P O Dixon writes Pride and Prejudice adaptations with one overriding purpose in mind—falling in love with Darcy and Elizabeth once again. Sometimes provocative, always entertaining, her stories are read, commented on, and thoroughly enjoyed by thousands of readers worldwide. Initially written in 2009 and published in 2010, To Have His Cake (and Eat It Too): Mr. Darcy’s Tale represents her first venture into the Jane Austen fan fiction community. Her current work in progress, Bewitched, Body and Soul: Miss Elizabeth Bennet, will be released in 2012. She resides in North Carolina with her husband and young daughter; neither of whom understands what exactly is all this fuss about Mr. Darcy.
I confess. I fell in love with Mr. Darcy before reading Pride and Prejudice, thanks to Matthew Macfadyen. Once I read Jane Austen’s classic, I began to understand the enigmatic Mr. Darcy. Then I happened upon the world of fan fiction and indeed, my life has never been the same.
Mr. Darcy is my favorite literary hero. Every day, I ask myself, “What would Darcy do?” “What would Darcy think?” “What would Darcy say?”
I admit it has not always been this way. Mr. Darcy was not my first love. Margaret Mitchell’s Rhett Butler bears that distinction. Yes, my first glimpse of him was in the movie Gone with the Wind. As with Mr. Darcy, my affection grew for Rhett Butler after reading the book.
I’m sensing a pattern here. While I shall not ascribe many of Mr. Butler’s less admirable traits to Mr. Darcy, nor do I postulate he was capable of performing many of Rhett Butler’s dastardly deeds—dare I mention Miss Belle Watling as a start. Both being gentlemen of their times, who is to say for certain?
In another time, another place, these words might describe how Mr. O’Hara and Scarlett saw Rhett Butler. Of course, Elizabeth and Darcy worked through their misunderstandings more swiftly and far less painfully than did Scarlett and Rhett. Miss Jane Austen provided a satisfying happily ever after conclusion to their love story. Still, legions of writers and far more readers keep asking, “What if?”
What if, indeed? This begs the original question. What if my favorite literary heroes have more in common than I dare allow? Am I merely blinded by love? What say you?
P O Dixon
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He Taught Me to Hope
What if Elizabeth is promised to another when she meets Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the one man who captures her heart and imagination like no other? As dire as their chance for “happily ever after” seems, there is a measure of hope by way of a strong and enduring bond between them.
The legend of King Arthur meets the timelessness of Miss Jane Austen’s endearing works in this delightfully entertaining Pride and Prejudice adaptation that takes you back to a magical time of enchantment and romance and lets you fall in love with Darcy and Elizabeth once again.
Still a Young Man
Widowed after six months of marriage, Elizabeth determines to leave her past behind, to enjoy life to its fullest and on her own terms. Charming, witty, and engaging, she is widely admired by all. However, everything is not as it seems. She harbours a secret.
The beautiful widow captivates a younger Mr. Darcy. He knows her better than she knows herself. He struggles to break through her protective barriers, the most daunting being her tightly held conviction that she will never marry again.
Follow Darcy and Elizabeth on this path of discovery that leads to true and abiding love.
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