Welcome to my stop on the #blogtour for There’s Something About Darcy by Gabrielle Malcolm. I’m reading and reviewing this wonderful study as part of #NonfictionNovember, check out my thoughts below!
For some, Colin Firth emerging from a lake in that clinging wet shirt is one of the most iconic moments in television. What is it about the two-hundred-year-old hero that we so ardently admire and love?
Dr Malcolm examines Jane Austen’s influences in creating Darcy’s potent mix of brooding Gothic hero, aristocratic elitist and romantic Regency man of action. She investigates how he paved the way for later characters like Heathcliff, Rochester and even Dracula, and what his impact has been on popular culture over the past two centuries. For twenty-first century readers the world over have their idea of the ‘perfect’ Darcy in mind when they read the novel and will defend their choice passionately.
In this insightful and entertaining study, every variety of Darcy jostles for attention: vampire Darcy, digital Darcy, Mormon Darcy and gay Darcy. Who does it best and how did a clergyman’s daughter from Hampshire create such an enduring character?
A must-read for every Darcy and Jane Austen fan.
To my shame, I don’t read nearly enough nonfiction, so when the opportunity to read this book arose – I jumped at the chance. I am one of those people who loves (and wants to marry) all things Austen and Mr. Darcy, in my eyes is Mr. Perfect *.
I thoroughly enjoyed Malcom’s clever and persuasive arguments and analysis of the various incarnations of Mr. Darcy together with her later discussions of how he influenced other famous literary heroes. This book serves as a wonderful reminder of just how enduring Darcy’s character has been and delves into the longevity of his appeal.
This was a truly engrossing examination of my favourite fictional hero; and I shall be purchasing multiple copies as Christmas gifts for a few fellow Darcy-lovers!
There’s Something About Darcy is a fascinating, richly detailed, and thought provoking study of one of my favourite fictional heroes.
One to be consumed slowly so as to savour all of the minutiae; this beautiful exploration of one of literature’s best loved characters is an absolute must read for any self-confessed Austenite! I’ll certainly be dipping back into it in the future.
There’s Something About Darcy is out now in paperback and you can order it here
My thanks go to Hannah Groves of Endeavour Media for my invitation to the #blogtour and also for my proof copy and additional goodies in exchange for my honest review. If you enjoyed my post, please do check out my others, and also the other stops on the #blogtour (see below).
Until next time!
*Please do not tell Mr. Cooke that I said this.