Jane Austen, born 1775 died ???
Jane Austen the British author died in 1817, but her brilliance never did! Nearly 200 years later best-selling authors are still bringing readers more of the most popular romantic hero in all of literary history: Mr. Darcy!
Latest releases in the world of Jane Austen Fan Fiction, as it is called by followers, include The Girl from Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux, Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, and To Capture Mr. Darcy by Elizabeth Ann West.
And the men and women who devour Pride & Prejudice adaptations, variations, and sequels are not shy about their enjoyment of these tales! Pride & Prejudice is regularly ranked in the top 10 of the best books in English literature from Goodreads communities to rankings by educators and librarians.
So what makes readers want to revisit the Regency world of Jane Austen?
“None of the characters are flat. From Kitty’s cough to Mr. Darcy’s smoldering stare, Austen sketched these three-dimensional characters with plenty of opportunity to explore more,” says Austen-centric author Elizabeth Ann West.
Indeed, variations bring a fresh take on all of the characters. Sittenfeld’s tale reinvents Elizabeth Bennet as a magazine writer and Jane Bennet as a yoga instructor.
Other series reimagine the events of Pride & Prejudice all together! In Regency offerings by West, The Moralities of Marriage series wonders what if Mr. Darcy never rescued Georgiana from Wickham, and The Seasons of Serendipity series starts the story with Mr. Bennet dead at the very beginning.