Elizabeth Bennet is a fascinating heroine. She is clever and amusing, and we like her because she stands up for herself, she’s loyal, and she doesn’t marry Mr. Collins for the money. Then when she reads Darcy’s letter, she realizes that she has been proud and prejudiced against a good man. She is humbled, and we see her flaws.
In many ways, she reminds us of us. None of us are perfect, and yet, Elizabeth Bennet, through her unflinching honesty, ends up with Mr. Darcy.
I think that’s why we read and reread Pride and Prejudice – it gives us hope that imperfect women can achieve that happily ever after.
In my Pride and Prejudice mashup, Frankenstein Darcy, I wanted to make Elizabeth a little more of a feminist, so I reread Vindication on the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley’s mother, to get a better sense of current issues. Over the years, Mary Wollstonecraft has been considered a scandalous woman, a feminist, and then not feminist enough, merely a product of her times.
In my current novel, I also added a bit of Frankenstein’s Elizabeth, letting her be in danger and having her make a move to further her romance.
I hope you like it.