Goodly Creatures: A Pride and Prejudice Deviation

Goodly Creatures: A Pride and Prejudice Deviation

by Beth Massey
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Goodly Creatures: A Pride and Prejudice Deviation 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While it is accurate the content of this novel is difficult, it rings very true. The story is compelling yet sensitively written with nothing graphic. A similar thing happened in Sense and Sensibility to a fifteen-year-old, so I disagree that the plot was not like Austen. It is fashionable among Austenesque literature to make Elizabeth a damsel-in-distress and Darcy a romantic hero who comes to her rescue. IMO that is far removed from anything Austen was trying to say. I liked that Elizabeth and Darcy were not so in Goodly Creatures. They were regular human beings with flaws. She was strong (like the original Elizabeth) with a better reason than in canon to cling to her prejudices--though as a reader I knew she needed to throw them over if she was to heal. He was a rigidly good man (like the original Fitzwilliam) who felt compassion and struggled to see the truth, though convential wisdom said he should not bother. I believed their attempts to change and worried when they had trouble seeing through their misunderstandings much as I did when I read the original. Pride and Prejudice was never so much about romance to me, as it was about two humans with the very best motive to improve--attraction, affection, respect--in other words love. I felt that was what Goodly Creatures was all about and I enjoyed it. I loved that 'the letter' was from Elizabeth to Darcy--so many of the words and phrases were Austen's but they took on such different meanings.
MegKMK More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy this version of Darcy's love for Elizabeth and how he overcame her fear and gained her trust.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Goodly Creatures and had trouble putting it down to go to sleep each night. I enjoyed how Elizabeth and Will's relationship progressed and was VERY happy about the final outcome. I am always so impressed when I read a well written book and marvel at the talent it takes to write one. Well done!
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Janie_tx More than 1 year ago
Although the story was different, I enjoyed it. I am a true P&P fan and was disappointed with Darcy married to Anne but I understand it is a different twist for the characters of P&P. From reading P&P, I don't think Darcy's character would marry Anne even to save her from her mother. Don't misunderstand the story was well written even if I found some mistakes but it broke my heart not to have Elizabeth and Darcy's son take over Pemberley. This story should have had both Anne and her baby die but the story made me feel the pain and suffering of Elizabeth. I enjoy history but it was alittle too much. Great story though!
retelling-obsessed More than 1 year ago
If you are a true fan of P&P retellings and variations DO NOT waste your money or bother with this book. By the third chapter I was literally sick to my stomach. I could not believe what I was reading. Our precious Elizabeth is raped by Darcy's cousin Lord Something or other and was set up for it by none other than Darcy's wife/cousin Anne. YES that Anne, this author actually had them married!!!!! That right there should have been my first clue the author does not understand our Beloved Darcy. I am slowly making my way through all the retellings,prequels,diaries and sequels and I have read some really really bad ones but this is by far the worst. I felt as though with each line I was being slapped in the face. Believe me I love the retellings they are my favorite but there should be some silent rule as to how far a variation should go. Even An Unpleasent Walk by C.Rafe knew when to draw the line. I loved that book so I am not totaly oppsoed to taking a retelling in another direction but I am disgusted as to how the author could take such beloved characters and porrtay in such a manner is beyond me. Spoiler alert it ends well but I could not stomach the whole book so I peeked.That is 4 dollars and half a morning I will never get back.