“After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on the screen. Lizzie falls hard and makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. This ill-advised pledge threatens to ruin any chance of finding true love. During the six intervening years, she has refused to give any interested suitors a chance. They weren’t Mr. Darcy enough. Coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. That guy is Chad, a kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. While she’s dating Chad, her dream comes true in the form of a wealthy bookstore owner named Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Of course she has to follow her dream. But as Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she’s forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place.” ~ Goodreads
What a lovely book to finish off my reviews for 2013.
This Contemporary Romance cleverly weaves around the story of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. There are references to “fine eyes” and “brooding” and as a P&P fanatic, you are quickly brought back to what swept millions of readers off of their feet with the timeless story of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.
I originally fell in love with the book and the Colin Firth 1995 BBC miniseries version. He will always be my Mr. Darcy.
But then in 2005, Joe Wright decided he would try his hand on Pride and Prejudice starring Matthew Macfadyen and Kiera Knightley and I was very skeptical. This novel (My Own Mr. Darcy) is based on the main character Lizzie seeing the 2005 adaptation and falling in love with that Mr. Darcy. Well, I was also pleasantly surprised with Joe Wright’s take on the coveted novel. The cinematography was breathtaking, the music enchanting and the casting was perfect!
So the book is lovely and sweet. There are no raunchy sex scenes or unnecessary drama. Lizzie is just trying to get over comparing every man she meets with Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy.
I understand her challenge. Mr. Darcy is very difficult to recreate in the 21st century. My husband continues to tell me he is a fictional character. True, yes, but what is wrong with aiming high, male species?!
She meets two men, one very similar to Mr. Darcy; his behavior, countenance and appearance but I must say even when he warmed up a bit, he was dreadful. Then there is Chad, who is nothing like Mr. Darcy but very much a gentleman and considerate in every way. Oh, decisions, decisions. But most importantly Lizzie learned:
“Don’t mess up your future because you’re afraid to change your dream”.
I liked everything about this story except now I have all things P&P on the brain including Mr. Darcy and will have to dust off my DVDs and have a marathon of some sort.
Thanks for following me this year and I look forward to more adventures in 2014!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
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