Inspired by Darcy: Characterizations of Jane Austen’s proudest hero

Jane Austen's character Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice
Mr. Darcy

Have you noticed how many novels are based on or inspired by classics, especially novels by Jane Austen? First there are the retellings of stories, like Emma and the Vampires, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, or Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, in which an author takes the original classic and adds exciting paranormal characters. Sequels to Pride and Prejudice, from the efforts of Emma Tenant, Joan Aiken and Jane Gillespie to more recent novels like Mrs. Darcy’s Dilemma by Diana Birchall and Letters from Pemberley by Jane Dawkins prove that Austen’s popularity is still going strong.

Novelists seeking good characters for their stories often insert Austen herself into their books, like Jane and the Canterbury Tale by Stephanie Barron, the newest in a mystery series featuring Jane Austen. Other examples are According to Jane by Marilyn Brant, Cassandra and Jane by Jill Pitkeathly and Just Jane by Nancy Moser.

What astonishes me is the sheer volume of fiction about Mr. Darcy.
I can understand a crush on Edward Cullen (Twilight) or even Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, whose “half-civilised ferocity lurked yet in the depressed brows and eyes full of black fire…” But Continue reading “Inspired by Darcy: Characterizations of Jane Austen’s proudest hero”