That said, I am not a Darcy freak. I don't sigh my life away over him. Or as Amanda Price, main character of Lost in Austen puts it, "I do not sit at home with the pause button on Colin Firth in clingy pants, okay?" (Mr. Knightley on the other hand... just kidding. Sort of.) I am not one of these much-novelized girls - Austenland, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict - who read Austen every night and wish they could be magically transported back into Regency England. I hold no allusions. (Though, I do think - if I were magically transported - I would do a lot better job of fitting in than old Amanda or the novel girls do. Really, for alleged Austen fans they do the most painfully ridiculous things sometimes. Amanda especially.)
Great lines popped up all over the place and there were a couple of truly hilarious Austen fan jokes. ("I'm having a rather strange post-modern moment here." "But even Colin Firth isn't Colin Firth. They had to change the shape of his head with make-up.")
lizzie with her chopped-off hair, in modern London.
I don't want to give the whole plot away, but I must say - in the end, my friend and I kept shouting to Amanda, "No! Marry Wickham!" How could two devout Austen lovers shout such a thing? You'll just have find out yourself. I'm trying to give up emoticons (what a word), but if I hadn't banned them, I would put one at the end of that last sentence.
SPOILER - Although, really, how surprising is this - Amanda, the modern girl, ends up with Darcy. My friend and I both agreed that this was done to delight the hearts of the Austen mad - the sort who do pause the screen on Colin Firth. A completely unsubtle ploy, in my opinion. Like - See, if you were sent into Pride and Prejudice Darcy would fall in love with YOU! Sigh sigh!
I though, frankly, that it was a cheap ending. Wickham is so fantastic - why can't Amanda marry him? Ugh.
Perhaps the hat turned her off.
Oh well. (wishing for emoticons again. Oh well.)