Fate & Consequences is a Pride and Prejudice variation beginning before the actual novel itself. Georgiana Darcy and George Wickham have been discovered by her brother and cousin at an inn in Meryton. Though the two tried to reach her before leaving Ramsgate in order to prevent any word of the elopement spreading they were unsuccessful. The Darcy family is thrown into a scandal and Georgiana is ruined. The next morning, as the Darcy’s and their cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam are preparing to depart, a woman, Elizabeth Bennet, offers a tearful Georgiana a dry handkerchief. That fateful moment forward, a deep relationship between the Darcy’s and Elizabeth develops.
Though I have seen other people say that this particular variation was not as good as others, I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were quite a few moments where I found myself going, “Hmm, I never thought of something like that happening,” and I think that’s what had me enjoying the book so much. I really liked how Linda Wells took the relationship of Darcy and Elizabeth, building it up and strengthening them from a moment of weakness to a strong family. However, it is not only them, but so many of Austen’s original characters including Georgiana, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Mary Bennet, and even Anne de Bourgh get a chance to find their places in the world.
hm, that sounds interesting, actually. Does it focus very much on Wickham and Georgiana? I’ve always thought it might be neat for someone to do P&P from Wickham’s POV, maybe making him more than what he appears in the original.
I’ve heard of sequels to P&P, and modern interpretations and stuff, but not actual in-period retellings. But I like the idea of Anne, Mary, and Fitzwilliam being more involved. I might have to check this out 🙂
Let me tell you, this book was expensive, but worth it. I’ve actually gone back to it a couple of times just to re-read certain parts of it that made me laugh. It’s actually quite a bit different than most of the other variations out there.
Wickham does come into play in this one, but the difference is that Elizabeth knows Darcy before Wickham so she isn’t buying into his lies this go around. There’s another part in this one with Darcy, Elizabeth, and Wickham that you’ll probably have to re-read a few times too because its good.
Now, I don’t know if I’m confused, but I could have sworn I saw a book for Mr. Wickham. I just can’t remember. But I’m biased so I don’t know how well I would do to read his book. I could give it a shot. I just wish I could remember where I saw it. I’ll have to do some looking and get back to you on that.
Sequels are good, but I really love the variations. It gives the story a twist, but no matter what, there’s always something for Darcy and Elizabeth to work through. And after all, their tendency to miscommunicate to each other is what makes them so charming. At least in my book.
I haven’t read any of the modern interpretations. That’s the only part of the Darcy & Elizabeth sphere that I am unwilling to explore. The way I see it, they are the cute couple from the past. Maybe I’ll get over my aversion to modern day Darcy & Elizabeths, but I have not gotten to that point yet.