Thursday, 18 August 2016


Monica Fairview's new Mr Darcy tale is out: Mr. Darcy's Pride and Joy: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (The Darcy Novels Book 3).
A Jane Austen “what-if” novel. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are engaged at last, and Mr. Darcy is preparing to take out a special license to get married quickly. But, just when everything seems to be going just right, he encounters opposition from an unexpected quarter. Then, when his engagement is announced – to someone else – Elizabeth, understandably, begins to doubt his sincerity. 
Perhaps their love is doomed after all…  

You'll find out more reading this third part of the Darcy Novels series.

Meanwhile, let's discover more of what Monica thinks of her favourite Austen hero, Fitzwilliam Darcy. 


After writing several books featuring Mr Darcy as the protagonist, Monica, I’ve thought you must have got to know him very,very well. Would you mind answering a few questions about our beloved Fitzwilliam? It’s a quick “either …or …”  game.   Just choose one of the following alternatives.
Thank you, Maria, for this opportunity to visit your blog on my Mr. Darcy’s Pledge blog tour, and for the chance to play this fun Darcy game. I do think you’ve captured the questions that are on the mind of every Darcy fan.
 Thank you, Monica.  Let's start, then. To you Mr Darcy is …
1.    Proud or prejudiced?
Both. I think he’s prejudiced against the people of Meryton, whom he regards as country bumpkins/rustics. We can see this both at the Meryton Assembly where he only dances with he members of his own party and refuses to be introduced to any other young ladies. Mrs. Bennet challenges him on his perception of the country when she visits Netherfield after Jane’s illness. He’s also prejudiced against the Bennets, and judges them harshly, making Lizzy feel ashamed to be part of the family.
I’d definitely say he’s proud in various ways. He’s too proud to counter the rumours Wickham is spreading against him. He definitely believes himself superior to others.  In his proposal he is arrogant enough to assume he does not need to make any effort to convince Lizzy to marry him, and goes about it quite rudely.
2.    Conceited or cautious?
I don’t think he’s cautious. He claims that he is unlike Bingley but he does several impulsive things. The proposal itself, inviting the Gardiners to Pemberley, and rushing off to find Wickham without informing Elizabeth, among other things. There is no doubt he is conceited at the beginning. If he wasn’t, what would be the fun of the novel? He has to learn to humble himself. The fact that he admits to Elizabeth that his parents taught him to think himself above everyone else is an acknowledgment of the transformation he goes through.
3.    Brooding and moody or shy and reserved?
I’m not an advocate of Darcy being shy. I think he’s reserved, because that was what upper class Englishmen were trained to be in boarding school at the time. Brooding? Yes, unquestionably. Darcy is a very emotional person, though it took Elizabeth to bring out that aspect of his character. Moody? No. When I think moody, I think Rochester or Heathcliff. Darcy is nothing like them, thank goodness!
4.    In love at first sight but fighting his own feelings or immediately attracted by Elizabeth but slowly falling for her after discovering her inner qualities?
I don’t think it’s love at first sight. He’s fascinated by Lizzy’s eyes and he loves the life and sparkle in them. I think he appreciates her for her quick repartee, her intelligence and her laughter. He loves her after he observes her interaction with others.
5.    Bothered by the Bennets’ improprieties or worried about his aunt’s reaction?
He’s definitely bothered by the Bennets’ improprieties. He observes them first hand on more than one occasion and is aware that they Bennets would have a hard time fitting into his social sphere. They are too noisy, vulgar and unconventional.  Between Mrs. Bennet’s ignorance and their father’s indifference, the Bennet girls have never really learned “proper” behaviour.
6.    Sexy and attractive or wealthy and a good match?
Sexy and attractive. How can we doubt that? With all that passion simmering under the surface? Though, naturally, being wealthy is an added bonus!
7.    Better to have as a husband or better to have as a brother?
If you’re into platonic relationships, then of course he’s good as a brother. Certainly Georgiana seems to think so. But as one of the sexiest men in English literature, that sounds like a bit of a waste to me.

8. The hero who ruins many a woman’s expectations of men or the one who helps many a woman to escape disappointing everyday lives?
He’s a fantasy, a figment of our collective imagination, so, like many romance heroes, he’s a yummy escape.
9. The best Austen hero of all or awesome but second to ……………………. ?
I think he’s Austen’s best hero. I like Henry Tilney a lot, and I do think Captain Wentworth is swoon-worthy, but they don’t hold a candle to Mr. Darcy. 
    10.  More like Colin Firth or Matthew MacFadyen?

I used to think he was like Colin Firth, but recently I’ve reached the conclusion that he’s more real as Matthew MacFadyen. However, Colin Firth does the smouldering, stiff and arrogant aristocrat to perfection
Author Bio

Monica Fairview is a long-time admirer of Jane Austen's wit. She loves to laugh, and she is convinced that her cats can understand everything she says. She is the author of several Austenesque novels: two traditional Jane Austen sequels, one post-apocalyptic tongue-in-cheek Jane Austen spin-off, one multi-author novel THE DARCY BROTHERS, featuring Mr. Darcy’s rakish brother Theo, and now the trilogy, THE DARCY NOVELS. She has also written a Regency Christmas novel, A VERY MERRY CHASE, which was published as part of The Regency Quintet anthology and will be coming out soon on Amazon. 

Monica Fairview’s real claim to fame is that she lived in Elizabeth Gaskell’s house in Manchester as a teenager, in the days when it was faded and neglected, so you could say she has the smog of NORTH & SOUTH in her blood. 

Monica lived in the USA for many years, where she taught literature to captive victims. She has lived in Illinois, Texas, Colorado, California, Washington State, Oregon, and Massachusetts. By some quirk of fate, she now lives in Surrey within the Greater London area, within a stone's throw of Jane Austen's picnic spot in EMMA, Box Hill. She loves visiting historical properties when it isn’t raining.

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Bonnie Wilson Carlson said...

Monica, I am happy to see that someone else sees Darcy as proud and arrogant, not simply shy. So many JAFF authors have him as simply shy. It's just not true according to Austen's portrayal. He is confident but arrogant. Just because he does not like to be in company does NOT mean he is shy. I myself prefer to spend time with close friends or alone, but I am not the least bit shy. Given that you agree with the confident but arrogant portrayal, I am surprised that you prefer Matthew Mcfadden's portrayal as his Darcy is clearly shy and uncomfortable. I love MM, but NOT as Darcy. To me, Firth captured Austen's Darcy to perfection. Still, very much looking forward to reading your next book as I've enjoyed your previous ones.

Vesper Meikle said...

I don't think Darcy ruins a woman’s expectations of men or helps a woman to escape disappointing everyday lives. Like many other book characters he is just a small part of life's enjoyment

Kirsten said...

I prefer Colin Firth, maybe because he was the first Darcy I saw come to life. The book is fantastic but seeing the series... Made me fall in love with the story even more & I did not think it possible :)

Ginna said...

Ah, I enjoyed this; thank you. I agree with you about all of these, except for the last one. Go, Firthy!

redcoupe3zz said...

I can't think of anyone else as Mr. Darcy than Colin Firth. He checks all the buttons!!

Nicole Clarkston said...

It would indeed be a waste to have Darcy as a brother!

Pamela Hunter said...

Firth all the way for me! I think he was the perfect Mr. Darcy.

Enjoyed the blog post! Thanks for the giveaway!

BookLuver88 said...

I think he is in a way shy. He seems like someone who does not open up to anyone unless he completely trusts them.

dstoutholcomb said...

I really enjoyed your insight with the Q&A!


Sonja said...

Loved how the eyes on the pic blink and even seem to follow you. That is cool!

Monica Fairview said...

Bonnie: I agree in many ways that Colin Firth represents the best Darcy in the sense that he portrays the social facade brilliantly. He was my favorite Darcy for years. Lately, though, I've been interested in exploring the human side of Darcy so I've been trying to work out the man behind the facade. For that reason, I've come to appreciate the vulnerable side of Darcy portrayed in P&P2005.

Monica Fairview said...

Vesper: Exactly. I like the idea of Darcy as "enjoyment". He's definitely one of life's pleasures for those of us in the know ;)

Monica Fairview said...

Kirsten: Absolutely. The BBC series is fantastic and covers much more in the miniseries than the 2005 version, which was a condensed version.

Monica Fairview said...

Ginna: I'm glad we agree on most things, at least!

Monica Fairview said...

redcoupe3zz and Pamela -- I particularly love the way Firth is able to communicate so much through his eyes, even if his expression hardly changed. Amazing!

Monica Fairview said...

Nicole: agreed :D

Monica Fairview said...

BookLuver88: To me being shy implies being insecure in social situations, and I don't think Darcy is insecure at all, but I do agree that he is uncomfortable expressing his emotions. Does that make sense?

Monica Fairview said...

dstoutholcomb: Thank you. I enjoyed the questions!

Monica Fairview said...

Sonja: Isn't it?

Nicole Clarkston said...

Darcy seems to me the classic introvert, which is not the same as shy, but can be mistaken for it.

Danielle said...

I also think his reservations are from the many mothers pushing their daughters in his path and the women like Caroline throwing themselves at him all the time. That would make any man who wants to be seen as he is and not for what he's worth a reserved person. I think we often overlook that aspect and the difficulty it brings and focus more on Elizabeth's difficult life.

Monica Fairview said...

Danielle: I agree with you whole-heartedly. I've often though about that. Every time he walks into a ballroom, he has to brace himself against the onslaught. I'm glad you raised that point.