Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard: A Tale of Tide & Prejudice

Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard: A Tale of Tide & Prejudice


  • Kindle Edition
  • 213 pages
  • Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard: A Tale of Tide & Prejudice
  • Belinda Roberts
  • English
  • 15 February 2017

10 thoughts on “Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard: A Tale of Tide & Prejudice

  1. Melindam Melindam says:

    Update 20 7 2017Now I have started on my Jane Austen retold summer reading spree, I decided to give this book another chance Review a bit re structured, but opinion unchanged Well, at least it is a short read Original reviewBook originally published as Prawn and Prejudice.Another one bites the bandwagon And here is a crustacean out of water and a story out of its depth. This book is a very bad, modern, mishmash makeover on Pride Prejudice.The P P storyline is moulded into around nauti Update 20 7 2017Now I have started on my Jane Austen retold summer reading spree, I decided to give this book another chance Review a bit re structured, but opinion unchanged Well, at least it is a short read Original reviewBook originally published as Prawn and Prejudice.Another one bites the bandwagon And here is a crustacean out of water and a story out of its depth. This book is a very bad, modern, mishmash makeover on Pride Prejudice.The PP storyline is moulded into around nautical events but they come off totally ludicrous.The characters are literally cardboard cutouts with no depth whatsoever They are from PP, everybody knows what they are like, so obviously no need to bother about such trivialities as characterisation in a book That s so unoriginal and then it would require some actual work, I guess.We learn some crucial facts like Mr Darcy has hair on his chest yikes and Lizzy looks good in bikinis and both Jane and Bingley have skyblue eyes What else is there you need to know about them, seriously Everyone communicates in a style that strongly tries to relate to Austen times and then suddenly they switch to modern phrases like hottest tottie and muchos love which is not so much irritating yesitis as baffling Some characters even the young ones are referred to as Mr Mrs This That while others are called Caz and Lulu umm, OK All the fuss about making young girls get married who are studying for exams feels overexaggerated The Bennet girls seem to have become quintuplets, all of them studying for A levels at the same time Darcy and Bingley are men boys of wealth, but not out of university yet and they are seriously contemplating marriage Darcy sends his explanatory letter as text messages Isn t that just hilarious and original NO Maybe it is just me being prejudiced I admit I am and having no sense of humour whatsoever Can be, but I still don t see the point for any of this


  2. J. W. Garrett J. W. Garrett says:

    What I had such hopes for this book I really wanted it to work I enjoy JAFF and a good retelling, but this was a mess There were three levels of language, JA language, modern language and then this weird slang or buzz words attempting to be cool or hip It was a mishmash of contradictions that was confusing I needed a dictionary to understand half of what was said Things were mentioned that I didn t know what they were or what they meant At least describe what you are talking about Some What I had such hopes for this book I really wanted it to work I enjoy JAFF and a good retelling, but this was a mess There were three levels of language, JA language, modern language and then this weird slang or buzz words attempting to be cool or hip It was a mishmash of contradictions that was confusing I needed a dictionary to understand half of what was said Things were mentioned that I didn t know what they were or what they meant At least describe what you are talking about Some of us are landlocked and don t understand nautical terms And then I couldn t figure out why everyone was always falling in the water I finally speed read the rest of the book because I couldn t stand the stupid asinine behavior and actions of the cast of characters that were supposed to be our beloved Pride and Prejudice


  3. Kim Kim says:

    I m always up for trying a new novel in the Jane Austen fan fiction world Sometimes they re amazing, sometimes not Mr Darcy Goes Overboard unfortunately falls in the latter category If you don t want to read spoilers about the book, then I suggest you stop reading here I will be talking about the book from beginning to end, in order to showcase the craziness that was this book When I first read the back of the book I knew that it was meant to be read by young adults and was meant to make t I m always up for trying a new novel in the Jane Austen fan fiction world Sometimes they re amazing, sometimes not Mr Darcy Goes Overboard unfortunately falls in the latter category If you don t want to read spoilers about the book, then I suggest you stop reading here I will be talking about the book from beginning to end, in order to showcase the craziness that was this book When I first read the back of the book I knew that it was meant to be read by young adults and was meant to make them laugh I do take these things into consideration when reviewing reading YA books Up until now I ve always laughed cried at the right times and really enjoyed the stories I ve read for young adults Unfortunately, the humor that Roberts writes in this book borders on ridiculous Mr Darcy Goes Overboard is a modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice that takes place in the sea resort town of Salcombe The particulars of PP happen relatively similar to the original Jane and Bingley meet and have an instant attraction, Darcy and Elizabeth dislike each other at first, Elizabeth meets becomes attracted to Wickham, Darcy tells Elizabeth how he feels, she is disgusted by him and his pride, and so on and so on There were some differences in this retelling for the obvious reason that it s a contemporary young adult novel My first critique of the novel was with the flow of the writing The book uses Austen s text one minute then flips to contemporary language the next It makes for an extremely choppy reading pattern The characterizations of the characters were really weak as well, with Lydia being the standout example Throughout the entire novel she is selfish and completely boy crazy Nothing new there It s the Wickham debacle and the aftermath that is crazy Wickham brings Lydia to a strip club to work there and make money for them, when they re found by Darcy When Lydia returns home she s ashamed of what she s done, and two pages later, I KID YOU NOT she decides to become a nun and go on missionary trips I literally re read those two pages about ten times, trying to figure out what I was missing There is no way that anyone makes that drastic of a life decision that fast More ridiculous characterizations Lady Catherine calling another woman a hot babe , and a mortifyingly shy Georgiana that hides when people are near Most of Austen s characters are just sadly unrecognizable Like I said earlier, I understand that this was supposed to be a comedic approach to PP, but I got lost in how nonsensical some of the scenes were Darcy s second proposal is probably the craziest thing I ve ever read Here is a brief rundown Darcy and Elizabeth are walking, when Darcy suddenly falls off a cliff I must pause here and tell you that people are ALWAYS falling off cliffs in this book Ok back to the proposal scene Darcy tries to yell up to Elizabeth and ask her if she loves him Due to a crazy wind storm they can t hear what the other is saying Darcy just so happens to have a copy of Pride and Prejudice in his back pocket, which he whips out and writes a note to Elizabeth on He ties it to a rock and throws it over the top of the cliff, unwillingly knocking Elizabeth out He proceeds to wait for a response by reading PP while hanging off the side of a cliff Elizabeth comes to, reads his note, and throws two rocks over the edge of the note Darcy s note said if you love me throw two rocks off the cliff, and if you don t love me throw one Since he was engrossed in the book, he doesn t see how many rocks come over the cliff and writes Elizabeth another note She then proceeds to throw two BOULDERS over the edge of the cliff Sound ridiculous It was I m so disappointed that the publisher, Sourcebooks, actually published this They publish so many amazing Austen fan fiction novels that when I see their logo on a book I automatically pick it up I respect them as publishers so much that I don t need to know the author or anything about the novel I trust their judgement This book has put a little bit of a crack in that relationship that will hopefully heal upon finding a new amazing Sourcebook novel.So here we are at the end of my review I don t normally tell people not to read a book I like to let them make their own opinion as everyone s tastes are different Unfortunately, I have to go against my own policy and HIGHLY suggest that you steer clear of this novel You will regret the time you wasted reading this trite, weakly written book.Kimberly Reflections of a Book Addict


  4. Alison Alison says:

    Very cute I hope the author writes somemodern versions of Austen novels Maybe Emma


  5. Josephina Josephina says:

    What the hell did I just read Okay, look I ll be honest When it comes to retellings of P P, I try to be pretty generous I ve probably read 6 7 in the past couple of weeks ALONE, and I will overlook any NUMBER of sins to enjoy a story about two of my favorite fictional characters.But this Let me tell you THIS.I brazened my way through some really odd language choices There is a mixture of hip slang that snot the way anyone has ever talked ever, actual normal sentence structure, an What the hell did I just read Okay, look I ll be honest When it comes to retellings of PP, I try to be pretty generous I ve probably read 6 7 in the past couple of weeks ALONE, and I will overlook any NUMBER of sins to enjoy a story about two of my favorite fictional characters.But this Let me tell you THIS.I brazened my way through some really odd language choices There is a mixture of hip slang that snot the way anyone has ever talked ever, actual normal sentence structure, and Austen era language So it goes from Soz Mr Bonnet Not a typo AlsoMy god is Charles stupid in this So Very Dumb to I am all astonishment When are we to wish you joy If you can get through that without your brain going from fifth to reverse without use of a clutch, you get modernized moments of such incredible stupidity Lizzie snorkels to be with Jane when she has a broken jaw leg etc which seem to heal quickly SNORKELS Then Bingley has to send for clothes because she can t just wear a wetsuit all the time a consideration which apparently didn t occur to her Was she planning on sitting by the sick bed holding her snorkel in one hand and Jane s hand in the other But this allows Caroline Cazza and her sister to mock Lizzie for her blue skin from the cold and her untidy hair from the wetsuit At which point, Darcy remarks, Even through her mask, I could see her eyes were brightened by the exercise Oh my god.I know this book is supposed to be funny, but it really isn t even that Unless you consider characters falling off of things and onto things and into things funny In which case, this book is HILARIOUS because it happens ALL THE TIME Not a single one of them knows how to stay vertical forthan ten minutes at a time, I swear.With increasingly gritted teeth my dentist will not appreciate my endeavor with this book anythan I did , I forced my way to the end The book is, mercifully, fairly short Surely, the payoff will be worth all the tortures I endured to get there, right SURELY It is a classic love story and SURELY that payoff will make it all worthwhile.Well, let me tell you I would call this spoilers but let s call it what it REALLY is, shall we Here s your fair warning.After Lady Catherine de Brrr not a typo her actual stupid ass name decamps by attaching her belt to a rope and being hoisted into a flying helicopter mid rant I am not making that up , Darcy and Lizzie try to come to a meeting of the minds, but he falls off a cliff I am not making that up, either and they decide they simply MUST continue to communicate on whether she wants to date him again while in this tenuous position So he keeps yelling up to her, she apparently is unable to rephrase a single damn sentence to give him a simple answer So he pulls a copy OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICE OUT OF HIS POCKET AND USES IT TO SEND HER A STUPID NOTE TO GET HER ANSWER I didn t make that up either He BEANS HER IN THE HEAD with the rock he ties it around not made up , KNOCKING HER ASS FLAT OUT or that And then, to kill time until she regains consciousness still not making this up , he READS PP and remarks how amazing it is it can still be applied to modern situations, but he doesn t notice a remarkable similarity in, you know, character names None of that was made up None In fact, I m probably leaving out some of the stupid If you read all of that and thought this sounds like a fun frolic then this book is definitely for you and I wish you joy of it.If you read all of that and thought dear god, why then do yourself a favor and read a different modernization of PP There are at least dozens of them.As for me, I m still trying to figure out what the hell I just read, let alone why or how I managed to get all the way through it without knocking myself unconscious from banging my head against the wall


  6. Constance Constance says:

    This is a really funny, witty read Love the way it follows the Jane Austen story but in modern times Fast moving and some real laugh out loud moments the perfect read for anyone who loves Pride and Prejudice and has a sense of humour


  7. Don Gubler Don Gubler says:

    Don t read this if you like Pride and Prejudice.


  8. Harriet Morgan Harriet Morgan says:

    What a fantastic book As a passionate fan of Pride and Prejudice, I am usually furious at the how badly Jane s wonderful world of Bennets and Darcys is treated by modern authors HOWEVER, this book stands out as a real exception In a blissful English seaside setting, this modern world of Austen s classic is written with intelligence, insight and, most importantly of all, wit Belinda Roberts clearly appreciates the brilliance of Austen This is no feeble follow on but a wonderfully entertainin What a fantastic book As a passionate fan of Pride and Prejudice, I am usually furious at the how badly Jane s wonderful world of Bennets and Darcys is treated by modern authors HOWEVER, this book stands out as a real exception In a blissful English seaside setting, this modern world of Austen s classic is written with intelligence, insight and, most importantly of all, wit Belinda Roberts clearly appreciates the brilliance of Austen This is no feeble follow on but a wonderfully entertaining version that will charm any Austen fan who has a good sense of humour If you are going to buy any Pride and Prejudice related novels, this is the one Thank you Belinda for providing such a fresh, exciting interpretation of Austen s classic


  9. Sophie Sophie says:

    I loved this very funny, intelligent and witty Highly recommended to all Jane Austen fans.


  10. Mel Mel says:

    A very hit or miss Pride and Prejudice It s a very odd mix of phrases and sentences lifted verbatim from the original, and very bland prose Not worth it in my opinion.


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