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Dream Date With Mr. Darcy?

Ladies, would you like to go on a date with Mr. Darcy, the romantic lead in Pride and Prejudice? Would you like to invite him to a dinner party? Well, 1,900 women in Great Britain have chosen him as their favourite fictional romantic icon. According to a recent poll conducted by the Orange Prize for Fiction, 1,900 women across the generations voted for Mr Darcy.

Initially, I never thought much of Mr. Darcy while reading the book. At thirteen, I was impressed with Elizabeth Bennet's sauciness in her dealings with him and came to like him because he wound up loving her. I am currently reading Emma and like Mr. Knightley much better than Mr. Darcy.

This article asks,"What message is this Darcy fixation sending to men? On the one hand, women say they want men who are emotionally intelligent, sensitive, flexible, who enjoy sharing equally and are fun to be with. But these same women are swooning over a fictional character who is the epitome of the dominant patriarchal male. No wonder men are confused."

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abolishapathy
Sep. 30th, 2004 10:49 am (UTC)
I must say it's much easier to understand the Darcy attraction when you have Colin Firth as your visual reference.

There's something about the brooding loner--who appears to be an elite jerk but might actually just be very sensitive yet reserved--that gets me every time.

...Then again, that's why I always fall for the brooding loners who appear to be very sensitive yet reserved and wind up just being elite jerks. :P
silverdee
Sep. 30th, 2004 03:49 pm (UTC)
I do like Colin Firth. He may be the whole reason why the women voted as they did. ;-)
surrealkitten
Sep. 30th, 2004 12:45 pm (UTC)
jane austen died a virgin, right?
silverdee
Sep. 30th, 2004 03:53 pm (UTC)
Yes. So while she may have been courted, she never experienced the other side of the marriage equation.
surrealkitten
Sep. 30th, 2004 04:00 pm (UTC)
so there's a reason why i find her writing really juvenile and lame.
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silverdee
Oct. 8th, 2004 11:48 pm (UTC)
I like the icon! And I agree boyish behavior is only tolerable when balanced by a modicum of civility.
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