Friday, September 9, 2011
Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard
I just finished the silliest book I've probably ever read: Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard by Belinda Roberts. Don't get me wrong, the book didn't suck, I didn't dislike it. Rather I found it quite funny. But it was totally silly. Sometimes ridiculous. But always amusing. If you like Pride and Prejudice and you like to read re-tellings- try this book out. You'll find lines like this:
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a yacht must be in want of a female crew.
"I shall wear like my new pink sundress from Fat Face," declared Kitty. "Although I have only worn it like once, I have seen many a young man turn their heads to stare at me."
"You must know that I... that I fancy you. No, more! I have the hots for you, my dear Elizabeth, and with such feelings, I am desirous that you will be the companion of my future life."
Can I just say... Bwahahahahahaha! I think it's hugely funny (and sometimes disconcerting) to see the proper Jane Austen way of talking mixed in with like and hot and the occasional whateva. The book stays very close to the original, only changing the locations- instead of Pemberley the estate, it's Pemberley the yacht and most of the book takes place in the beach town of Salcombe. Silliness is added in throughout, especially during the final proposal scene. It was the perfect summer beach read (even though it's no longer summer)- light, funny, easy, and to put it Jane Austen's way- diverting.