WHEN LIZZY MET DARCY…(in the modern world) By Author Katie Oliver

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When Lizzy Met Darcy…

Whether found in the pages of a book or on a movie screen, we love romantic comedies. Who doesn’t snort-laugh at Bridget Jones’s antics, or root for Meg Ryan, or swoon over hot leading men like Hugh Grant, Ryan Gosling, and Jude Law?

Just as screenplays by Nora Ephron, Diablo Cody, and Tina Fey shine a telling light on modern relationships, Jane Austen’s novels skewered Regency mores and social status with unerring (and often comical) accuracy. From Emma Woodhouse’s well-intentioned but misguided meddling to Catherine Morland’s overactive imagination, we laugh at her characters’ romantic foibles and missteps, just as we laugh today at Cher Horowitz in Clueless, Lalita Bakshirich in Bride and Prejudice, and Lizzie in the Lizzie Bennett DiariesKATIE 2

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Why? Because whether it’s 1809 or 2018, human nature hasn’t changed. We all have feet of clay and ulterior motives. We have our pride, and our prejudices. We want what we want, whether it’s the perfect bridal gown (Say Yes to the Dress) or the perfect groom (The Bachelor), and we’ll do whatever it takes to achieve romantic happiness. (And if that necessitates a bit of eye scratching or hair pulling along the way, so be it.)

So how does one modernize a classic novel and inject a dash of present-day panache? Well, I’m glad you asked…

Several years ago I decided to write a book. As a long-time fan of rom coms, and with the huge success of Bridget Jones’s Diary in mind, I decided to set my book in London and write about a family-owned department store and its struggle to stay open in the face of an economic downturn. I wanted plenty of conflict, a dash of danger, and plenty of romance.

KATIE0Prada and Prejudice was the result. I started with a sweet but spoiled girl, Natalie Dashwood, who stands to inherit Dashwood and James department store but hasn’t a clue how to run it. Her grandfather hires business consultant Rhys Gordon to whip the store into shape. Natalie is outraged and fights Rhys at every cost-cutting turn, but he’s immovable. Austerity is his byword and he’s determined to curb her reckless spending. It’s a match made in retail hell.

Despite the title, the story is more Hepburn and Tracy than Lizzy and Darcy. Forced to work together to save the store, Natalie and Rhys quarrel and clash, but they can’t deny their attraction to one another. There are no carriages in their modern London world, no arranged marriages, no muslin gowns or debts of honor. But a sleek sports car can set the scene for romance just as effectively as a curricle and pair (just watch The Bachelor if you don’t believe me).

The trappings may have changed, and social mores as well, but human emotions have not. Deep inside, our desire for love, for affection and connection, remains.

Just as in Austen’s day, the sexes still battle it out. Fashions have evolved from crinolines and corsets to slip dresses and platform shoes, from demure lace wedding gowns to form fitting fishtails and stilettos, but one thing hasn’t changed. When Mark Darcy (Bridget Jones’s Diary) and William Thacker (Notting Hill) finally declare their feelings, we’re as over the moon and overcome with happiness as Bridget and Anna.

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A little about Katie

Katie Oliver loves romantic comedies, Jane Austen, characters who “meet cute,” Richard Curtis films, and Prosecco (not necessarily in that order).She believes that falling in love never gets old and it never goes out of style. Reading a book written by Katie is like taking a peek into her loves and likes. So go on pick up a book.

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Author: loganivy

FIRST THINGS FIRST Simply put I am here because I love books... I am extremely passionate about stories especially those steeped in mythical folklore, ancient myths, and legends and suffused with the magic of unique realms and supernatural worlds. I believe there is an alternate universe where magic, mysticism, and wonder still exist, a world where no reality is impossible. Discovering ourselves is an ongoing journey. From reading the next logical step was writing. I am the author of ‘The Breach’, an upcoming supernatural fantasy.For when I write about these worlds I become a part of them and learn more about myself each day. A PEEK INTO MY SOUL I am a realist but at the same time also a dreamer. To me, reading is a window into the hearts of others . Writing is the window to my imagination drawing from my glimpses of the world around me. The beauty of writing lies in the mind’s eye – what we see, the way we interpret it and finally how we translate it to paper. HOW I VIEW MY CHARACTERS To me, every character is multi-dimensional. There is no mere black or white perspective to a character. If a person is strong, we have to delve into what contributed to making them that way? Similarly, what are the fears, likes and loves of a character. That is what makes each one of them unique. It makes them what they are. No character should be just a filler in a story. If a character is evil, why is he or she that way? If a male character is not the central focus of a story, if he is okay with the girl in his life taking center stage I don’t see him as weak. I think he is a great guy and the kind that any girl would be lucky to have in their lives. Looking for the prince who rescues you from the dragon or the lecherous villain should be passé. Real men may not have muscles but they have good hearts. I write about such princes, the guys who are also okay with the girl playing hero in their life, being rescued by them too. I love reading and writing about girls and women with flaws because all real women are that way. Not the most beautiful, not the bravest, not the thinnest nor the richest. They find strength in their family, in their love. My girls do not compete against men; only circumstances and the challenges they throw up. The men who support them, stand by them are the ones I like to read and write about. Through this blog I hope to share more about inspirational characters and the beauty and richness a book contains. MY INSPIRATION Is it possible to cherish and to love something all your life without really analyzing it or understanding why? ‘Stories’ fired my imagination since I was a child….it started with my father, who would spend thirty minutes each night weaving supernatural tales of troubled ghosts in a bid to awe, shock and above all bond with his daughters. He never realized and neither did I that he was also weaving those little quirks into my personality that later on in life would go ahead and set me apart. During class breaks in school, I would share the same tales with the class, now adding my own embellishments, peaks, and lows so as to hold their attention and leave them shouting for more. As my dad got busier and we got a little older the stories seemed to have trickled off but not before transferring that hook for the beginning, the narration, the mystery and the spectacular end. Books and Movies became my magical time machines capable of drawing, pulling, and holding me. Friends and colleagues would decide to read books or watch movies after I brought to life with words what I read or saw on screen. Even love came to me through books when the first time I met my husband we fell in love over a discussion on ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’. One day I realized what I should have known all along – Stories; they lived in my soul. I had worlds to create, people waiting to be brought to life and stories to share. So I share what I love.

2 thoughts on “WHEN LIZZY MET DARCY…(in the modern world) By Author Katie Oliver”

  1. I recently watched the movie Pride & Prejudice, so this post was very well timed 😀 I loved the tension and misconception between the two. I would love to watch the series with Colin Firth, but as I’m time-pressed, I may have to make do with Prada & Prejudice 😀

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