Fiction — print. Sourcebooks Landmark, 2009. 310 pgs. Purchased.
Elizabeth Bennet leaves for her honeymoon thinking she’s married the love of her life, Mr. Darcy. Little does she know that Darcy is holding a dark secret that’s the real reason why he was never supposed to marry her; a dark secret that prevents him from taking her to their marriage bed and instead sends them on a trip to the Continent where is “family” rejects her outright.
Attempting to capitalize on the recent string of Austen “adaptations” with in the insertion of paranormal beings and the success of Twilight, Grange turns Darcy into a vampire and tries to convince the reader Darcy’s true form was behind his actions throughout Pride and Prejudice.
However, the idea of this far outweighs what is actually delivered because nothing much happens for 300 pages; it’s all allusion up to that point with Elizabeth more concerned with the fact that Darcy won’t have sex with her rather than his bizarre behavior and friends and family. It’s also a truth universally acknowledged that you cannot begin a story on Elizabeth’s wedding day and insist Darcy was a vampire for all of Pride and Prejudice and nobody noticed.
In addition, not only does it take 200 pages for Elizabeth to figure out Darcy is in fact a vampire, but I felt like she was poorly characterized for much of the novel and lost all of her wit and will the moment she said “I do”. Meanwhile, Darcy is distant and cold as he attempts to put physical space between himself and his new wife for fear sex will make him loose control and turn her into a vampire for 300 pages. The last ten pages had a thread of a plot, but nothing really even happens there.