What a character!

NaBloPoMo Day 4:
Who is your favorite character of all time?

I may have to revisit this one to name my favorite characters at different points in my life, but no one would believe me if I didn’t say that my favorite character right now is Mr. Darcy.

Yep, good old Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley in Derbyshire.

I have been obsessed with Pride and Prejudice for a couple of years. It started with the 2005 Keira Knightley movie, which led to my rereading of Jane Austen, which led to getting the 1995 BBC miniseries, which led to the internet, which has led to countless hours of Darcy fun. There is a plethora of Jane Austen fan fiction, and I have read every P&P prequel, sequel, and far-fetched fantasy I can get my hands on. (Regency period only, mind you. I don’t like the modern stuff.)

I don’t know what it is about Darcy and me. I like Lizzy Bennet, but somehow Darcy appeals to me more. it’s the brooding, the taciturn unsociability, the smoldering glances of either fault-finding or ardent love. I love fan fiction because people take Darcy to the most interesting extremes, cast him in roles that I find endlessly fascinating, and tell his love story with Elizabeth in hundreds of different romantic ways (often using dozens of different euphemisms for “romance,” which I could really do without).

So let’s raise a glass of port or brandy to Mr. Darcy! Long may the denizens of the fan fiction world keep his story alive.

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