One of the challenges of writing Pride and Prejudice Variations is dealing with Wickham. I try to make him interesting so I don’t start yawning when he explains – yet again – how Darcy did him wrong, ignoring Darcy’s father’s wishes to give him a living, etc.
Blah, blah, blah, Wickham – get over it already.
Note, I actually used some of this in Stealing Darcy, where Caroline Bingley through a body swap is the person who first meets Wickham and hears his sob story.
In Frankenstein Darcy, my mashup of Pride and Prejudice and Frankenstein, you’ll meet Wickham again.
When I write, I sometimes imagine the actors who have played the roles in P&P versions. IMHO, 1995 Wickham was too smarmy, and 2005 Wickham too sweet. Lost in Austen Wickham was cute and charming, and the Death Comes to Pemberley Wickham was exactly right – handsome and sexy with an underlying selfishness.
When you read Frankenstein Darcy, feel free to cast it with whichever Wickham you prefer.