Monday, April 11, 2011

Spin-offs of Pride and Prejudice?

Does anyone else think it's interesting that books continuing the story of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, or even their 'daughters' do so well?

The success of Pride and Prejudice has not been lost on contemporary novelists. Practically an entire section of any given bookstore is devoted to spin-off novels based on, or inspired by, P&P (www.divinecaroline.com)
I haven't read any of these books, but I've seen many of them on the shelves at bookstores. I've seen this with books about Robin Hood--the Trilogy Hood, Scarlet, and Tuck by Stephen R. Lawhead. However, I understand these because Robin Hood is like King Arthur--there are already various legends about them, a few more aren't going to hurt. What I don't understand exactly, are the many spin-offs of Pride and Prejudice.

I'm not dissing them, I haven't read them, I'm sure they're super romantic and what-not...however, what separates them from Fanfiction? And what genre do they fall under? Is it like...historical fiction? I feel, almost, as if it's hypocrisy for the industry to claim they want something unique when the industry is set up for trends and things that already have a fan base. ahahaha. 

Here's a website of a list of Pride and Prejudice spin-offs.

8 comments:

  1. Hmm...good question. It sure sounds like fan fiction to me.

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  2. I think the main difference between these pieces of fiction and fanfiction is that the authors "know how to write" and are willing to do the extra effort to get it published.

    As for why they're doing so well, it could probably be the same reason some fanfiction is so popular. It's easy and interesting to take adored, already well-established characters (which takes some of the effort off the "fanfiction author") and put them in another situation that we haven't seen them before, or would like to see them in.

    Personally, I think it's kind of lazy, but it's a sure fire way to break into the industry and get noticed.

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  3. Lisa--Thank you so very much!!

    I almost feel like it's stealing...and not creative, really. Cause you've already got the world, and the characters, their personalities...you just move them a little forward in time, but you're right--it is a definite way to break into the industry. :/

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  4. That's the reason why I'm not very fond of people taking fanfiction seriously, haha.

    Another reason why it's so easy is 'cause the original authors are dead and can't sue them for stealing their work and making money off it, and it now belongs to the public domain. Sigh.

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