Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pride and Prejudice exists to be millions of women’s fantasy from all around the world. Jane Austen’s fictional character from aristocratic England brings out certain unhealthy obsessions with the master of Pemberley and if that isn’t all, Matthew Macfadyen has to go and give a smashing, mind-blowing performance as Mr Darcy in the 2005 movie adaptation, raising goosebumps on every single girl’s arms each time he gazes at Elizabeth or just even swaggers on screen with that piercing gaze. One of the victims to this unhealthy obsession (with Macfadyen’s Darcy) is the protagonist of this book, 22 year old Elizabeth Barrett, who is adamant in finding her own Mr Darcy in this modern world. A tall and handsome man with dark hair and a haughty, proud and broody attitude appears to be the man of her dreams and she turns down every other guy because of this, searching for a real life replica of a fictional character that stole her heart ever since she was 16.
This is all the fault of watching Pride and Prejudice at the theatre and immediately falling for the character as well as the actor who played him. And even at 22, her obsession has not cured.
Chad Keller, a vivacious swim coach with a boyish charm, kind heart and smile is deliberately forced to be Elizabeth’s source of distraction from Mr Darcy by her trusted friend, and as she finds him charming after all, she may have let herself fall in love, had it not been for a certain tall, handsome and arrogant dark haired man entering her life at an unexpected moment, the very first appearance of which brings Elizabeth back to square one. Matthew “Matt” Dawson impersonates everything she ever wanted in her life and Elizabeth passionately pursues a romantic relationship with him.
She finally has him.
Her Mr Darcy.
Elizabeth actually doesn’t know why she is over the moon for Darcy, since she is oblivious to the real reason and mistakes it entirely for physical appearances. She realises the answer at the end, after a series of events that destroy the prejudiced expectations she set for a life partner.
Since I predicted the fact the protagonist was in for some sensible epiphanies even before I started reading, I was involuntarily afraid whether the story was going to tarnish Darcy’s character. If so, the book wouldn’t have received even a one star from me, since though I’m thankfully not victimised by the Darcy fever and obsession, I really admire his impressive character and respect the man. But Darcy’s image was only even glorified and I loved the reason and events that lead to it.
However, I wished the climax was expanded to more emotion, which was the reason I docked off a star. For me, the key point in a story is how it is wrapped up in the end, especially after taking it through very mellifluously and emotionally. It came to a bit of an abrupt end that it wasn’t satisfactory, considering everything that happened before. Overlooking that, the dialogue between the characters is quite engaging and the writing is simplistic and easy to travel with, as any good book should.
‘I am no Mr Darcy, but I have to say I have something in common with him. We are both madly in love with Elizabeth.’ ~ Said by Elizabeth Barrett’s own Mr Darcy.
It’s a great one time read for anyone who loves Pride and Prejudice and also adores the 2005 movie, like me.