anonymous asked:

Hi! Um, I'm trying to write a Regency era AU where both Elizabeth and Darcy are men, but have hit a snag trying to work out how much of the plot I can justify keeping, and how Elizabeth being male alters things within the Bennet family. Can you help?

Hmm that does alter things somewhat with regards to the economics, but that could be fixed by making at least Jane a man, as well (“John?”) in which case he would inherit Longbourn and then Elizaboy and any other sons would have to find themselves a profession to support themselves, their eventual families, and any other unmarried sisters. The drive for men to marry well would still be there, though without the same kind of urgency based on their being near-penniless and homeless upon Mr. Bennet’s death.

If “Elizabeth” was in a “lower” profession such as trade (perhaps having got a place through Uncle Gardiner,) that could be a means for the subtle class differences between the landed gentry (Darcy) and the working gentry (Lizzy) (and in a lower-status job, too, rather than the Army/Navy, Church, or Law,) could be enough to still drive the social friction between them.

Ti scriverei di come tu mi fai essere completamente me stessa e più vera di quel che pensavo si potesse mai essere.
Ti chiederei se ti manco come tu manchi a me, al punto che non c'è nessun altro posto al mondo che abbia senso, se non quello dove ci sei tu.
—  Jo Baker
  • Mr Darcy, probably: Do you know who I think is the ugliest girl in Longbourn? That Elizabeth Bennet. You know what I'd give her on a scale of one to ten, with one as the ugliest and ten as the prettiest? I'd give her an 8... 8.5... or a 9... but not... NOT over a 9.8. Because there is always room for improvement. Not everyone is perfect, like me. I'm holding out for a 10. Because I'm worth it.
  • Lizzie: I live in Longbourn. You live in Pemberley. Everyone in the world knows who you are, my mother has trouble remembering my name.
  • Darcy: I’m also just a boy, standing in front of a girl, asking her to love him.

Mr. Darcy drew his chair a little towards her, and said, “You cannot have a right to such very strong local attachment. You cannot have been always at Longbourn.”

Elizabeth looked surprised. The gentleman experienced some change of feeling; he drew back his chair, took a newspaper from the table, and, glancing over it, said, in a colder voice,

“Are you pleased with Kent?”

—  Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
brenda-is-reading replied to your post “What kind of woman would be perfect for Henry Tilney?”

What are some of your favorite novels that are based on the works of Jane Austen? I like quite a few of the Austen Projects and I love Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Mrs. Goddard, mistress of a school by Joan Austen-Leigh is a JOY and Jo Baker’s Longbourn is a REVELATION and I adore them both for different reasons.

  • Darcy: Come on, we're going to Longbourn.
  • Bingley: No, no I can't
  • Darcy: Why not?
  • Bingley: Because if I go to Longbourn Jane and I are going to become "the Bings"! I can't be "The Bings"!

But consider this: Alternate ending to Pride and Prejudice where Darcy pays Wickham off and manages to convince Lydia to come back to Pemberley with him. Lydia’s still a bit upset, but Darcy tells her that her father and older sisters were worried about her, and that mollifies her for a while cause she’s never known them to be concerned over her before. Darcy and Lydia arrive back at Pemberley, and Georgiana is there to greet them. Georgiana and Lydia become fast friends, and Georgiana tells Lydia all about how terrible Wickham actually is. Lydia starts to realize that actually the way he treated her was wrong and gross and predatory. Darcy returns to Longbourn alone, having left Lydia at Pemberley with Georgiana. He tells Lizzie what he’s done, and about Lydia bonding with Georgiana. Not only is Lizzie incredibly grateful to Darcy, she also feels super guilty cause “God she’s my sister. Yeah she’s annoying as fuck but Darcy was there for my baby sister and I wasn’t.” Lizzie makes her peace with Lydia, and the two of them realize they have a fair amount in common. Also, Lydia loves Georgiana to the moon and back, and Georgiana is a very good influence like “Lydia maybe you shouldn’t drink that you’ll feel terrible in the morning. Lydia that soldiers trying to take advantage don’t dance with him.” Lydia learns how to read people a bit better as a result. Darcy and Lizzie and Jane and Bingley get married in a glorious double wedding. Lydia, Georgiana, Mary and Kitty are the bridesmaids. Caroline Bingley, unfortunately, was invited to a high profile event in London that she just couldn’t miss. Quite unfortunate, really. Darcy realizes that his sister has gone missing during the reception, walks in on Georgiana kissing Lydia in an empty room. Darcy and Lizzie are actually mostly fine with this cause “at least it’s not Wickham thank god”. Jane and Bingley are just like “well they’re happy and these crazy shenanigans are over so w/e”. Mr. & Mrs. Bennet just tactfully ignore the situation and pretend their daughter is helping Lizzie manage Pemberley or something. It’s about the same as pretending said daughter didn’t run off with a drunken, destitute, motherfucking [REDACTED]. Lizzie & Darcy and Jane & Bingley all have a shit ton of children, and Georgiana and Lydia are the cool aunts. George Wickham dies of typhus or some shit while fighting in some war in Europe. And they all live happily ever after. The end.

Hi all! So in mid-December I finished watching the Lizzie Bennet Diaries and LOVED it! It made me want to immerse myself in all things Austen again though! So this January I will be doing just that!

“Jane-uary” is going to be my month of Austen! Specifically of Pride and Prejudice (because again, I am now OBSESSED with the Lizzie Bennet Diaries). So here is what I will be reading this month:

  • “The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet” Bernie Su & Kate Rorick
  • “Impulse & Initiative” Abigail Reynolds
  • “Pemberly” Emma Tennant
  • “Longbourn” Jo Baker
  • “Death Comes to Pemberly” PD James

Ahhhh I’m so excited! If you guys decide to some Jane Austen or Austen-based fction, please let me know! And let me know what you’re reading! I’ll be using the hashtag #Janeuaryreading. It’s gonna be a good month :)

Happy reading, and happy new year cupcakes!!


Happy birthday to Jane Austen, born today in 1775!

A little medley of some new, favorite, and upcoming (like Curtis Sittenfeld’s twist on Pride and Prejudice*) updated takes on her classic novels! 

  • Wrong About the Guy, by Claire LaZebnik (Emma)
  • The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
  • Longbourn, by Jo Baker (Pride and Prejudice)
  • Emma, by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld (Pride and Prejudice)
  • Austenland, by Shannon Hale
  • Unleashing Mr. Darcy, by Teri Wilson (Pride and Prejudice)
  • Sense & Sensibility, by Joanna Trollope

See last year’s round-up here!


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