This book managed to irritate and entertain in different parts. Perhaps it was the lack of choices, rather heavy reliance on a point system and the often awkward inclusion of characters, but it left a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth. If you’ve read a “Create your own Adventure” novel before, you will know what this book has in store when it subtitles itself “Create your own Jane Austen Adventure”. For the others, I will explain in full. Disjointed storylines are symptomatic of this book genre, a genre of which I am admittedly not a fan, and Webster did have a better attempt at it than most.
So, will you die a horrible death? Marry Mr. Darcy? Become a writer?…
Bingley: They all paint tables, cover screens, and net purses.
Caroline: A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages, to deserve the word; and besides all this, she must possess a certain something in her air and manner of walking, the tone of her voice, her address and expressions, or the word will be but half deserved.
A constant source of vexation to me is this thought that often comes to mind: What if, somehow, Mr. Darcy came to Sydney in the 21st Century… and I wasn’t “accomplished” enough for him? Shocking, indeed. What if I lose all possibility of blissful happiness, wealth et cetera… because I really couldn’t be bothered to spend a whole decade brushing up on my embroidering skills (or skillz, if we want to get all postmodern)? And so, Continue reading