Sunday, 15 April 2012

Me and Mr Darcy : a modern fantasy

Hello and good day,

book cover and it's paperback :)
After a string of disastrous relationships, Emily Albright has had it with modern men. She'd rather curl up with Pride and Prejudice and step into a time where men were honourable and strode across fields in breeches, their damp shirts clinging to their chests. The men she meets are more into pleated trousers, two-timing and internet porn. So when her best friend invites her to Mexico for a week of margaritas and manhunting, Emily books a guided tour of Jane Austen country instead. There are no dream men here. The coach is full of pensioners, apart from one Spike Hargreaves, a foul-tempered journalist writing a piece on why most women would love to date Mr Darcy. But then she walks into a room and finds herself face-to-face with Darcy himself. And every woman's fantasy suddenly becomes one woman's reality...

'There are no dream men here'. Yet, she found one.

I must say I've spent long time to have this book finished. No particular reason I just felt that finishing it off in one go would be a major waste for me :P. Honestly, 'Me and Mr Darcy' was my first book, in Alexandra Potter shelves and it was a big hit! Saying this book was the modern version of 'Pride and Prejudice' is not too much, aite? I've never read 'Pride and Prejudice' before, pardon me. T_T As I went through 'Me and Mr Darcy', I felt like reading two books in a time. Sounds unfair for 'Pride and Prejudice' fans, but that was what I thought. 

Even so, Alexandra Potter sure knew how to nurture her plot really well. She has created beautiful characters with distinctive personalities; the girl with her jump-into-conclusion-right-away character, a girl friend with 'heart' conflicts, the  male journalist who's acting nice to others but not to his crush, the mysterious woman who's appear nowhere from this era, the naive old man, the trip ladies and Mr Darcy that comes alive from book!

Most women like to dream about 'how their man should be'. The hows could've been influenced from their readings, movies, friends' partners or imaginations. They have this crazy imagination of romantic and gentlemen guy for the date. In reality, women actually don't stick to the listed characters. They'll find men with opposite attitudes more attractive. Well, I think, same thing goes to man. Ms Potter had highlighted this fact in 'Me and Mr Darcy'. The man in a woman's imagination isn't much fun or real either.

FJ : I've fallen into Alexandra Potter writing. Thus, I grabbed 'Going La La'. Let's see what she's got this time :)
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