Darcy and Elizabeth, a Classic Love Story

In centuries past many books have been written that are still enjoyed by the world at large today.  The authors who have written these novels continue to share with us the beauty of love and triumph over adversity, hundreds of years after they have died.  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is still one of the most beloved stories ever written, having sold 20,000,000 copies since it was first published nearly 200 years ago. Though Jane Austen was never lucky enough to know the kind of love she wrote about, the tale of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy will continue to live on in the hearts and libraries of many.  These characters are still so beloved that amateur authors of today still write about them in Jane Austen fanfiction.  For those who just can’t stand the thought of never reading a new word about Lizzie and Darcy, they need only search online to find fan-inspired Jane Austen sequels, many of which take place on the Pemberley estate.

This love story starts with two characters, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, feeling a mutual enmity for one another. Though they both begin their relationship thinking one is prideful and the other prejudiced,  the novel ends with them falling deeply in love after learning how much they didn’t know about each other.  After some misadventures and misunderstandings, Lizzie and Darcy are able to work through their grudges toward each other while dealing with the many barriers that women and men had to deal with at the time.

Pride and prejudice is ultimately about a good man and a good woman who find each other and find happiness with each other as they triumph over the many adversities that their relationship faces.  There’s something magical about the time in which these characters lived, something has been lost in the annals of history. This novel is still used today by those who wish to escape this complicated world for a world of old and a world of love.  But there are those of us who haven’t given up hope that we can bring that magical old world to us here today.

That said, this classic love story now has hundreds of published sequels by many devoted authors. Once you start reading Regency Jane Austen sequels, you may find yourself  hopelessly “lost in Austen” (or wishing to be!)