Mr. Darcy, Vampyre

darcyvampyreMr. Darcy, Vampyre
Written by Amanda Grange
320 pages
Sourcebooks Landmark (August 11, 2009)

A married man in possession of a dark fortune must be in want of an eternal wife.

I have to admit, while I did LOVE Pride and Prejudice, I’m not sure I’m on board with all these spin-offs by the hundreds of authors (not really, just feels like it) who are doing it.  It is a hard thing to take another author’s characters and make them your own, while still furthering the characters stories and not loosing the readers.  Obviously most authors are doing a great jobs, since there are no shortage of readers for these kind of books.  I myself did read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies earlier this year and loved it, however, as that was mostly the original text with added FLAVOR it seems different to me.  Especially when compared to Mr. Darcy, Vampyre.

Vampires, or Vampyres as they are spelled here, are extremely popular as we all know.  After the success of PPZ, I figured it was only a matter of time for someone to try their hand at Austen and Vampires and I was right, for then came Mr. Darcy, Vampyre.

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy have finally married and are going on their wedding tour.  As soon as the cake is cut, things begin going…not quite as Elizabeth had always imagined.  Mr. Darcy, while as loving and attentive as ever, is avoiding her at night and not all that he seems.  As they travel the continent visiting Darcy relations in France, Italy and dark, forbidding castles, a confused Elizabeth begins to wonder just who it was she married after all.

I liked this and I didn’t.  I didn’t think the characterization of Elizabeth in particular was quite…right.  While all the intelligence and love is there; the wit, courage and, well, Elizabeth-ness of her character fell flat for me.  She even has TIMID moments, which are NOT the Elizabeth of my memory.   Grange pulls of Darcy however; the mysterious, enigmatic Gentleman of Leisure felt more accurate to me.

On the other hand, it IS a fun read.  It has it’s slow moments, but it’s very readable.  Not hard to put down, not hard to pick up, it’s a decent read, especially for this time of year.  If I were to give it a rating, I would put it at a solid 3 out of 5.  It’s average.  Weak.  Very slow but the characters are treating fairly, with the exceptions I noted of Elizabeth. The tongue-in-cheek wit and lively characterizations don’t feel apart of the writing.  It’s not Jane Austen. I was expecting if not a satire, more of a parody, and this is definitely not a parody of any kind.  The story takes itself way too seriously to be even considered a spin-off.  The trademark Austen humor is not really there, to my mind anyway.  I think there are a lot of reads, especially those who enjoy character driven novels would enjoy Mr. Darcy, Vampyre . If you don’t like spin-offs, supernatural novels,  or prefer spin-offs that follow more closely to Austen’s writing, this one might not be for you.  But if you like a quick, light read, this is worth the time especially since it doesn’t take that long to read.

Also by Amanda Grange

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Also reviewed by:

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7 thoughts on “Mr. Darcy, Vampyre

  1. I'm glad this is a quick read, if I ever do try to get it. However, I am tired of the whole vampire thing everywhere. I am getting a copy of Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters, however, so hopefully I'll like those slimy creatures of the dark more than the blood-sucking fiends…
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  2. Totally agree with you — I felt like Elizabeth's characterization was just all wrong! Her "Elizabeth-ness," as you mention, evaporated.

    Another blogger mentioned that she had to put all of the P&P knowledge aside and just read it as a "novel," and she liked it better that way. Makes sense, but then it doesn't function as a spin-off!

    Definitely just an average read for me… not compulsively readable, but not terrible! I'm right there with you 🙂
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