There are many things I love about Austenesque literature (watch Why Jane Austen vlog to find out more) from the romance, to my wonderings of how Elizabeth and Darcy will overcome their obstacles in this variation, to my anticipation over Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth finding each other after all of these years, my curiosity in how Caroline Bingley will be portrayed, and even which new characters will appear. I quite enjoy it when authors incorporate original characters into their work. I never know how the new character is going to throw a wrench in things. This unknown helps keeps my interest.
An original character I just love is Colonel Sir John Buford from Jack Caldwell’s The Three Colonels. He is dashing, brave, intelligent, and even somewhat of a reformed rake! Combine all of those things and you get one alluring original character.
Listen to this excerpt from The Three Colonels to get just a small glimpse of Colonel Buford.
Other original characters I love are archangels Michael & Gabriel from Robin Helm’s Guardian Trilogy, Hussein from Compulsively Mr. Darcy by Nina Benneton, All three men (Mr. Basford, Mr. Card, & Mr. Rushton) from Jennifer Becton’s works, and Mr. & Mrs. Joseph from Christmas at Pemberley by Regina Jeffers. And even though these are not variations, they are Austen-inspired: Sam Elliot from According to Jane by Marilyn Brant, and last, but certainly not least… wait for it… Alyssa Goodnight’s infamous kilt-wearing Sean MacInnes from Austentatious!!
I could go on and on, but I want to know, who are some of your favorite original characters from Austenesque novels?