I read widely from many genres. Perhaps this blog will feature fewer ratings and reviews, but I certainly intend to write about my reading life - it's the subject I most find myself wanting to talk about.
What annoyed me about both Shannon Hale's "Austenland" and Alexandra Potter's "Me and Mr. Darcy" was the conceit that both books' main characters are "huge Austen fans" -- but not fans of Jane Austen's actual writing. They're huge fans of Mr. Darcy -- and specifically Colin Firth's portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the BBC miniseries.
Okay, so that's the classic, quintessential portrayal. But to devote a whole novel to someone who hero-worships a film character is a giant waste of time. It's basically fan fiction. Don't know why a major publisher would take on such slight, frivolous works. Well, I do know -- Jane Austen sells books.
I like a good Austen reimagining, myself. P.D. James' "Death Comes to Pemberley" was ok (you can read my remarks on it here: http://carissagreen50.booklikes.com/post/1068308/reimaginings-death-comes-to-pemberley). I'm looking forward to reading Jo Baker's "Longbourn."
But these are so flimsy, and under such a premise, it's hard to like or even take these characters seriously.