2007: 114. Darcy’s Story

“It is a consequence of possessing an income of ten thousand pounds a year that a man may order his life to his own liking and choose his own society.”

Darcy’s Story, Janet Aylmer

What an unnecessary book.  It tells the story of Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy’s perspective.  It is just fanfic, pure and simple and as such, I am embarrassed that I read it (it was given to me, I was in the mood for something light and trashy, I should have found something else).  It is so grim and clunky at the beginning that I was embarrassed for everyone who was even remotely related to it including me, and Miss Jane Austen.  However, once it started getting into the meat of Pride in Prejudice, it picked up and became un-put-downable - but only because Austen wrote such a fabulously good story that even though you know what happens you can’t help but read about it all.  Also because Alymer quotes liberally and repetitively from Austen, so you almost feel like you are actually reading Pride and Prejudice, which you should have just re-read all along.

Recommended for:   No one. Read the real thing.  Ok, maybe if you know someone who is obsessed with Pride and Prejudice,  and wants to be reminded how much better it is than this junk.

Date/Place Completed: 7/25/07; D.C.

Categories: Fiction; Worst Book

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