I'm Monica Fairview and I'm delighted you made it here to my website. I write Regency romance and Jane Austen "sequels", so if you're looking for something that will transport you to that by-gone era of elegance, you've come to the right place.
I've loved Pride and Prejudice for many years, ever since I read it -- and loved it -- at school. It never occurred to me then that there would come a point in my life that I would draw such inspiration from Jane Austen that I would want to write a sequel.
I have since read Pride and Prejudice so many times that the characters have branded themselves on my mind. Who could resist Eliza Bennet, intelligent, fearless, and very much Mr Darcy's equal? And isn't Mr Darcy the prototype of the rich powerful prince with the heart of gold? That he has to work to get Cinderella's attention is all the better, because as it turns out Cinderella isn't exactly a pushover. She resists him, to his utter disbelief, and he has to prove himself worthy of her affection. Such a wonderful story!
But that isn't all. Austen manages to add to it the irrepressible Bennet family, the amazingly obtuse Mr Collins, the sneering Lady Catherine, plus a great deal of social commentary and a caustic tongue. It's a book that has it all. No one can accuse Austen of not wrapping up Pride and Prejudice well. Why, then do we feel it isn't enough? To me it was always about the characters. I couldn't quite get myself to say goodbye to them.
I would probably have left well alone if it wasn't for the fact that two adaptations of Pride and Prejudice piqued my interest so much that I kept wanting to revisit the novel.
The 1995 adaptation with Colin Firth remains the one I prefer, because to me Firth remains the embodiment of repressedpassion, his dark glances hinting at so much he practically burns up the screen. But the 1995 version brings to us a more haunted Mr Darcy, with Matthew Macfadyen providing a more angst-ridden hero whose appeal lies in his vulnerability.