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."