September 6, 2011

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star by Heather Lynn Rigaud: Review

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With a title like Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star, one would think this book is going to be a fun romp with lots of good times. Hold that thought.

Slurry, headed by Fitzwilliam Darcy, is looking for an opening act to replace the numerous bands that have left them during their US tour. In a small town bar, they find Long Borne Suffering, an all female band consisting of  2 sisters and their friend. Guitarist Elizabeth Bennet has ambition; she wants Long Borne Suffering to hit the big time and becoming Slurry's opening act looks like the ticket. When Lizzie overhears on offhand comment from Darcy, she wonders if it is the right decision to join the tour. Have they made a huge mistake?

Just to be clear, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star by Heather Lynn Rigaud is Pride and Prejudice only with rock bands. Got it? Okay. I really wanted to love this book. I had been looking forward to reading it but ended up disappointed. Anyone who has read Pride and Prejudice knows that it's actually quite funny. So, I was expecting this book, especially considering the premise (Darcy as a rock star? Come on that is a funny picture), to be funny as well. Instead, I found that the author missed so many opportunities for fun times. The Bennets, that ridiculous family, are barely in it. Imagine the possibilities there. Austen's Lizzie has a smart alecky comment for everyone she meets and she has a self-deprecating sense of humour. This Lizzie takes herself very seriously. She's an artist, damn it.

Some of the topics are heavy, heavy, heavy: pedophilia, sex addiction. It was a bit much for me. I'm not an Austen purist. I've read plenty of sequels and even vampire rewrites, so it's not as if I want authors to stick with the original story. Rock and Roll Austen? Bring it but I was expecting Rock and Roll Fantasy not Rock and Roll Duty. It needed more cowbell for it to work for me.

The copy I read is an Advance Reader's Copy and at 566 pages, it's long for a romance. Goodreads has it at 432 pages. I suspect an edit helped tighten the story up quite a bit. The plot often veers away from the main romance and focuses on the romances of Jane and Charlotte.

If you're interested in another retelling of Pride and Prejudice with raunch and tight leather pants, then give this one a try. You may like it. Lots of other people did.

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15 comments :

  1. The title really really made me want to read it too. Same for the premise. I doubt I would pass up the chance if I came across this book (unfortunately, it seems to be published in US&Can only at the moment). I am sorry to hear you disliked it though. Like you, I am no Austen purist, but I can see how the points you bring up can turn this into a disappointing read.

    I am actually about to start "Jane" by April Lindner soon, in which Rochester is a rock star. I do hope it won't be as disappointing as this was for you.

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  2. Iris- I know, it made me sad that I wasn't loving it. I heard good things about Jane. Jane Eyre has such a different feel to it than P&P so the brooding rock star might work well.

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  3. I thought this sounded so cute, so I'm bummed to see it missed the mark.

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  4. I, too, love the premise, but am going to take your word for the execution. Pedophilia? In P&P? Too many good books to read!

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  5. I am sad that this one didn't turn out better. You are right-great title and cute cover. I hate when that is the best part of the book. Better luck next read :)

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  6. "She's an artist, damn it."

    YES. A bit much angst for my Austen. :) I had been hoping for more wit and humor in this too.

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  7. That's too bad. I do still want to read this one just because the premise sounds so cute, but now my expectations are a little lower... not that they were very high to begin with, mind, but one does at least expect it to be funny.

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  8. I think I can safely skip this one. I'm not an Austen purist either and have read, and enjoyed, a few knock-offs but this doesn't appeal at all.

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  9. I still can't believe some wrote a book of this nature... I have seen a couple other reviews, so I am coming around to the idea, but the first one surprised me!

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  10. I saw the cover, and then the band name, and at first glance I thought it said Slutty.

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  11. I've been really looking forward to this book, and I'll be reading it soon. Hopefully I'll enjoy it more than you did, but I'm hoping for it to be humorous as well. Bummer.

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  12. Bummer that it wasn't better. From the cover it looks like a YA novel. I would never have guessed that it wasn't or that it was filled with such adult themes.

    Maybe better luck next time. Thanks for the honest review.

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  13. Kathy- For me, at least.

    Col- It was a bit much.

    Jennifer- I loved the cover!

    Court- With so many positive reviews, I thought I was one of the few who didn't care for it.

    Tasha- I hope you enjoy it.

    Amy- It's tough to rewrite a classic, for sure, but this wasn't for me.

    Kelly- There is a huge market for them!

    Jill- I thought that a few times too!

    Anna- I really hope you like it.

    Lena- Oh it's quite adult! Very adult.

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  14. Oh, I am so glad to have read your review. And to discover I am not the only one out there that felt it missed the mark. This book has quite a fan following and is getting rave reviews on Amazon-- so I actually Googled to see to see what other reviewers elsewhere were saying and to see if I am the only detracter. Thank you for your no nonsense review. I review a lot of Austenesque books, but I occasionally branch out to other genres. I'll be back for sure to see what else you are reading.

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  15. Christina- It can be lonely being the only one that didn't like a book everyone else seems to. I'm glad you found your way here!

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