Theres Something About Darcy eBook ´ Theres Something

  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • Theres Something About Darcy
  • Gabrielle Malcolm
  • 08 May 2014
  • 9781911445562

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  1. Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨ Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨ says:

    MR DARCY IS THE ULTIMATE ROMANTIC HERO THEREFORE WE NEED A BOOK ABOUT HIM OBVIOUSLY 🤣When I started this book I thought it would be some sort of psychological examination about why Mr Darcy appeals to so many different people Well that's not what this was about In stead it is like a story of Mr Darcy throughout time his endurance and his evolution It's a light a read without much depth but sometimes that is just what you need👍 THE THINGS I LIKED 👍 Lightness Even though I was expecting something else this did still entertain me once I tuned in my mind to the actual experienceInspiration This book gave me so much inspiration for other books I need to read to get my Darcy fix in the future👎 THE THINGS I DISLIKED 👎Other characters After looking at the original Austen Darcy Malcolm went on to examine other 19th century 'Darcys' However she failed to convince me that these 'heroes' were in any way connected with or inspired by Darcy I mean Heathcliff and Dracula I didn't get it ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Follow me for book goodness Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  2. Sarah Sarah says:

    I have a strong affinity with all things Austen Undoubtedly Mr Darcy is my favourite literary hero and I was excited to be able to read an exploration of Darcy mania This provided plenty of interesting facts although at times there was a little tediumThe way that this book is structured reminded me of a university thesis There are lengthy chapters that are divided into sub headings throughout Not to discredit the writer and the obvious extensive research that has been undertaken but I did feel that I was reading a detailed investigation into Austen and Mr Darcy from its conception to popular cultureThere are connections made to many pieces of literature from Austen’s period to contemporary popular culture I was familiar with many of the texts and honestly finished this book feeling inspired This is always a great way to complete a book I had the urge to find my own copy of 'Pride and Prejudice' to re visit and fall in love all over again with Mr Darcy Indeed references to Burney’s 'Evelina' and in recent times the 'Twilight' series had me yearning to read them again and make my own connections to AustenWith many interesting facts particularly about the influence of the Latter Day Saints in Darcy 'Twilight' I believe this book should appeal to Austen and Darcy fans alike Those who enjoy a strong male lead may be interested in reading the connections with Darcy and Austen’s ideas I found I learnt new ideas and was exposed to different stories that I wish to follow up at a later dateDespite my love for Austen and Darcy I found this account a little tedious in places and sometimes repetitive There is an awful lot of plot recounts in order to make the connection to Darcy and this did not always appeal I am not sure how else the writer could have approached the different stories but I believe that a engaging method would have been interesting to readThis is a great book for all Austen fans Inevitably there is a lot of focus on Colin Firth the BBC adaptation and 'Bridget Jones’s Diary' However what is a discussion on Mr Darcy if these three important elements are not includedWith thanks to Endeavour Media for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  3. & & says:

    A uniue character study on one of the most well loved and notorious characters in all of literary history The study is very informative and the author clearly well spoken and it brings to light things that even the most well read Darcy enthusiast may have missed 55 stars

  4. San San says:

    Mr Darcy is my favorite literature character and as Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book I also watched all adaptations so this book was perfect opportunity for me to see how Darcy influence characters even after 2 centuries It's well written and researched analysis of darcy character and I think PP fans will find it interestingThanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  5. Meredith (Austenesque Reviews) Meredith (Austenesque Reviews) says:

    Studying the Many Facets Faces and Forms of Mr Darcy OVERVIEWCenturies later Jane Austen’s ardent aloof and aristocratic hero is still gaining fans sustaining romantic ideals and inspiring writers and film makers In Jane Austen’s eyes it was Elizabeth Bennet who was “delightful a creature as ever appeared in print” and the epicenter of her “light bright and sparkling” tale And yet two hundred years after first appearing in print it is Mr Darcy who has emerged as arguably one of the most iconic talked about and reincarnated literary creations in the history of English literature It is clearly evident that indeed “there’s something about Darcy”With it’s fun feminine and eye catching exterior Dr Gabrielle Malcolm’s examination of “Darcymania” proves to be a thoughtful study of Mr Darcy’s creation the romantic heroes that came before and after him and his many reincarnations on film and in printMY ASSESSMENTFirst off I love that Dr Gabrielle Malcolm set out to pen this work all about our dear Mr Darcy I appreciate the depth and breadth of her study it is extensive and I love the title a perfect choice Dr Malcolm gives readers a full scope about Mr Darcy from his creation to wherehowwhy Mr Darcy exists todayDr Malcolm is very well versed on the subject of Mr Darcy She brings to light interesting findings about possible influences and origins for Mr Darcy many of which will be new to readers Whatever topic Dr Malcolm introduced in this work well known or obscure she made sure to canvass it thoroughly I often found myself admiring Dr Malcolm’s word choice and playful tone Her prose is filled with scholarly elouence and yet it is light accessible and entertainingMy favorite chapters were the ones where Dr Malcolm breaks down and analyzes the various portrayals of Mr Darcy on screen all the movie and series adaptations and in print seuels alternative takes and other JAFF It was fascinating to understand the widely divergent themes screenwriters were interweaving into their adaptations of Pride and Prejudice And I absolutely adored reading about various Austenesue works – the early days Emma Tennant the well known authors who introduced new slants to Jane Austen Jo Baker PD James Curtis Sittenfeld and the inventive stylings of beloved Austenesue writers Jane Odiwe Alexa Adams Marilyn Brant I took great pleasure in these studies and appreciated the insightful and objective commentary by Dr MalcolmWhile I did enjoy the chapters that outlined and discussed the various romantic heroes that followed Mr Darcy – Edward Rochester Heathcliff Mr Thornton Dracula Edward Cullen Christian Grey and various other Regency romance heroes that bear the similar Mr Darcy archetype – I did feel that some of these chapters were a little too lengthy and a little less pertinent Each story was described in detail with key plot points analysis and reactions which ended up comprising almost a third of this work altogether And although a comparison of Mr Darcy and Mr Rochester is fascinating to consider the fact that Mr Rochester most likely was not influencedinspired by Mr Darcy Charlotte Brontë first read PP just after publishing Jane Eyre means that their similarities carry a little less significanceCONCLUSIONWith There’s Something About Darcy Dr Gabrielle Malcolm delivers a thought provoking and compelling comprehensive study of Jane Austen’s aloof and proud hero from Derbyshire This work will entertain and enlighten readers who are new to Jane Austen as well as die hard Darcyholics Who wouldn’t want to spend time analyzing the many facets of Mr DarcyAustenesue Reviews

  6. Kathleen Flynn Kathleen Flynn says:

    I read this after learning about it from the blog Girl With Her Head in a Book and found it both enjoyable and entertaining Malcolm looks at how the Darcy archetype has recurred through the centuries since Jane Austen created him in characters as diverse as Heathcliff the Scarlet Pimpernel and Edward Cullen the vampire She explores how he's been portrayed in film his influence on romance novels and Jane Austen fan fiction broadly defined I would not have thought there was a whole book's worth of things to say about Mr Darcy but I was wrong He is an endlessly renewable resource like wind energy

  7. Sarah Sarah says:

    Because Darcy is tall dark an adjective never used to describe him in canon and broody also never used for him in canon he apparently can be compared to every other fictional male that ever followed him After taking 20% of the book to recap the plot of Pride Prejudice Malcolm compares Darcy to Rochester Heathcliff Dracula the Scarlet Pimpernel Heyer heroes rape y bodice ripper heroes Edward Cullen and Christian Grey while giving full plot descriptions of each book with one sentence to say how a single trait of Darcy's is borrowed for these other characters The facile comparisons and long plot summaries bloat the book while giving it little substance The author seems deeply influenced by Colin Firth's portrayal of Darcy so much that she's applied the traits of Firth's Darcy to the character in Austen's book which leads to a lot of mischaracterization of who Austen's hero is and skews the trajectory of how he influences literature and pop culture By the end she's simply touching on every bit of pop culture that Darcy hits without delving deep into them I found this a frustrating and infuriating read

  8. Ceri Ceri says:

    This review was first posted on Babblings of a Bookworm favourite of Jane Austen's heroes has always been Mr Darcy Despite my love of the others well some of the others because I'm a bit lukewarm about Edmund Bertram and Edward Ferrars he's been the one for me I know why that is but I was interested to see somebody else's hypothesis so I was keen to read Gabrielle Malcolm's book on thisIt's a fairly long book and it's clear that a lot of research has gone into this The book begins by putting Darcy in a bit of context comparing him with book heroes of the time such as those in the works of Samuel Richardson and Mrs Radcliffe Pride Prejudice's popularity at the time was far driven by public feeling about the heroine rather than the hero as it was for me when I first read the book Elizabeth is the main character after allWe then take a trip through books to see how the hero evolved from Georgian sensibilities through to Victorian ones I could see the links that the author was making but I didn't necessarily agree with her on all of this Although Darcy has some traits that could be defined as Byronic I wouldn't categorise him as such and for me there is too much of a gap between Mr Darcy and a hero of a Brontë novel to say that they are of the same type although I suppose you could argue that the Brontës may have felt that they were righting Austen's wrongs as Charlotte at least was on record as feeling that Austen's books were lacking in passionMrs Gaskell's Mr Thornton from North and South is compared to Rochester in this book but to me he is far of a direct comparator to Darcy Their control resolve and above all pride are so comparableOnce we've passed through the Victorian period we look at the 20th century and the revival of interest in the GeorgianRegency period that was brought about by Georgette HeyerDr Malcolm also considers the adaptations of Pride Prejudice that have been made looking at 1940 1980 1995 and 2005 I would say that the comments made in relation to the adaptations were balanced which will please most fans as so many have a passionate favourite I think it's fair to say that the most recent period of Darcy mania was sparked by the 1995 adaptation which brought the character of Darcy to the co star status rather than the supporting actor There were a number of interesting factoids in this section which I hadn't been aware of previously such as Darcy's physical views of Elizabeth at the beginning were mostly from above and as time goes on and he regards himself less as her superior the characters are physically on a level to emphasise this I also liked the points about a lot of the Darcy scenes don't have dialogue so it's not making up any dialogue that Austen didn't write but still increasing the role of the characterAlthough there was Austenesue fiction or Jane Austen Fan Fiction before the 1995 PP adaptation there was a bit of an increase after this date and Ms Malcolm also discusses one of the fanfiction sites and moves on to look at fanfic in both books and other media The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and some fanfic adaptations Austenland etc For long term readers of the genre there were gaps in this part for example a fanfic site was discussed as if it was the only one but as a reader of Austenesue fiction and one who started reading it online it's one I've never visited and I've seen other sites referenced often Similarly there were some authors who I feel are very influential who weren't mentioned; the focus in this book is on traditionally published books The flip side of this is I learned about some books I hadn't ever come across previously which I found interesting although the book in uestion Darcy's Utopia by Fay Weldon sounds pretty disturbing and not one I plan to add to my TBROne thing I would mention is that the plots of the books are all discussed and if you haven't read all of them and intend to some surprises may be spoiled for you such as plot twists identities of killers secret identities etc It may also put you off reading some of the books discussed for example a few years before I read Jane Eyre somebody told me the main plot points It made me not want to read the book which would have been a huge shame as it's a fantastic novel but a synopsis doesn't do it justiceThe book also considers an issue that I hadn't particularly considered The Darcy Problem what do we make of an arrogant obnoxious and overly entitled heroI don't really see him that way although when you think about it it's not an entirely unfair comment I think in an historic context some of those characteristics are less problematic for authors the master of an estate has to be confident and given the structure of society a feeling of superiority is understandable even if it's not vastly attractive To keep enough of Darcy in a modern Darcy and still have a likeable hero can be a finer balanceI'll leave you with two uotes which give you of my idea of what makes Darcy such a compelling hero Darcy's ability to change his views modify his opinions for example developing respect for the Bennet family and learn from his mistakes have powerfully impressed readers for the past 200 years He grows and transforms before our eyes He is reinvented throughout the course of the narrative into an ideal form of a man He enables writers to represent stories that circulate around change for the better redemption men with means who seek sincerity over superficiality and strong heroes who can say I'm sorry I was wrongIn summary I found this a very worthwhile read Clearly a lot of research has gone into it and it gave me a lot of food for thought I'd rate it as a 4 star read My thanks go to the publishers Endeavour uill who provided me with an ebook of There's Something About Darcy for my honest review

  9. Cathy Cathy says:

    There were many elements I enjoyed in this exploration of the continuing literary and cultural influence of the hero of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice For instance Gabrielle Malcolm traces the influence of earlier authors – Samuel Richardson Ann Radcliffe and others – on the creation of the character of Darcy I also liked the way the author examined the growth of Darcy’s character throughout the novel I wouldn’t have minded of this type of close reading and textual analysis although perhaps that’s the former Open University MA English student coming out in meThe sections where the author explores contemporary reaction to Pride and Prejudice were fascinating Charlotte Bronte had mixed feelings apparently although Dr Malcolm argues Edward Rochester the hero of Jane Eyre and Darcy have much in common  However she also goes on to point out key differences between themI confess I found some of the detours into figures like Beau Brummell and Sir Henry Irving less interesting and the plot summaries of novels such as The Scarlet Pimpernel and the works of Georgette Heyer a little too detailed However I enjoyed the author’s analysis of Pride and Prejudice seuels such as the highly regarded Longbourn by Jo Baker the definitely less well regarded by Austen fans at least Pemberley by Emma Tennant and of the various TVfilm adaptations of Pride and Prejudice including of course the one with ‘that scene’In support of the numerous seuels spin offs and retellings of Pride and Prejudice many of which the author explores in some detail Gabrielle Malcolm makes the persuasive argument that Austen’s own letters reveal she imagined a future for Darcy and Elizabeth I think we can safely assume that had she written her own seuel it would not have involved zombiesAlong the way Gabrielle Malcolm addresses what she terms ‘the Darcy problem’ namely why would a young woman as intelligent as Elizabeth be attracted to such a proud arrogant man She concludes that Darcy symbolises ‘an ideal of authority honesty and protection’ and argues he will endure for years to come because readers are drawn to the idea of a hero who shows ‘his inner sensitivity beneath the tough proud awkward sometimes cruel exterior’The publishers describe There’s Something About Darcy as ‘a must read for every Darcy and Jane Austen fan’ The final chapters of the book in which the author explores the rise of fan fiction and its various manifestations are likely to appeal to those looking for recommendations to satisfy their appetite for new twists on Pride and Prejudice and Darcy in particularAlthough for me there were a few too many detours from the main subject There’s Something About Darcy is an interesting in depth look at the appeal and afterlife of Austen’s most well known fictional hero

  10. Nancy Nancy says:

    I became a Janite in 1978At Temple University a professor told our class there were three courses we should not miss and I took them all Toby Olshin's honors class on Jane Austen was one; it had a huge impact on me as a student and a readerIn 1978 no one could foresee Jane Austen becoming universally recognized or Darcy taking precedence as our favorite literary romantic hero Although Pride and Prejudice was early adapted for the stage it took film to reach a wide audience Darcy's various film portrayal have eclipsed Austen's original in the public mind Darcy has become Colin Firth in a wet shirt or Mathew Mcfayden's soulful sensitivity In There's Something About Darcy Gabrielle Malcolm contends that Austen created a romantic hero archetype and traces his many manifestations and transformations over the centuries It's a lot to cover as she delves into every genre including romance and fanfictionI was engaged while reading about literary heroes before and after Darcy including Rochester and Heathcliff I had seen many of the various film adaptations she discusses but was getting overwhelmed by the time she came to contemporary novels and spin offs I was overloaded I have not read many of these books and although she explains each book's plot and such I was often reduced to skimming the text Malcolm has given me a lot to think about and I feel impelled to revisit the novel and the famous film versions with her interpretation in mind I was granted access to a free egalley by the publisher through NetGalley My review is fair and unbiased

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