Sunday, August 26, 2007

Me and Mr. Darcy

....Yep, sure. Wishful dreaming... Seriously why is it that Mr. Darcy is so beloved by Jane Austen fans? Is it the character in the pages of Pride and Prejudice or maybe it's more the portrayal of Colin Firth's or Matthew McFadyen's Darcy that set hearts a flutter... What do you think?

I first fell in "love" with Mr. Darcy when I was fifteen. I was going through those awful teenage years, ignored by those awful creatures known as teenage boys. I read the book and to me Mr. Darcy was what my dream man was supposed to be, strong, opinionated, rich with a heart of gold. Well, I grew out of it... sort of...

Then Mr. Darcy sparked my curiosity again with the help of the BBC's miniseries P&P, ok, it was Colin Firth that did it for me. I'm not afraid to admit it, here's this gorgeous creature walking across a wonderful estate wet and oh so yummy. Ladies, you know which scene I'm talking about.

And just recently, alright not really recently, two years or so, we had another Darcy sighting, this time portrayed by Matthew McFadyen. Here he's walking across the morning mist and looking oh so yummy, as well.

Personally I think that it's the character itself that women love so much, and the actors are just the bonus. Now which actor do I see "my" Mr. Darcy as, well, I think I have to go with Matthew McFadyen, there's something about him...his eyes...

And all this thanks to Me And Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter.

Here's the blurb:
Dreams come true in this hilarious, feel-good fairy tale about life, love, and dating literature’s most eligible bachelor!

After a string of disastrous dates, Emily Albright 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, the dashing, honorable, and passionate hero of Jane Austen’s classic. 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 foul-tempered journalist writing an article on why the fictional Mr. Darcy has earned the title of Man Most Women Would Love to Date.

The last thing Emily expects to find on her excursion is a broodingly handsome man striding across a field, his damp shirt clinging to his chest. But that’s exactly what happens when she comes face-to-face with none other than Mr. Darcy himself. Suddenly, every woman’s fantasy becomes one woman’s reality. . . .

I really enjoyed this book, I thought that the it was funny, witty, great dialog and fast paced. All my favs! The characters were very good, Emily the book store manager very much like Elizabeth Bennet and Spike very much like Mr. Darcy. I enjoyed how the author made Emily realize the error of her ways through reading P&P, and her resolve in apologizing for her prejudice.

I read this book through the library, but I'm adding it to my shopping list. I would love to have a copy on my keeper shelf.

Rate: 4/5


Rosie said...

I think I was 13is when I read P&P. I got my Mom's copy out of my grandparent's basement. At 13 boys are pretty much in the mean PITA category so when I read about a man who was so honorable it was just too dreamy. It made me think that maybe some of those mean PITA boys might be good guys beneath their swagger. Only I probably wasn't precocious enough to use the word swagger. :) I think I'll look for this book.

Leya said...

When you get around to reading the book, I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Tara Marie said...

I read this one back in July and really enjoyed it too. It was a fun read. I'm on a P&P kick. Read it and Letters from Pemberley and am currently reading Old Friends and New Fancies it was written in 1913 and claims to be the "first Jane Austen sequel ever created" So far so good.

Leya said...

Me too, Tara Marie. I've watched the BBC/A&E and the Matthew McFadyen versions of the book. I've read Austenland, Me and Mr. Darcy, but I'm not stopping just yet, I just picked up Darcy's Story by Janet Aylmer. And I don't see the end yet... LOL