Recently I wrote that Amanda Price (Jemima Rooper) is likely to refuse Darcy’s (Elliot Cowan) proposal in the ITV mini series Lost in Austen. Was I wrong!
According to the producers’ press release Amanda falls as hard for Darcy as he does for her. She is overjoyed with his proposal, and her doubts about his belonging to one Elizabeth Bennet (Gemma Arterton – the Bond’s girl) are quickly quelled by the man himself, who says that he doesn’t care one bit for our Lizzy. Amanda accepts and her head is full of plans for their happy union when Caroline Bingley tells Darcy to enquire after Amanda’s past. When Darcy learns about her many flings, he breaks the engagement. He can’t marry a non-virgin. Darcy proposes to Caroline Bingley, and Amanda feels bereft.
In the meantime all of the havoc Amanda caused to other characters hits the roof, and Mr. Bennet is deadly wound in a duel with Bingley. Amanda finds her way back to the future and is desperate to find Elizabeth. Darcy, who can’t overcome his feelings for her, follows her and declares his undying love again. Amanda finds Lizzy, who is working as a nanny (the producers say that it means that she fared in the future very well! really!) and is enamoured with internet. While at Amanda’s flat Lizzy shows Darcy all of the P&P sites she had found, but it seems he’s still only after Amanda. When he fights with Amanda’s ex over her, Amanda takes him and Lizzy back to Regency.
And here we are. With Darcy engaged to Caroline, in love with Amanda, and not caring one bit for our Lizzy , while Amanda is as in love with him as ever, and afraid that he might now fall for Lizzy once he had met her. Are we supposed to feel sorry for Amanda? Hmm…
Anyway, I’ve been thinking about possible outcomes to this macabre. Here they are:
1.) Since Amanda and Darcy are in love with each other, and the synopsis shows it’s deep and serious on both sides, Darcy should only prove to her that he’s not going to fall in love with Lizzy just because Austen wrote so, break his engagement to Caro, and we have a happy ending for them.
2.) Lizzy might be infatuated with Darcy (after reading all of the P&P fanfic with a better Darcy than theirs, lol), and Amanda’s boyfriend became all romantic lately, so perhaps Darcy falls in love with Lizzy after all (although he doesn’t seem interested so far so it’s not very convincible) and poor Amanda, with a broken heart, returns to her ex.
3.) Amanda, feeling guilty about all of the mess she’d done, has a one night hot sex with Darcy and sneaks to modern London in the morning. Perhaps her boyfriend follows her to the Regency era to fetch her. Darcy marries Lizzy as a substitute.
4.) They end the episode in an unresolved manner, allowing everyone to imagine whatever they wish.
5.) Amanda wakes up on her sofa, with P&P at hand – it was all a dream!
I guess my problem with the series is that no matter how original the authors think they are, they really are not. There are thousands of fanfics with better premises and plots (some of them sci-fi too) that at least managed to remain true to Austen’s characters, what certainly cannot be said about this series. Moreover, the plot lacks intelligence. The ideas they use are among the most cliché ones in all of the fandom. There is nothing new and fresh about them, they were compromised many times.
I have no idea how they are going to fix the mess they wrought in their tale, but I know that I’m not interested in a Darcy who could fall for Amanda the Mary Sue, and so I don’t care. I just wish that a TV company that have a budget for a four episode long costume TV series might spend it in a better manner. Do they really think that watching Darcy fall for their Amanda is every girl’s dream? Come on!
I would certainly prefer to watch something clever and witty set in the era even if it didn’t have anything to do with Austen. Jane Austen’s fans aren’t as stupid as the producers imagine them to be, are they?Posted by Sylwia