Comments: I'm not even that into zombies and ninjas, and I liked it. And you kids these days seem mighty fond of them. Just don't try reading it instead of the original for English class. Also, it's one of the rare examples of a Revenge Fic done right - all those characters who pissed you the hell off in the original, or just sort of frustrated you? Yeah.
Comments: Like the above, this is a series of published Fan Sequel novels. What distinguishes this series from so many others is not only that Aidan's a good writer who's clearly done actual research into the period beyond reading other Jane Austen novels, but also that she understands something fundamental about Mr. Darcy that many other writers don't; revelations about his character in the original aside, he's still supposed to be a bit of a jerk initially, and that his Character Development in the original is meaningless if he doesn't have something to develop from. As such, we get a version of Mr. Darcy who is recognisable and sympathetic, but also flawed and human, not an overly idealised cipher, and his life and world is fleshed out very effectively. The first and third books are closely linked to the original but the second is entirely divorced from it, putting Darcy in an unfamiliar context; It's still quite interesting, and even though she doesn't often appear Elizabeth Bennet is a constant background presence throughout the trilogy that ties this Darcy to the original.
Synopsis: As the title implies, it's the story of Pride and Prejudice told through entries in Mr. Darcy's personal journal. It begins shortly before Georgiana's aborted elopement with Wickham, and ends about six months or so following Darcy's marriage to Elizabeth. Darcy is presented as very human, proud, and somewhat disagreeable, but the presentation makes it almost understandable that he acts the way he does.
Comments: This is my favorite kind of fan fiction — the kind that "spackles plot holes," as I like to call it, by presenting another character's point of view to show us what we couldn't see in the original work. We follow Darcy around as he slowly grows enraptured by Elizabeth, see his feelings when she rejects his proposal, watch him grow to understand how justified her remarks were, and become penitent and hopeful of a second chance. The writing style is close enough to the original to feel authentic, and the characterizations are precise.
"Pemberley Ranch" by Jack Caldwell (AU taking place during the Civil War era)
Synopsis: This is the story of Pride and Prejudice, taking place during the era mentioned above. Changes a few things such as instead of a letter, a drunk Darcy tells Elizabeth about Whitehead (Wickham) and Lily (Lydia) getting kidnapped by Whitehead and his men instead of eloping with him in the original story.
Comments: Quite the read and enough to suck anyone in. I felt like I was there during the important events of the story, the Fourth of July party where Darcy reveals his feelings to Elizabeth, the disappearance of Lily, and the moment everyone finds out that Whitehead is actually a crook.
One Thread Pulled by Diana J Oakes (Artemis Acorn on ff.net)
Synopsis: What would have happened if Lizzie did not hear the insult "She is tolerable I suppose, but not handsome enough to tempt me" at the Assembly Ball? How does Elizabeth behave when her own pride was not mortified? This AU version explores the possibilities.
Comments: Now published by Amazon and removed from fanfiction.net. The author has a great style of writing and builds up tensions slowly and effectively. There are a couple of parts which I don't think are period appropriate, but they are rare and don't detract from the story. It is told from both Lizzie and Darcy's point of view, which adds to the tension since we can see what's going on from both sides when the characters do not. There is currently a sequel in the works on ff.net.
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.Jane Austen And Werewolves by Has Every Pen Name Been Taken
Synopsis: Jane Austen characters are playing a roleplay game. In particular, they are playing mafia (a murder mystery party game).
Comments: The premise is original. The beginning is complicated if you don't know the game, but gets clearer as the story progresses. There are characters from all Jane Austen's novels, but Pride and Prejudice is the principal one (or that's what the author seems to think) and that's why I recommended it here. The story is notably funny. Overall it's worth reading. Not much romance, though.
Synopsis: In the wake of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy's marriage, Lady Catherine decides to take Anne to Bath in order to catch a husband. In the process, Anne meets several originalcharacters who help her grow as they become her friends and enemies. The realistic character development Anne undergoes as she gets strong enough to oppose her mother is very well done. Though there is a large amount of original characters, who the majority of the canon characters take a backseat to, those newbies are so well drawn out, they feel like they belong in the P&P world.
Synopsis: Digressing from P&P at the proposal in Kent, this story begins two years after tragedy befalls both Lydia and Jane. It follows the newlywed Elizabeth, Kitty, Georgiana, Bingley, and the still-unmarried Mr. Darcy towards an emotional resolve from their many losses. The story that broke the Lizzy/Bingley barrier and offended most everyone! Well written, surprisingly free of angst, and incredibly well thought out AU. Also worth checking out is the author's hilarious April Fool's alternate end to this alternate universe fic: here.
Synopsis: Written in epistolary form, the story is set in an AU where Lizzie and Darcy are forced into an early marriage. Very well written, in keeping with the characters' personalities and development. Now completed.
Synopsis: On her first anniversary, Mrs. Elizabeth Darcy goes for a walk in the garden, but on returning to Pemberley, she finds things are not as they were when she left. A well-crafted and deftly-written story that has both a riveting plot and poignant storytelling.
Pairing(s): Elizabeth/Darcy in every universe, seemingly, Georgiana/Wickham