Over at Nathan Bransford's blog he has posed the question, "Which literary character do you have a crush on?" I did a quick scan of all his comments, 176 when I visited, and Mr Darcy is well in the lead. Heathcliff, Aragorn, Hamlet and many other's followed. Quite a few also mentioned Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. (Myself included.) But Mr Darcy is the clear favourite.
So what is it about Mr Darcy? Is it the TV series with Colin Firth? I think he helped - a little. Why do we like a man who is, let's face it, totally rude to Elizabeth when they first meet. Then when he declares his love, demeaning.
I think if we were to imagine really really hard that we were Elizabeth, we might not be so quick to fall for him. Or is it the large estate and all that money that really swayed her?
Don't get me wrong, I'm up there with women who like him. He may be a brooding, aloof character, but in the end he saves the Bennets from the scandal of Lydia's atrocious behavior and who can resist the real man at home with his sister Georgiana? But is that enough?
I have a book on my shelf entitled: A Truth Universally Acknowledged - 33 Reasons Why We Can't Stop Reading Jane Austen. Edited by Susannah Carson. In it, 33 writers, past and present, discuss just what it is about Jane Austen that inspires such devotion. There are comments from Somerset Maugham, E.M.Forster, C.S.Lewis, Fay Weldon, A.S.Byatt and others.
Today I am taking the book from my shelf and I'm going to read it. Also, I have been meaning to read all of her novels. I have read Pride and Prejudice several times and recently I read Northanger Abbey. It's time to dust of another volume and get reading.
I will keep you posted with my progress.