To be honest, it was a bit of a struggle to get through.
It took me some time to get used to the language of the period and it really didn't help that the edition I was reading had quite small print. I found I was only able to read a chapter or so at a time before taking a break. So when I discovered Longbourn's Unexpected Matchmaker was written in the language of Austen's time, I had to suppress a groan. Thankfully, I had either read enough Austen to familiarize myself with the language or Hox updated it just enough to make it a lot easier for me to read than the original.
It is when events begin to veer from the original story, that Hox really comes into her own as a writer. I honestly didn't see the appeal of Mr. Darcy when I finished reading the story. While reading Longbourn's Unexpected Matchmaker , I was able to see the spirit of Elizabeth as she was released from some of the conventions of society. I got to know Mr.
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Darcy made friends with a mysterious member of the Meryton neighborhood who refuses an introduction but who has a close relationship with the Bennet household? Elizabeth Bennet, the second of five daughters to Mr. In other words, I have written an experimental novel, not a solid, satisfying work of genre fiction, neatly shaped and with the climactic scenes arriving at the climactic moments.
The big famous scenes—the Netherfield Ball, Mr. Darcy's first proposal—aren't even there. I've necessarily had to write around them. Why would anyone do such a thing? One reason is what I've said in some earlier posts: what writers often most want to write isn't always what readers most want to read.
I wanted to see if I could tell the story this way, and, as with any act of creative writing, learn about the characters and myself in the process. Being at the low end of the publishing world, I have the luxury of doing exactly what I like.
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If I ever hope to get an agent, or earn an advance that pays for more than a few months' rent, I will have to cater to the marketplace. Until then, I'm enjoying the ride. But the other reason is more complicated.
Laura Miller, in her discussion at Salon. We want more Austen, was her thought. Since there are only six published novels along with some juvenilia and fragments, there just isn't enough to keep the fans satisfied. Lady Vernon is based on Lady Susan , a novella-in-letters that Austen wrote in her twenties—that same optimistic, brash, witty writer who wrote First Impressions , the earliest version of Pride and Prejudice. The title character is the only protagonist in an Austen work who is not only not nice—she's a very nasty piece of work indeed.
As her name indicates, she's the daughter of a nobleman, an earl or higher, and it's been suggested that in creating this scheming, amoral and frightening woman, Austen was influenced by Les Liaisons Dangereuses , the epistolary novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.
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Sounds plausible. Lady Susan is a beautiful widow in her mid-thirties with a sixteen-year-old daughter she despises, blithely carrying on an affair with a married man while scheming to marry her young brother-in-law, and trying to force her daughter into a loveless match with a wealthy buffoon. Austen never wrote anything like it again, but it reflects her jaundiced view of the upper classes.
In Lady Vernon , the authors have changed aristocratic Lady Susan into Lady Vernon, a woman of the middle class or lower gentry, struggling to make a decent life for herself and her daughter in a world where women are at a disadvantage, at the mercy of gossip and scandalmongers It's much more familiar territory for Austen fans, written in a meticulous imitation of Austen's style, and incorporating some of the original letters.