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Mr. Darcy, Vampyre (edition 2009)

by Amanda Grange

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Title:Mr. Darcy, Vampyre
Authors:Amanda Grange
Info:Sourcebooks Landmark (2009), Edition: 1ST, Paperback, 320 pages
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Ho comprato questo libro con le grandi speranze di ogni fan di Jane Austen. Amo “Orgoglio e Pregiudizio” e l’idea che Mr Darcy fosse un vampiro mi intrigava. Che peccato che si sia rivelato un libro così al di sotto delle aspettative!

Partendo dall’inizio possiamo dire che, in realtà, il protagonista del libro non Mr Darcy ma Elizabeth ancora una volta. L’idea di narrare un seguito dal punto di vista di Darcy, vampiro, con tutto l’aspetto psicologico annesso e connesso avrebbe, forse, catturato maggiormente l’attenzione del lettore. Invece ci troviamo di fronte a 200 pagine di rigiri mentali di Lizzy, ora signora Darcy, che è lontana anni e anni luce dalla spigliata e sbarazzina Lizzy Bennet della Austen.

La Noia fa da padrona per tutto il libro, l’autrice lascia il lettore solo con la mente di novella sposa Signora Darcy che non fa altro che dannarsi l’anima perché il suo sposo è cambiato, è sempre pensieroso e non capisce perché, la evita, non la raggiunge in camera da letto e tante altre piccole crisi esistenziali. Ovviamente, visto che per ragioni di trama Lizzy NON deve sapere nulla, è comprensibile che, noi lettori, sondando la sua mente ci troviamo sempre fra le mani sempre gli stessi problemi e discorsi portandoci vicini all’esasperazione.

E’ per questo che ritengo che avrebbe avuto maggior incisività un libro narrato dal punto di vista di Darcy che tenta di comprendere come risolvere il “piccolo” problema umana/vampiro.

Darcy come personaggio mi ha abbastanza siddisfatta anche se manca totalmente del suo solito carattere altero mentre, come dicevo prima, fra i due personaggi principali, è Lizzy quella che più si distacca dal suo originale. L’autrice, forse presa dall’impeto della scrittura, non ha forse fatto caso che il romanzo è ambientato nel 1800 e che, ovviamente, molto difficilmente Elizabeth Darcy avrebbe confidato i suoi problemi di mancata intimità con il marito al primo che le capitava a tiro. Nel libro lo fa per ben due volte!

Inoltre la vera Elizabeth Bennet si è sempre dimostrata forte, volitiva, testarda e certamente non una codarda… Qualcuno crede davvero che si sarebbe lasciata convincere ad abbandonare Darcy solamente perché qualcuno, che non conosceva neanche bene, le aveva consigliato (per il suo bene, è ovvio!) di farlo?

La trama sembra giungere ad una svolta a 50/60 pagine dalla fine ma, purtroppo, il tutto si risolve con una serie di espedienti poco credibili, poco interessanti e tristemente “facili”.

Un’assoluta delusione sia l’aspetto fantasy che quello relativo all’attinenza al romanzo originale di Jane Austen che, spero, non avrà modo di vedere come è stata ridotta la sua opera da questi fantomatici “seguiti”. Due stelline solamente per lo stile pulito e delicato di Amanda Grange che, obiettivamente, merita.


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  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
Thank god I'm finally done with this thing. ( )
  imahorcrux | Jun 22, 2016 |
This book was absolutely horrible! The only reason it got one star was because it was based on a work by Jane Austen. Poor Lizzie! Such a strong female character in the original book turned into such a blithering idiot. The book was so bad that I couldn't put it down. I had to follow the train wreck through; I couldn't make myself look away. This is one book I would recommend people do not read! ( )
  CarpeLibrum58 | Jun 4, 2016 |
This just tickled my fancy. A good, quick read. ( )
  lostkiwi | May 26, 2016 |
This book has the most audacious title I have seen in years. In just two words, it conveys everything a reader may expect within. No mystery here: before even turning a page we know that this will be the most shameless attempt to cash in on the successes of [b:Pride and Prejudice|1885|Pride and Prejudice|Jane Austen|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1158963071s/1885.jpg|3060926] and [b:Twilight|41865|Twilight (Twilight, #1)|Stephenie Meyer|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41DcKN0STkL._SL75_.jpg|3212258] yet. Yes! Let us dive into the depths of our id! Let us wallow in our love of costume dramas and supernatural romance! Let us splash around in the shallowest end of the literary pool!

Alas. This book is not so bad that it's good. It's just bad. Elizabeth is transformed into a paper-cut-out: her inner monologue has as much snap as a limp noodle. Mr.Darcy's dialog is limited to periodic pronouncements on Elizabeth's beauty or the doomed quality of their marriage. There is absolutely no irony in this book. (How does someone even ATTEMPT an Austen rip-off without including sarcasm?) The vampires--er, "vampyres", are utterly without menace. There's little dialog, no characters worth remembering, and no plot until nearly 300 pages in. Eventually (SPOILERS), Elizabeth cures Mr.Darcy of his vampyrism through the power of her lurve. And...that's it. That's the entire book.

I will never get that hour of my life back. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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However, Mr. Darcy, Vampyre is more than just the simple addition of vampire lore to P&P; instead, Amanda Grange has crafted a clever homage to the Gothic novels that Jane Austen so enjoyed. As in all of Ms. Grange’s Austen-inspired novels, she has clearly done her homework, and Mr. Darcy, Vampyre most strongly echoes Ann Radcliffe’s tales of psychological horror, incorporating all the elements that knowledgeable fans of the Gothic expect: a trip through the roughest and most picturesque parts of the Continent; loving descriptions of the scenery (though fortunately, unlike Radcliffe, they don’t go on for page after tiresome page, and there is no doggerel poetry further slowing things down); mysterious castles with oddly-behaving servants; banditti, mercenaries, and fearful, violent villagers; an accident that, Elizabeth is told, portends death; a story of another young lady just like Lizzy who arrived under similar circumstances and met a bad end; and there even is a “black veil” moment, when our heroine sees something so horrid she has no choice but to swoon. The reader is not immediately enlightened to the horror, though we can guess it; and, again fortunately unlike Radcliffe, Ms. Grange does not keep us hanging until the end of the book and then come up with a lame afterthought to close the loop. We also felt echoes of Dracula, Polidori’s seminal story “The Vampyre,” Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twilight, and even a smidgen of Harry Potter.
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This book is dedicated to Catherine Morland
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An amusing addition to the Austen canon! Amanda Grange has picked up the story where Austen let off - here, on the day that Lizzie weds Mr Darcy, the dear reader learns that not only is Darcy a vampyre, but also, if he consummates his marriage, poor Lizzie is destined to join him as a bloodsucker!! So as they honeymoon in Europe, poor Lizzie wonders why Darcy keeps is distance....
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Presents a paranormal sequel to Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice."

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