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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries 5 Year Anniversary -  Snobby Mr. Douchey - Ep: 6  (April 26th 2012)

Darcy’s boring, stuffy, unbelievably rude. He thinks he’s too good for us “common folk.” But he’s handsome! And rich! Even richer than Bing Lee!

anonymous asked:

Hi, since I've seen that you sometimes post about pride&prejudice I wanted to ask for your opinion on something: I've often seen people say that Elizabeth changes her mind about Darcy only after she sees how wealthy he is i.e. she realised what it meant being married to him and that's why she agreed to marry him later. Do you think that's the case? For me it's a complete misinterpretation of the book but maybe I'm the one reading it wrong...

Austen is indeed my specialty!

It’s a regrettably common reading going back to, at least, Sir Walter Scott’s contemporary review. It’s rooted in Elizabeth’s joke to Jane, that her feelings started to change when she saw his beautiful grounds at Pemberley, but 

1) it’s a joke

2) she’s struck by the beauty of the grounds (and his personal interior decorating projects), specifically BECAUSE of his wealth. She expected it to be tacky or at least OTT—a monument to riches—and she’s impressed because it isn’t. There’s elegance and restraint, emphasizing the natural advantages and beauty without overpowering them. Elizabeth is all about the #aesthetic, not splendour; even in the joke, it’s what she emphasizes.

And, if anything, she’s pretty dismissive about the scale of Darcy’s wealth that is discreetly apparent there. She notes that the furniture is suitable to his fortune and immediately redirects her attention to the grounds, Georgiana’s drawings, etc. The thing that hits her at Pemberley, if you’re going for the materialistic approach, is not wealth but power. She always knew he was rich, but she’s explicitly startled and impressed by his power at Pemberley (specifically by how nobly he exercises it, but perhaps to a certain extent the simple fact of it). 

So I’ve always been a bit perplexed that the conspiracy theory is fortune-hunting!Elizabeth and not power-hungry!Elizabeth. :P 

Now, I think it’s very clear that Elizabeth is impressed by his power largely in the sense that it shows character. The freer you are to act—and in this case, to impose your will on others by simply existing—the more your actions betray your inner character. And by that metric, Darcy’s inner character is exemplary. That’s really very clear, IMO, but people (esp people who are looking for something to problematize!) nevertheless miss it.

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MASTERLIST;

so i finally got my life together enough to create a masterlist in post format! yay old woman, technology challenged olivia! all my fics will be here and i’ll update it as i post fics.


LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA:

Truth - The reader has been friends with Lin for as long as she can remember. A little jealousy one night leads to a spilling of feelings and a run-away Lin.

First Impressions - The reader is the second eldest Bennet daughter. This is the story of her interactions with Mr. Miranda, of Derbyshire.

- Chapter I
- Chapter II
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV
- Chapter V: FINALE

Finding Islands - Day 4 of the Hamwriters Write-A-Thon: Worldwide Day. Lin gets the reader to show him around the island of Haida Gwaii. Shenanigans involving seafood ensue.

Golden - Day 5 of the Hamwriters Write-A-Thon: Reverse Point of View. Lin-Manuel is holding his daughter for the first time.

After Hours - A collaboration fic with Ren (@alexanderhamllton). Based on the prompt: “I have a key to the theatre, and sometimes I go there when I need to think. Apparently so do you.” 

5 a.m. - A collaboration fic with Ren (@alexanderhamllton​). The reader wants McDonald’s at 5 in the morning. She drags Lin along.


ANTHONY RAMOS: 

Method Actor - The reader plays Naomi Rodriguez opposite Anthony in 21 Chump Street. He seems to have feelings for her, but she fears it’s just his wonderful acting skills. 

Anatomy 101 - Day 1 of the Hamwriters Write-A-Thon: AU Day. Anthony needs a nude model for his art course, and he goes to the reader. 

King of the Lost Boys - Day 3 of the Hamwriters Write-A-Thon: Literature Day. Pan, or Anthony, is the leader of a motley crew called the Lost Boys. He is undoubtedly magical, but remember: love? he has never heard of it. 

- Chapter I
- Chapter II
- Chapter III
- Chapter IV


DAVEED DIGGS: 

Vittsjö - Daveed tries to assemble ikea furniture. There are, as you might have guessed, repercussions. 


OKIERIETE ONAODOWAN: 

Cotton Candy - Oak is infatuated with the girl who works at the cotton candy stand. 

Funnel Cake - Part 2 to Cotton Candy. Involving the universe and a pretty bad date.

The Cascades - All you want is to spend this rainy day cuddling with your boyfriend in bed. Oak needs convincing.  

Domestic Bliss - Day 7 of the Hamwriters Write-A-Thon: #WriteForOak2k17 Day. Small vignettes about a domestic life at home with the love of your life. Warm. Happy. Everything you want. 


JORDAN FISHER: 

Parallel Instances - Day 6 of the Hamwriters Write-A-Thon: First Time Day. The story of firsts and lasts shared with Jordan before your time together is cut short by leukaemia. 


JASMINE CEPHAS JONES: 

Understudy - The reader is Lin’s understudy and plays Hamilton for the night. It gives Jasmine the excuse to kiss the protagonist but it leads to more. 


PHILLIPA SOO: 

Starlight Grounds - Day 2 of the Hamwriters Write-A-Thon: Femslash Day. As a barista, the reader sees Pippa come in every day for the same drink and a song. A mixtape follows.