Thursday, September 8, 2016

Lory Lilian's Challenge

Today I welcome to More Agreeably Engaged, author Lory Lilian. It is such a pleasure to have you visit. I do hope you will come back again. Lory Lilian released a new book, The Rainbow Promise, the end of June. The cover is stunning with the multicolor rose. It does go well as a follow up to the rose on Rainy Days. I haven't read the new book but look forward to some time to sit down and enjoy it.

I will now turn it over to Ms. Lilian. Be sure and take note of her generous giveaway at the end of the post. 


Dear Janet, thank you so much for having me at your lovely blog. You know, I just had a shocking revelation: although I follow your site all the time, this is the first time that I am actually “visiting” it. I am very excited to be here.

I thought a lot about the subject of this post and the idea came to me from the very book that is always close to me: Pride and Prejudice. These days, as I am writing a new story, I return again and again to the original (although I almost know it by heart) and an idea just popped into my head: what was it that aroused my hunger for fanfiction 20 years ago? We all know that part of Jane Austen’s genius consisted in saying little and suggesting / implying very much. But what were the moments of the wonderful Pride and Prejudice that left me intrigued and eager to know more, to imagine more? What precisely induced me to surf the internet, to start reading countless stories about my favorite couple, and finally to shyly begin allowing my imagination to create stories of my own?

And this is the question and the challenge I address to your lovely readers: what are your top 3 - 5 moments of Pride and Prejudice that can be “blamed” for leading you toward the JAFF genre?

After a long struggle, I managed to choose five, but of course there are at least twenty more. I avoided the major scenes - the Netherfield ball dance, the first proposal, the visit at Pemberley, the     

1.   Meryton Assembly Ball – the description of Darcy. “Mr. Darcy danced only once with Mrs. Hurst and once with Miss Bingley, declined being introduced to any other lady, and spent the rest of the evening in walking about the room, speaking occasionally to one of his own party. His character was decided. He was the proudest, most disagreeable man in the world, and every body hoped that he would never come there again.” The moment I read it ( thirty years ago lol) I tried to imagine what he really looked like and what was in his mind. That happened long before I saw any movie or miniseries, so I knew only what JA wished to reveal – so very little.

         2.  Chapter 6 – the first steps of Darcy falling in love: “But no sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she had hardly a good feature in her face, than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes. To this discovery succeeded some others equally mortifying. Though he had detected with a critical eye more than one failure of perfect symmetry in her form, he was forced to acknowledge her figure to be light and pleasing; and in spite of his asserting that her manners were not those of the fashionable world, he was caught by their easy playfulness. Of this she was perfectly unaware; -- to her he was only the man who made himself agreeable nowhere, and who had not thought her handsome enough to dance with. He began to wish to know more of her, and as a step towards conversing with her himself, attended to her conversation with others. Poor Darcy, what torment must have been in his mind and in his heart; and it was only the beginning. (and what a perfect starting point for a jaff story, right ?)
          3.   Chapter 10 - Darcy’s invitation to dance a reel – what a sweet and sharp exchange, which showed so much of Elizabeth’s wit and strength.
      4.  Chapter 33 – More than once did Elizabeth, in her ramble within the Park, unexpectedly meet Mr. Darcy. She felt all the perverseness of the mischance that should bring him where no one else was brought, and, to prevent its ever happening again, took care to inform him at first that it was a favourite haunt of hers. How it could occur a second time, therefore, was very odd! Yet it did, and even a third. It seemed like wilful ill-nature, or a voluntary penance, for on these occasions it was not merely a few formal enquiries and an awkward pause and then away, but he actually thought it necessary to turn back and walk with her. He never said a great deal, nor did she give herself the trouble of talking or of listening much; but it struck her in the course of their third rencontre that he was asking some odd unconnected questions - … What a wonderful opportunity for them to better know each other, completely wasted by both. What was he possibly thinking here? What storm of feelings rose inside him?
        5.  Chapter 50 –Elizabeth’s regrets. She began now to comprehend that he was exactly the man who, in disposition and talents, would most suit her. His understanding and temper, though unlike her own, would have answered all her wishes. It was a union that must have been to the advantage of both; by her ease and liveliness, his mind might have been softened, his manners improved; and from his judgment, information, and knowledge of the world, she must have received benefit of greater importance. I absolutely love this small fragment and it is always a source of inspiration for me. I feel it described perfectly ODC and can be anytime developed into a full story – as I know it was, and I am sure it will be again. That’s why I love the JAFF genre so much.

Lory, I love this idea of allowing the readers to ponder about their top 3-5 moments that stole their hearts for Pride & Prejudice. This will be an intriguing discussion, I am certain. I will have to think on this myself and will give my thoughts in the comment section. I have several that come to mind almost immediately. Thank you for challenging us to give this some thought. 
I didn't realize you had never visited my blog before now. Doing the review of your book, His Uncle's Favorite, in July of 2013, is the closest you have been. We will have to remedy that. Please come back for a visit soon. You are always welcome.
Now for the giveaway details. Yes, dear readers, there is a giveaway. Ms. Lilian is very generous too. She is offering two eBooks to two lucky readers. It will be winner's choice of any of her books and the giveaway is international. Thank you so much, Lory Lilian for such a lovely giveaway. The giveaway will end at 11:59 PM on the 14th of September. Good luck to all of you.


  1. 1.) The proposal scene, with the infamous "Last man in the world" vitriol. I am a sucker for a tough girl hopelessly doomed to love a man she thinks she can't stand.

    2.) Darcy's humble attempts to save Lydia from her own foolishness, while refusing to take the credit. I love that he did it purely for Elizabeth's good, not to redeem himself in her eyes, and to me, that is love in its finest form.

    3.) "It has taught me to hope..." *SIGH* I love that he sees her for all of her virtues and flaws, and has determined that none but THIS woman will do. In one moment of rage on his aunt's part, Darcy goes from despair that Elizabeth will never love him to panting hope that maybe she could, and by the time he utters this phrase, he is so stunned with bliss that he can barely express himself. The poor man deserves a kiss, Lizzy!

    Thank you for sharing the love and your talents! Lovely interview, ladies!

    1. Nicole, thanks for mentioning these fabulous moments ! Of course, they are also great favorite of mine! I sooo agree with you about the last moment - he soooo deserves a kiss! (luckily, we see plenty of it in jaff :-) ) Good luck in the giveaway!

  2. Oh fun! I love your challenge, Lory. And those are definitely fantastic moments in the story. I do share one with you when it dawns on Elizabeth that she had scuttled a relationship with a man who was her best match.
    But here are the others:
    1. The early scene of introduction to the Bennets when Mrs. Bennet wants Mr. Bennet to pay a call on the new residents of Netherfield.
    2. When Darcy observes and attempts to interact with Elizabeth at the Lucases.
    3. The Hunsford Proposal scene
    4. Darcy and Elizabeth at the inn at Lambton when she gets Jane's letters and he begins to consider how he can help when he leaves her, but she thinks he's gone for good.

    1. Sophia, thanks for sharing those lovely moments! I just love the letter scene at the inn. Such great inspiration for a jaff story ! (I wonder how many stories are out there that have that starting point :-) ).

  3. I love the whole book but if I had to choose I would pick Elizabeth at Netherfield with Darcy where she thinks he is finding fault????!! Plus the ball of course. Also when she told him about Lydia and thought she would never see him again while he was determined to solve the problem however he could without taking the credit all the time thinking she would blame him for the problem in the first place. Lastly his joy at her positive reply to his second proposal. Great question Lory and a great giveaway. As you know I do have all your books in paperback plus four of them as e-books so that just leaves two - how lucky is that? ��

    1. Glynis, yes, yes- all their interactions at Netherfield are awesome! Then at the inn, and then the second proposal ... soo perfect! I read PnP about 50 times and I still have the feeling that each time I discover new hidden meanings in every small gesture, gaze, word. The genius of JA indeed ...

  4. What a fantastic post! I'd never thought about the specific scenes in P&P that drew me to JAFF, but I'd have to say they are 1) the scene where Elizabeth refuses Collins and her father's comment afterward; 2) the proposal at Hunsford; and 3) Darcy's letter.

  5. I never really thought about it before. I have to say that I prefer Persuasion to P&P, and therefore Persuasion fanfiction. However, I have to agree with Anna, and say how much I always enjoyed when Mr. Bennet refuses to allow Elizabeth to marry Mr. Collins.
    Thanks very much for the giveaway. Would it include "Then Comes Winter" as a choice?

  6. I love P&P but it's hard for me to pick a favorite scene. Maybe the reunion since I love HEA. However, that being said, what I really like is the music from the film scores for the old Greer Garson, the BBC Elizabeth Garvey and the two modern adaptations. The music, always makes the scenes come alive. Thanks for your give away and best wishes with your future tales. Jen Red ♫

  7. I was hooked from the opening line, which continues to be famous as the opener of a book--although, perhaps, not so famous as "It was a dark and stormy night. . .," albeit leading to a story that has given more pleasure, and introduced me to JAFF as a bonus, than any pleasure ready I have read.

  8. I love the opening line as it speaks volumes. The first proposal is always a favorite. It is filled with so much emotion (and misunderstanding) on the part of both Darcy and Lizzy. Then comes 'the letter'! Darcy's need to justify his actions gave just the right revelation to Elizabeth. It made her stop and think, then see the real man, as he truly was! Her discovery of her own prejudices and incorrect judgment of character were quite a revelation to her. Then when Darcy takes to heart the things that she said and makes an attempt to change, thinking he will never see her again, but changing anyway, well, that is a man worthy indeed. I guess, next it would have to be his saving of Lydia and not wanting Lizzy to know about it. The man put himself in bad situations to find them and coerce Wickham to do the right thing. In the process, he got to know the Gardiners much better too! It is an awesome book and hard to pick just a few favorite parts!