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Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice? Yes There is a ConnectionFebruary 10, 2013
It wouldn’t surprise me if there is a pretty good overlap amongst fans of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and fans of Downton Abbey.
So what’s a Downton Abbey fan to do when one of here favorite characters (Matthew Crawley, played by Dan Stevens)
is killed off? Yes he does do a good job of looking dead. Perhaps he’d make a good zombie as well.
Well it would be a shame to waste all that heart-throbbiness, so what’s an actor and the costume drama industry to do?
Well, there is always the Jane Austen franchise to consider.
Here’s Colin Firth setting hearts a flutter playing the role of Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice in 1995.
Perhaps Pride and Prejudice has been done to death in recent times? But wait, it turns out that other talented authors have sought to carry on where Jane Austen left off. P.D James (below) wrote a sequel to Pride and Prejudice in 2011 (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/27/books/death-comes-to-pemberley-by-p-d-james-review.html), entitled “Death Comes to Pemberley”.
Here’s an excerpt from the New York Times review of the book.
“The story is set in 1803, six years after “Pride and Prejudice” was finished (though it wasn’t published until 1813) and presumably when the marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy took place. They have two young sons now, and the arrival of a third child is shortly to be announced. But their tranquillity is interrupted one wet and windy evening when an unexpected carriage comes rocketing up the drive.
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