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Where Fiction and Reality Meet

Me and Mr. Darcy

Author: Potter, Alexandra
Originally Published: 2007
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Me and Mr. Darcy - Alexandra PotterInstead of heading to Mexico with some friends for the winter holidays, Emily Albright signs herself up for a literary tour through England. It sounds positively perfect – “Spend a week with Mr. Darcy. Explore the world of Jane Austen and Pride & Prejudice in the English countryside.” What Emily didn’t expect, however, is that meeting the real Mr. Darcy, especially not when there never is anyone else around.

I didn’t hate the book. I didn’t love it either. In all honesty, I was rather indifferent to it. I didn’t care about 95% of the characters, and the plot dragged a fair bit. All in all, I won’t be reading any more of Potter’s books.

Firstly, the book embodied everything I dislike about the chick lit genre. Flakey characters, unrealistic plot, predictable plot, ad nauseum. (Yes I read fantasy, however, the identity of the tour guide trumps a good majority of the fantastical plots as far as unrealism goes.) Plus, one of the big parts of the story never gets explained – how on earth does Emily and Mr. Darcy meet all the time when not only do they not live in the same time period, but also when Mr. Darcy is a fictional character.

Secondly, as Lisa put it, “The Mr. Darcy in this book is certainly not my Mr. Darcy.” It feels like Potter didn’t do any actually research into Darcy (watching the movies does not count if you haven’t read the book as well), because he is just so . . . not right. I don’t even know how else to explain it.

However, as I said, I did not hate this book. It had some redeeming qualities. Mainly in the form of Mae, a cute, shy, sad Irish woman on the tour. The character growth made me all squishy inside. She becomes such a confident and happy woman by the end of the book that my heart couldn’t help but being touched.

Then there’s also the fact that Mr. Darcy recites poetry to Emily. And while he’s not the Mr. Darcy I love, what woman could ever not find the idea of Darcy reciting her poetry positively entrancing?

With all that said and done, I think this book has cured me of my desire for more books based on Austen’s works. For a while at least. If I were to find something that sounded exciting about Col. Brandon or Henry Crawford, though…

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:32 pm October 31, 2007.
Category: Chick Lit
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