3 1/2 Stars, Low Language, Low Romance, Low Violence

Crossed in Love

“Pride and Prejudice” is in essence a love story, but it is also so much more than that. It’s a societal commentary, a fairy tale and a warning about the dangers of being to self absorbed and too judgmental. Of which Elizabeth and Darcy are both.

Rachel John handled all three characteristics beautifully in her adaptation, Engaging Mr. Darcy.

Engaging Mr. Darcy (An Austen Inspired Romantic Comedy) by [John, Rachel]

“After a standoff in the pizza parlor, Elsie Bennet has decided Fitzwilliam “I-Throw-Fitz” Darcy is the worst customer she’s ever encountered. Also the best looking, but that’s beside the point. She’s horrified to discover Will is not just passing through her small town, he’s her new neighbor.

Will Darcy has all the money and time he could ask for, and yet life never seems to meet his expectations. When his best friend, Charlie, starts dating Jane Bennet, Will becomes their unhappy third-wheel. The solution? Bring along Jane’s sister, Elsie, a girl who challenges him, makes him laugh, plagues his thoughts, and unfortunately, hates his guts.”

She was able to weave in commentary of our modern day society with her twist on both Wickham, Mr. Bennett and Georgianna (Gianna in this version). Giving them updated challenges and concerns relevant to both the plot and modern day.

The contrast between Jane and Charlie’s quickly ignited romance and Elsie and Will’s slow burn was written really well “she hated him and yet wanted to be near him. It couldn’t be healthy.” Rachel also has great comedic timing, “and then the stupid plastic chair collapsed”. So great.

The best part of the writing by far, was the introspection we got to see from both Elsie and Will as they come to understand how their pride and prejudice has affected not just their relationship with each other, but others around them. Understanding that need for growth and writing it well is what makes or breaks a “Pride and Prejudice” adaptation. I appreciated that Rachel not only understood it, but delivered it so well.




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