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Longbourn's Unexpected Matchmaker

February 02, 2011 09:52PM
Hox, Emma, Longbourn's Unexpected Matchmaker, a fan-fiction novel
based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, 2nd ed.,
Rhemalda Publishing: [Wenatchee] 98801, WA, 326 p., 2009.
www.EmmaHox.com www.rhemalda.com LCC#: 2009944063, ISBN:

The beginning dialogue of Longbourn's Unexpected Matchmaker (LUM) match Pride and Prejudice (P&P) very close. Any variation is as needed by the alterations of LUM from P&P, and the fact that LUM's Elizabeth Bennet is narrating what she overheard her parents say in P&P. In that way, LUM is like P&P3, Focus Feature's 2005 adaption starring Keira Knightly, that begin with Elizabeth walking to and then into the house, where she listen to her mother briefing her father on "Netherfield Park is let at last."

Since P&P text is in the Public Domain, it is not a copy-right infringement for a fan-fiction author, and apparently a published author, to copy and use some of Jane Austen's writing; at least the dialogue, but also the narration. How much is good taste to keep a story canon, versus how much reveal a lack of talent or want of story, is open.

The first sub-section is good to have such a fit. Up to about half-way through, as LUM wend through its story line, the weaving use, as a wild analytical guess, about 15% of Jane Austen's P&P. Thereafter, a few sentences and clauses seemed familiar, but by then, LUM was its own story. The amount of P&P used is not excessive.

LUM vary from P&P very early in the book. First, the report of Mrs. Long as relayed by Mrs. Bennet became Jane and Elizabeth's nightly chat. Then LUM add Col. Fitzwilliam to the Netherfield party. And then Mr. Bennet attend the Meryton assembly and where Elizabeth does not get her pride quite as mortified by the rich man's refusal to stand up with her. As LUM diverge from P&P, fewer sentences and clauses seem to come from P&P.

LUM should have stayed as a fan-fiction. Or if it had to be a published work, about 50 pages of many trip's shopping rapture could be dissected. If any such are worthy, and considering the number of ladies who would take such pleasure, the trip to the warehouse after the Gardiners return from Lambton, would cover all the bases. Some edit needs for a third edition were detected, but notes were not taken during the condition of late-night reading. Of course and as the to-be betrothed get closer, the kissing in romantic scenes get too close to "face-eating" and the affection become more like a bodice ripper.

Is LUM a good read? It was satisfying to read why and how Wickham and Lady Catherine got their "just deserts." Those two stayed true to P&P's characters. Lord and Lady Matlock softened too quick regarding the lack of Elizabeth's connections and wealth contribution for Pemberley to be canon. Perhaps, LUM opened the door to an easy reconciliation. Caroline's character is true to P&P, but her duplicitous nature and offenses were taken to the extreme. However, the modern reader will chuckle more than as the word "comedy" suggest for P&P.

LUM is a tolerable read, if checked out from a library. As a purchase item, it is only worth the price to those of sufficient consequence.

"The avalanche has started. It is too late for the pebbles to vote." -Ambassador Kosh Naranek

Longbourn's Unexpected Matchmaker

Rae ElaineFebruary 02, 2011 09:52PM

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