Thursday, July 9, 2015

Stories From the Past Blog Visit

Hello Kittens!

Friend and esteemed Austen-Variation author, Rose Fairbanks was kind enough to host Denial of Conscience on her blog, Stories From the Past.  

She provides a wonderful analysis of what makes this Liz Bennet so understandable, and how she relates to Jane Austen's canon Elizabeth. Thank you Rose, for your brilliant perspective and allowing your readers to experience DoC!
Lizzy who?

Cat said I could talk a little bit about Liz in this book and I jumped at the chance. When I first read this story it was at an online forum and had an “out of of character” tag on it, which made me skeptical to try it. I had enjoyed Lucky 13 when it was posting and felt like I could trust Cat to offer another great story and reading experience and I’m so glad I tried it. I enjoyed the story even more on this second reading! 
To be sure this blurb: 
Elizabeth Bennet, a young woman hiding from living life to its fullest, finds herself willing to accept an untenable marriage arrangement solely for the sake of achieving her father’s selfish aspiration to save the family’s historic home. But even duty and obligation fail to hinder her inner conscience from spurring her to leave – to run – to escape before it’s too late. Prompted by a cataclysmic event and the arrival of an attractive, enigmatic man, Liz is thrust into a dangerous liaison where her spirit learns to fly amidst international intrigue.doesn’t sound too much like the usual headstrong, fiercely brave and independent Elizabeth we typically read in variations, but I don’t think she’s so out of character. The situation has changed drastically, but the elements that Cat has used to cook up her Liz are all from Austen’s recipe.

In the original Pride and Prejudice, Lizzy felt a lot of familial duty. She loved them, but didn’t quite think well of them. She knew she was her father’s favorite child. She tells Mrs. Gardiner that her father’s good opinion of her means the world to her. When Darcy is asking Mr. Bennet for Elizabeth’s hand, she is worried about hurting his opinion of her.

She does turn down Mr. Collins, but only because her father is alive and despite his teasing Mrs. Bennet seems rather unconcerned about the likelihood of his family truly being cast into the hedgerows and considering Mr. Gardiner was assumed to have paid Mr. Wickham 10,000 pounds to marry Lydia and his frequent ability to travel he seem quite well to do. JAFF fans will recognize the idea of putting Lizzy in a situation where she feels compelled to marry (Darcy, Collins or another man) for the good of her family’s welfare. ...

Continue here to finish Rose's article and read a special outtake - the scene that never made it to the book!   Stories From the Past

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