The Jessica Evans FAQ — 55 Comments

  1. What a delight it is to know that we can read more about you and follow your career in this group. Congratulations! I look forward to your next post.

    • Joy, I’m so excited to be here. It’s a huge honor and I can’t wait to really dive in to all of the fun!

  2. Definitely Colin. There is no other Mr. Darcy. Congratulations on your book. That is on my TBR list. I have 655 variations to get through. I’m going in alphabetical order, and I’ll eventually get to your book. I’ve read 138 since January. Many are novellas and just as you get into the story, it’s over. By the way, I’m in the Ds. You’re coming up soon.

  3. So congratulations! I agree with you about Colin as Mr.Darcy, but as declaratione of love Matthew is absolutely the best!!

    • While I stand by my choice of Colin, you’re making me think I need to revisit the 2005 P&P to see if your assertion is true! 😉

    • He had to go by the script he was given. Andrew Davis has regretted the reaction he scripted for Colin Firth in the disclosure by Elizabeth that her feelings were the total reversal of those from before – he has a slight smile. Whereas Matthew is given that scene in the morning mist and then in the fountain in front of Pemberley – how can we not sigh there?

  4. It’s so nice to get to know you and that you are part of this group. I beg to differ, but I love Matthew as Darcy with Colin as a close second. I am looking forward to more of your posts.

    • Thanks, Deborah! Colin was my first Mr. Darcy, so I don’t know if I’ll ever think differently. Ha ha. I’m looking forward to being a part of Austen Variations!

      • Matthew was my first. Maybe being the first Darcy each of us saw makes each of our opinions biased, but that’s ok as we all love Jane Austen’s works.

        • Ah, so that must explain it. They were our “first loves.” LOL. It’s a wonderful thing to have so many Darcys to choose from.

          • I think Deborah has hit the nail on the head! Colin was my first and it’s hard to find anyone to compare! Welcome, Jessica! It’s so nice to have you here! I look forward to getting to know you better! (And I love that Phantom of the Opera inspired your story!)

  5. I enjoyed your post, Jessica, and look forward to hearing more from you. When I read your description of yourself, I had to laugh, because it sounded a lot like me. 🙂 Yay for plain Cheerios!

  6. Well, it’s nice to meet another self acknowledged Elinor. LOL I see myself as Elinor (for pretty much the same reasons you listed) with a dash of Emma thrown in. I used to match make something awful until it truly became awful for those involved and then I evolved into never doing that again. Welcome to the club! Love your pic, you’re adorable!

    • Haha, that’s amazing! I think, as care-taking Elinor types, it’s easy to want to get involved in people’s love lives. I’ve never attempted it myself and probably never will. Thanks for your compliments about the picture, too!

    • Thanks, Abigail! Your opinion means so much to me as I’m a huge fan of your stories, too. I’m grateful to be here!

  7. How lovely to see you here, Jessica. I was lucky enough to win a copy of The Muse in a giveaway last year and would definitely recommend it to anyone here who hasn’t already read it. I didn’t know a great deal about the world of ballet beforehand, especially the heirachy amongst the members of the company. It certainly made a good parallel to the society of Regency times.

    I’m very much an Elinor at heart as well, witth a few Darcy tendencies when it comes to mixing in company! I’d love to be as sparkling and witty as Elizabeth but it’s never going to happen. Still, I have a husband who’s mainly Bingley, with elements of Wentworth, Knightley and Brandon thrown in for good measure.

    Although he wasn’t my first, Colin has to be my Darcy, too. Laurence Olivier was my first, and before you ask, I’m NOT that old! I saw the 1940 version in around 1966/7. That was my introduction to Jane Austen. Then came David Rintoul in 1980, Colin in 1995 and Matthew in 2005. Ooo, I was forgetting Elliot Cowan in Lost in Austen, Martin Henderson in Bride and Prejudice and Matthew Rhys in Death Comes to Pemberley. So I have seven Darcy notches on my belt now. Colin Firth certainly set the mark very high for anyone to follow. I guess, being in the US, you won’t have seen the new dramatisation of Poldark that’s just started here in the UK. Aidan Turner is playing the lead and I think he could make a good Darcy, too.

    • Anji,

      Thanks for your praise! My, there are a lot of us Elinors out there! It makes me feel better.

      That’s a lot of Darcys! I did like Matthew Rhys as Darcy. Thought that was good casting. But Colin pulled off the hauteur a little better. Thanks for weighing in!

    • Thank you, Marilyn! I always enjoy hearing how Janeites “discovered” Austen, so I’m glad you enjoyed my story, too!

  8. I’m just a devoted reader here on Austen Variations, but I would also like to extend a warm welcome, Jessica! I love ballet-fics, so I would probably adore The Muse; I’ll have to find a copy! 🙂 Although my preference is for Regency FF, I’ve read my fair share of modern ones, so I’m sure that I’d love it. 🙂

    Some day I hope to have time to write JAFF; right now I’m reading, reading, reading and absorbing the culture after four years of writing other FF. 😉

    I look forward to reading your work here, Jessica!! Welcome!!

    Susanne 🙂

    • Susanne, if you already like ballet stories, I think you’d really like The Muse! In it, Darcy is a choreographer and Lizzy is one of his dancers. If you do read it, let me know what you think!

      The JAFF world is a really supportive community that is always grateful for new stories! I was really nervous when I posted The Muse all those years ago, but I only ever encountered generous and supportive readers. I look forward to reading your stories, should that time every come!

  9. Hi Jessica, welcome! I have read The Muse (and re-read it just recently), and really enjoyed it, despite my very cursory knowledge of ballet.You created a really interesting universe for Elizabeth and Darcy. Looking forward to more works from you!

    • Thank you, Shannon! Love that there are so many Elinors. I felt a little sheepish writing that, so it feels great to be in such wonderful company! 🙂

  10. Welcome to Jane Austen Variations, Jessica. It’s great to know you.

    I’m wondering if you have a favourite Jane Austen adaptation. I love most of the adaptations except for a few but I count P&P 1995 BBC mini-series, Emma 2009 BBC mini-series, Northanger Abbey 2007, Persuasion 2007, S&S 1995 and S&S 2008 mini-series as among my favourite adaptations to watch.

    • Great question! My ultimate favorite is the P&P 1995 mini-series. I do like Emma 2009, as well. In a more controversial stance, I actually also love the 1999 Mansfield Park. I get that it’s not a true MP adaptation, but I love what the director was trying to do. It was both funny and romantic and enjoyable.

  11. Anji first recommended The Muse to me. Read it and posted a review on Amazon. Loved it. Don’t know a lot about ballet but still enjoyed this variation. And I don’t usually like modern adaptations as much as the period ones but am reading more and more at the suggestion of others. Looking forward to more of your works. I first discovered Jane Austen in watching the 1995 movie version of P&P and then reading the book. Colin Firth FOREVER.

    Welcome, nice getting to know more about you.

    • So glad that you’ve gotten on the modern bandwagon! Thanks for trying out The Muse! I’m so glad you loved it. 🙂

  12. Congrats and welcome Jessica! I stumbled upon JAFF in my 20’s and my life has been better even since lol. Looking forward to reading your book!

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