Obsession with Darcy

Whoa, Darcy!“—- this is what every dreamy girl is saying..( Moi included 😀 )  I was 18 when i fell in love with Mr. Darcy. It was in College– I never thought that it would change my opinion of men for the rest of life when I saw this book at our school library.Image

So this evening..It popped into my head to watch Pride and Prejudice

Image ( 2005 film version) and I sat there entirely fascinated, being just a bit in love (no! super madly in love ) with Mr. Darcy (to the point that yes, I did squealed like a loon again) and somehow his name and an idea popped into my head –why don’t I write about him?– and since I haven’t posted yet again, why not write about my obsession?. Which is now on repeat in my head. How my brain does these things, and I should imagine I will soon be one of those delusional individuals who imagine their life a part of romantic film, and books etc.

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What other character in literature has left such an impression on so many generations of women? What other character has been honored with adaptations, Facebook groups, clothing lines? There is definitely something about Darcy… So yes when I performed this search, I found out that Darcy is a trending topic, everybody’s into him!. Strangely I found myself completely obsessively looking for  Mr Darcy related stuffs on Google and stumbled into a few incredible (and weird) stuffs, which are now popular–or perhaps better described as crazy mental that apparently afflicted millions of women around the world who have come down with a case of Darcy Fever.

Darcy has been portrayed on screen a countless times. First there was Andrew Osborn who appeared as Darcy in a television film in 1938 ( I didn’t really got to see the entire film, but only bits of it–man it’s old!). But the most recent interpretation which have really hit a nerve with female audiences– Matthew Macfadyen’s 2005 Darcy had bags more sex appeal than Laurence Olivier’s 1940 stiff-upper-lip version and the very acclaimed 1995 a dip in the pond wet look of Colin Firth (haha I think).

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The smoldering hero of Pride and Prejudice 2005 movie adaptation Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen).

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Pride and Prejudice was first published in 1813. Nearly 200 years later, the novel’s romantic lead, Mr. Darcy, still has a powerful effect on women. So what exactly is it about this old-fashioned, 200-year-old man that still sets our hearts a-flutter? Let me count the ways….

1. Darcy isn’t one to mince words or play games: He tells Elizabeth exactly what he feels about her. Because he loves her. Ardently.                                                                                                   Image

(Epic) In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. People don’t do anything ardently  enough anymore.

2. At first impression, he seems pompous, conceited and unfriendly.Image

But it is only the women in his life (Elizabeth Bennet and his sister Giorgiana) who are able to bring out his more soft and caring side.

3. When Elizabeth’s sister goes missing and because he so unquestionably loves her, even though she basically shot him down before, he fixed the problem by tracking down the lovers and bribing Wickham into marrying the second youngest Bennett daughter. Erasing the indiscretion and sealing her future as the wife of an ass.

4.Even though there were things about Elizabeth that were not entirely suited to a man of Darcy’s position and she spoke her mind in a way that could have brought criticism and did from the social elite surrounding him.

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To his credit, even before he fell in love with her, he spoke about her from pride and prejudice, but did not give her advice or change her. –And that people is L.O.V.E 🙂

5. And if someone came along who acted exactly like Mr. Darcy but was broke, neither Lizzie Bennett nor the modern woman would turn him down. But the fact that you could (for Jane Austen herself made it!) be married to the son of a wealthy, well-established family and the master of the great estate of Pemberley –a palace?Image

(How would you like to see a sunrise in the fields such as the one in the end of the 2005 movie?) Well, it’s no wonder Darcy is fiction.. And no wonder I’m still obsessed. 😀

6. And do you have any idea how many books there are about Mr. Darcy? o.O –along with it’s many parodies (including Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) but also Me and Mr. DarcyMr. Darcy’s Diary, A Wife for Mr. DarcyMr. Darcy Takes a Wife, The Trouble with Mr. Darcy, In the Arms of Mr. Darcy, Only Mr. Darcy Will Do, To Have His Cake (And Eat it Too): Mr. Darcy’s Tale, What He Would Not Do – Mr. Darcy’s Tale Continues, The Truth About Mr. Darcy, Loving Mr. Darcy – Tales Beyond Pemberley, My Dearest Mr. Darcy, Mr. Darcy’s Obession, The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World, To Conquer Mr. Darcy, Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart, Seducing Mr. Darcy, Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One, Mr. Darcy’s Secret, What Would Mr. Darcy Do?, Mr. Darcy Vampyre, A Weekend with Mr. Darcy, Mr. Darcy’s Daughter….etc. There are so many that I could just probably tuck myself  in bed for a few months and do nothing but read ( READ o.O ) books–starring Mr. Darcy.

Bridget Jones’s Diary, is little more than a modern reworking and love letter to Darcy, though this time; Mark Darcy (Colin Firth).

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It was, in fact, the movie/book that made me realize that this Darcy obsession existed.

7. Two centuries on, Fitzwilliam Darcy is still the man that women “definitely would”. He may come in forms of Charlotte Brontë’s Mr Rochester, Emily Brontë’s Heathcliffe or EL James’ Christian Grey but they’re still always Darcy in disguise, a little version of Austen’s classic original hero…

So that’s it. Generous and kind hearted, who can protect, provide and listen, and who is prepared to change– that’s what Darcy stands for and if you think about it, he’s really not too far removed from the men we know and love… 🙂

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