Vampire Darcy's Desire takes the greatest literary romance of all time and reinvents it around the hottest publishing genre: vampire romance. No story lends itself better to adaptation. Two lovers try to overcome that which separates them: their pride, their prejudice, Darcy's vampirism, and the evil workings of master vampire George Wickham.
©2009 Regina Jeffers (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
I really love Pride and Prejudice adaptations; almost as much as I love super natural romances so I thought this book would be awesome... boy was I wrong. The character development was almost nonexistent. Darcy and Elizabeth are turned into polar opposites from the original novel; Darcy is prissy while Elizabeth is winey. I tried very hard to finish the audio, but the narrator coupled with the poor quality of story had me turning it off before I reached the middle.
I enjoyed the action. Though the story deviates from the original novel substantially, that makes it better than it would have been. You must look at this book as taking place in a possible alternate universe.
Once I got past the first few chapters, yes I enjoyed it enough to want to listen all in one sitting.
You can't read this book and expect it to be on par with either the original or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which I consider to be the first and best alteration of an Austin classic. It's a fun trash novel that I definitely enjoyed once I stopped comparing it to the original.
I'm over midway through the book and I'm struggling to finish it. It has good foundation and it's a different twist on the P&P story that we all love so much. There's a few things with plot and character development that could have been done better. As seemingly dark as a character like Darcy is, there should be more depth to him, his struggle to live the way he is and his overcomingly desire to love and protect his Elizabeth. And Elizabeth as well as shouldering a life of love with this man and their struggle together to overcome the evil. The characters since they've first met have evolved just an inch, to me, because it seemed like they were forced to due to circumstances. Hopefully by the time I claw my way through the book there will be enough to satisfy me. There was a few repetitions of actions or thoughts that could have been dotted out or elaborated on or wasn't necessary (details of showing the townhouse in London could have been done without the second time or Lizzy's Aunt Garderner telling her about the hickey's dear Uncle Gardener gives her. Could have done without that very forward visualization).
But also, I'm not really enjoying the narrator. She does a good job on throwing the varied voices throughout the book but I don't like how Elizabeth or even Jane or Georgiana sounds. Elizabeth in particular, with the slow and hesistant way the narrator pronounces the spoken words ("Oh.....Fitzwililam" makes me rolls my eyes everytime I hear that), makes the females sound so airheaded and unsure, when Elizabeth is the most headstrong and direct person in the book. It almost doesn't sound natural and it bogs down the story to make it seem even more lackluster and tedious, even through the action parts. Just no passion or excitement there and it makes me feel like I've been reading this book for a decade when by now, it well could have been finished by the time I had gotten to my place now. But this is where I stand on this story. As I had said, it was a good twist on a story like this about charming Mr. Darcy but could have been better. Possibly a little better on the narrator may have made this story a bit more enjoyable.
I'll be honest, my expectations of this were low, and true, it's no great work of literature, but it was sexy, romantic, exciting and a good bit of fun. Unlike some P&P based stories it is not an alternative view or a sequel... in fact it abandons any resemblance to the original story very early on, keeping the characters and taking them on a different journey... a vivid and compelling supernatual journey. It won't challenge you... Parts may even make you raise your eyebrows.. but if you like both Jane Austen and Vampires and want some indulgent entertainment this is it.
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