Hello Susan! It's been ages, it seems, since I last enjoyed something of yours!
I'm sure you've heard over and over how much people love or hate Austen, but I really like that you've taken her masterpiece (it's really more the time period, I know), and captured the characters and universe we love into something different and fascinating. This past semester, I finally read P & P with my students (they abhor it) and we really delved into the time period. I wanted them to understand the Regency era and what Austen was responding to/against/whatever you please. I also like that you've got your own narrative voice and didn't try to strictly emulate Austen's very distinctive voice. You make it your own, even while negotiating two universes, per se. But, how am I surprised? Still, you and your talents never cease to amaze me.
If I remember correctly, you don't particularly like Scorpius/Rose, so I'm interested in how all of this is going to turn out. Did you intentionally characterize Rose as similar to Elizabeth? Even if you didn't, they seem like almost-twins from different eras. Rose has always struck me as very independent and book smart, not unlike Lizzy. And Lily! As my Southern dad would say, what a card!
I've never really been one for AU because it's never in the right writer's capable hands for me. I think, however, with a few more chapters, I'll be the biggest AU fan running - only if you're writing, though!
As always, it's a privilege and a pleasure to read and review your work, Susan. I can't wait to see what's in store! ♥
Author's Response: Shelby! It was a great surprise to see you reading and reviewing this story, and it means a lot to hear that you've enjoyed it so far! :D
It really is more of a Regency story than an Austen story, especially since I've drawn a more explicit connection to the Revolutionary Wars, but of all the authors who write about this period, her works are still the most inspirational - her wit and way of writing people is something I'd like to capture in this story. Her characters are wonderfully flawed and real, which is perhaps a major reason why her novels keep inspiring audiences (excluding your students of course :P The poor things have trouble with the writing because it doesn't sound like "modern" English to them - I wonder how they got through Shakespeare in high school).
I'm glad that the writing style is working for this story, not just because it's sometimes a nightmare to keep it up (it's wordier than even I'm used to!), but because I want to give a flavour of the style of the period without specifically trying to emulate Austen. There's no way anyone can do that - any attempts I've seen end up sounding ridiculous. It probably helps that I've also drawn from later nineteenth-century authors like Thackeray, Eliot, and Dickens - I've tried to recreate the period in this story rather than recreate an Austen novel. Maybe that's the difference.
It's true that I don't like Scorpius/Rose, though it's mostly because of how fandom has constructed their relationship. It's made a difference to place them in an entirely different setting, and I can see the ways that their personalities compliment one another. It's great that you see the similarities between Rose and Lizzie. I didn't purposely make them alike - the combination of Ron and Hermione gives Rose a lot of interesting characteristics. She is rather different from Lizzie as the story continues, mostly because Rose has more to fight against... as you'll see in later chapters. ;)
Thank you SO much for your review! It's inspiring and lovely - I can't tell you how much it means to hear these compliments from you, Shelby! *hugs*