start googling for poems by John Keats.

Has anyone seen this one? If so, what did you think of it?

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The acting has improved since the last movie, if that’s a positive thing I don’t know, but it’s still improved. Robert Pattinson isn’t a big part of the movie which I’m fine with since he wasn’t a big part in the book. It was weird that he showed up here and there but I won’t complain.

As for Jacob Black, I hate what they’ve done with his character, it’s such a shame that a more experienced actor didn’t get the part, at least then  he wouldn’t come across as a whiney little brat. Taylor Lautner has taken my advise and given himself the gift of acting lessons but clearly it didn’t help him. The clenching of the jaw is his trademark expression and that’s all he has to give! Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan is still horrid, I don’t know why people say that she was the best actor in the movie, but at the same time I can understand why since all they have to compare with is Taylor Lautner.

The movie itself was an average 3 out of 5, the scenery was perfect except for the part where Bella and Alice went to Italy so they could save Edward, that part reminded me of Pushing Daisies. It’s not a bad thing but it doesn’t actually fit into the previous mood of the movie where everything is mostly dark and gloomy. It’s a shame that the other members of the Cullen family weren’t a large part in the movie and that’s why I’m looking forward to Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, even though the same main actors will remain in the franchise.

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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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So…I’ve seen 7 episodes of The Vampire Diaries and what do I think of it? It’s getting better for each episode that passes, I’m not saying that it’s a GREAT AND AMAZING show, but it’s good. There’s a lot of angst…who isn’t surprised? Elena and Stefan will get together and break up again and again, oh the angst is killing me.

And Damon is the bad guy, who has “some” good in him, the writers really want to make that a really obvious fact. But when their focus group is a bunch of tweens who are diehard Twilight fans, who can blame them? What’s obvious for us (I’m 23) isn’t always as clear to them…we have to make things easy on their tiny little brains with a need of a weekly vampire fix.

For those of you who don’t live in the US, you can watch the show here!

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The story: Wanda is diagnosed with a terminal illness but it doesn’t have to be a death sentence. With a werewolf and a vampire for best friends, she has options that most ordinary people wouldn’t. As Wanda ponders what to do about her mortality, a former vampire who now works for Wanda, Heath reveals he has secrets, and one of them is that his former blood lust has turned into an old-fashioned lust-for Wanda. And he’s already given up too much to lose the love of his lifetimes.

Opinion: Wanda, Wanda , Wanda…what are we going to do with you? I would be in heaven if I had the option to become immortal if I had a mortal disease, most people would jump at the opportunity but do you know what Wanda does instead of feeling happy? She sits around and awaits death, no pun intended. That is until God’s gift to Wanda lands on her door in form of a freaking hot man who brings her back to life.

I feel sorry for Wanda but at the same time I just want to grab her and knock some sense into her. Why would you want to die when you have the option to remain above earth? For the first part of the book she has this whole air about her that says “I’m so vulnerable, take care of me” when it should actually say “I’m successful at my job and I know it!”.

This only lasts for the first 50 pages or so and then things get better, trust me!

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The story: The third installment of Meyer’s vampire-romance series finds “heroine” Bella Swan anxious to become a vampire and live forever with handsome vampire Edward. Obstacles arise when Edward demands marriage and werewolf Jacob declares his love for Bella. Don’t forget the fact that Bella’s life is in danger…again.

Opinion: I’m not sure that this third book was necessary, but when you discover that there is money to make if you prolong the story then the quality has to step back and leave room for quantity.

There is really no character development, other than that we get to read notes that are sent back and forth between Bella and Jacob, which really belittles the characters. They are teenagers not kindergarten children. OK we get that you are hurt Jacob, she didn’t pick you, but did you ever think  that she would?

The fact that Bella is portrayed as this helpless and somewhat stupid girl who can’t take care of herself really sends out the wrong signal to all the young tweens who are diehard fans of this series. She always has to depend on others to save her and she only gets tough when she feels the need to protect her family is such a cliché.

I don’t think you would miss anything important if you skipped reading this book and went right on to read Breaking Dawn instead. This book does not add anything new to the story, in my opinion it’s simply a pocket filler for the author and the publishing company.

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