Posted by Nan on June 26, 1997 at 14:25:03:
In reply to Desire and Duty posted by Cassie M. on June 24, 1997 at 19:42:43
I though the plot itself had potential (even if it was more about Georgiana than E and D)
I would agree if it was was solely about Georgiana. I get the feeling that the Baders couldn't be bothered with writing for L&D (knowing the expectations of Austen fans). Instead, they chose to concentrate on new characters (Thomas Staley, the children, etc.) who could not be compared to any characters about whom Austen had written. Think about it. The only Austen character that really had a large part in the book was Georgiana, whose quiet, docile, persona was, I imagine, far easier to write about than Lizzy's or Darcy's.
]1. Relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth
I was thankful that, at least, it was more cheerful than the wretched, dreary Tennant would have allowed. I agree--so many possibilities, wasted!
I did not like that huge gap between the birth of the twins and the children being school aged.
Again, sheer laziness...
]2. Flooding - I felt like I was being lectured at by Mrs. Gardner.
Thank you! What was that about? Also, Georgiana doesn't strike me as the type to ask such a question.
] 3. Lady Cathering...cause Georgiana to lose the man of her dreams via a sex scandal.
I thought this was completely out of character too. I have no love of LC, but I cannot believe that she would involve herself in such an event. I feel sure she would consider it beneath her dignity. She would rant, lecture, condemn, yes. But pay a servant to slander a respectable (albeit none too rich) man? I don't buy it.
I also thought that Darcy and Elizabeth’s dismissal of the poor tutor was uncharacteristic.
The Baders did accomplish what I thought impossible--they made me feel disappointment in L&D. Shame on them!
] 4. Religion - I felt like I was being preached too. Frankly, I just plain resented it.
I was feeling a bit strange about that whole issue as well. I think what Kate said was very interesting. I'd like to know more about that.
] 5. Writing - We have better fiction on our fanfic page.
About a zillion times better, thank goodness.;-)
In addition to the above I have to say that I found the language inconsistent. There were too many sentences wherein the language and words seemed decidedly modern.
I know this is completely ridiculous, but final complaint is that horrible sans serif typeface. Doesn't the publisher know there is a reason most books are in serif typefaces? I found it really distracting:-(
Cassie, thanks for the post--sorry for the delay in replying.
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