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|Pemberley, and characters from other novels
Written by CarrieB
(4/6/2004 3:41 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sounds Great!, penned by Anne Charlotte
And I'm looking forward to hearing your impressions :-) I think if you liked P&Psc, you'll love Sus&S. I had a great time developing Harry Dashwood as a young man, and it will be interesting to learn what readers think of his character.
]Speaking of it I've another question. I gather from your brief outline that Sus & S (or, whatever it shall be called in shorthand ;-))will take mainly place in London during the season.
Well, I certainly couldn't set Pemberley on fire! So I damaged the rental property instead. ;-) Seriously, though, Netherfield made the most sense for a plot involving the Bingleys, and the very name itself holds gothic resonance. Plus, in the first two books, Pemberley is a safe haven. When the Darcys leave it, adventure finds them, but when the mystery is solved it's there waiting to welcome them home. I look forward, however, to exploring Pemberley more in future novels.
]I think it's very interesting that you mix P&P and S&S characters in your second mystery. Is there any chance that characters from JA's other novels will also appear in your future books?
Definitely a good chance. Though I expect to limit the interaction to one novel at a time, rather than, say, gathering Emma, Anne Wentworth, Catherine Tilney, and Elinor Ferrars all in Elizabeth's drawing room ;) One problem I ran into with Sus&S (I like that shorthand suggestion, BTW :-) is duplicate character names. I had to refer to Lucy, Elizabeth's maid in P&Psc, as just "the maid" in Sus&S so no one would confuse her with Lucy Steele Ferrars. And JA herself recycled character names so often that bringing together characters from too many books could really create problems. While writing one scene in Sus&S, I realized there were 3 Johns in the conversation, and I hadn't named any of them!
Allow me to add my thanks for your being so kind to answer our questions at this place. It's a pleasure :-)
No, the pleasure is mine :-)
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