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Without Reserve: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
Without Reserve: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
by Abigail Reynolds
Edition: Paperback

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better, 12 May 2008
'Without Reserve' is a variation on Pride and Prejudice which explores what might have happened if Elizabeth had accepted another man's proposal before seeing Darcy again after he proposed to her. It is another interesting variation on P&P, well written and often a convincing imitation of Austen's style.

Where the plot falls down, and this for me is a failing of all of Reynolds' P&P variations (with the possible exception of 'Impulse and Initiative'), is the continual resort to sexual content. After a while it becomes irritating that such a talented writer feels the need to embellish every story with graphic adult scenes when in my opinion the stories would stand up well without them- indeed, I believe this story would have been improved without such scenes. After all P&P has stood the test of time without anything like that!

That said, I would still recommend this book and all Reynolds' others- I read them one after another and enjoyed all of them. I just wish she would do herself justice and write one where the chemistry between Darcy and Elizabeth is implied rather than made explicit.
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Impulse & Initiative: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
Impulse & Initiative: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
by Abigail Reynolds
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Variation, 4 April 2008
Impulse and Initiative explores what might have happened in P&P if Darcy had pursued Elizabeth to Hertfordshire after she refused his first proposal. It is an interesting and enjoyable read, and on the whole I found the story believable. Although Reynolds portrays Darcy in a much softer light than the original, this falls in with Austen's conclusion that when they were finally united Elizabeth taught him to cast aside his reserve and join in her teasing. In parts some of the dialogue could easily be Austen's, and the areas where Reynolds works in passages from the original text are skilful.

Where it fails to be a true variation on P&P is the content- much of the book is given over to explicit physical attraction and some sexual relations, which would obviously never appear in an Austen novel. Although I would never have bought the book had I realised before that this would be such a key part of the story, I actually found it acceptable in the context of the book. It does stretch credibility in places- it is hard to imagine Mr. Darcy could have found so many opportunities to be alone with Elizabeth, or that she would allow his advances to such an extent, but the psychology of Mr. Darcy pursuing Elizabeth single-mindedly, of her being attracted to him but then pulling away, of her independence preventing her from committing to an engagement, is realistic when set against the relationship Austen establishes between them. It merely translates their relationship into a setting which would not have been discussed (and probably would not have occurred) in Austen's period.

The book as a whole is very well written. I would say there was too much sexual content, and it is certainly not for purists, but it is a very enjoyable read. On finishing it I immediately ordered the other books in the series.

Latinatone [DVD]
Latinatone [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lilia Kopylova
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Price: £2.36

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 22 Feb. 2008
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I've got both of Lilia's DVDs (who wouldn't want a body like that?!) and this one is even better than the last one. I particularly like the reverse angle option- you can choose whether to watch Lilia and her backing dancers performing the routines, or you can flip it around to copy what she does from behind. As someone who can struggle with dance moves, I particularly like this feature- much easier to imitate what Lilia does and you can easily flip between the two to get the best angle for a given step.

The extras are also really good- a short dance from Lilia and her dance partner Darren Bennett (when are they going to release their own DVD of dances? I'd buy ten copies!), and a few interviews with Lilia talking about costumes and make-up.

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