You’ve all heard that PD James’ new book is a sequel to ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ beginning with Wickham being brutally murdered?
I am going to read the shit out of it.
Also, PD James is a tremendous writer, and won major props from me for saying, essentially, ‘I’m ninety, and I’m a very respected author, and now I’m going to write the best fan fiction you’ve ever seen, and it’s gonna be rad.’
I took a break from PD James after one too many of her Adam Dalgliesh books regurgitated cut-and-paste character backstory. I guess self-plagiarizing technically harms no one but it’s just kind of lazy and off-putting in fiction. I might use the same strings of background sentences when I’m writing on deadline about yet another round of quarterly bank earnings, but I don’t pretend that’s literature, you know? Or something people read for fun, unlike a series of mysteries about a detective-slash-part-time-poet with a Painful Past.
That said, a PD James murder-mystery fanfiction sequel to Pride and Prejudice sounds pretty awesome.