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REVIEW: Jane Austen’s Guide To Dating, Lauren Henderson

“Dating these days is like walking through a minefield”- Lauren Henderson

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No Mr Darcy Blog, a Q&A with Sara Mitchell

“Working on the Me before He”- tagline for www.nomrdarcy.com

On one of my internet trawls (I use this word, as it is very much me swimming head-first with my mind wide open, scraping for information) I stumbled on a blog entitled ‘No Mr Darcy’.  Feeling very intrigued, I entered, only to fall down the rabbit hole yet again.  22 year old Sara, qualified in writing/literature/publishing from Emerson College, Boston, gave herself the challenge of not dating for a year. And then opened up the doorway for the rest of us to peer in curiously. It’s a treasure, and she spills all with astounding honesty on her blog.  But why NO Mr. Darcy? And how can we use Austen to relate to our own lives? It’s all below in a Q&A.

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Would you like to go to a Regency House Party?

I cannot believe that I have not seen this stunning piece of work before. In the manner of Frontier House, a series called Regency House Party is born. It’s a sort of 1700s dating game (actually “1811”), where for nine weeks five single men and women are taken back two hundred years in time to court one another. Set in Kentchurch Court in Herefordshire this is a shocking change for all of the participants and is made to be very authentic (with chaperones, suckling pigs… the whole deal).  It has lovely little snippets about the Regency era, and shows the transformation of the men and women into their historical counterparts.  Plus, it’s all on youtube.

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Are you seeking a Mr. Darcy?

I recently stumbled across a new blog that completely piqued my interest. It is called ‘Seeking Mr Darcy’. One girl, Lisa, aka Fairy Godmother, had set up this site to find a “Mr Darcy” for her best friend whose alias, fittingly, is “Elizabeth Bennet”. In what appears to be a labour of love, Lisa had set out to find the right man for her friend.

The idea just struck me as way too cute to pass up (what a sweet thing to do for your friend!), and Pride and Prejudice is about nothing if not friendship afterall!  So, I decided to send our matchmaker a line and see just what provoked the blog and why she chose our favourite literary couple to find her friend a man!

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