Friday, April 18, 2014

Guest Post by Lisa Bergren: My Most Darcy-ist Characters in Remnants

When Lisa offered to come by Austenitis and post a Jane Austen-themed post related to her newest book, I instantly agreed. So my dear readers, join me in welcoming Lisa to Austenitis! (but first, read my review of Remnants and you could win a copy! Click HERE.)

MY MOST DARCY-IST CHARACTER IN REMNANTS

By Lisa T. Bergren

For this guest post for Austenitis, I had to think about it for a while, but when I considered Mr. Darcy, and my cast of characters, I decided the closest to him was Raniero (or “Niero”), leader of the Remnants and Knights of the Last Order.

Why do we love Mr. Darcy? By trolling goodreads it looks like it’s because readers think of him as respectful; he honors Lizzie as an equal; he’s unapologetically manly and powerful in a genteel way, in control of his life and those dependent on him; he allows Lizzie to speak her own mind and challenge him with thoughts of her own; he’s loyal to the point of self-sacrifice, trustworthy, dependable; he recognizes faults within himself and sets out to correct them; he’s a no-nonsense guy with some serious self confidence.

All of these things apply to my character, Raniero, too. Now unlike Pride & Prejudice, my Niero isn’t in love with Andriana…we think.  He is guarded about his emotions—so guarded that even Andriana, an empath, can’t read him. But she knows she can count on him, and admires him in many ways. She’s intrigued with him and wants to unravel his secrets. So for those reasons, as well as Darcy-ish character traits, he’s my most Darcy-ist character in my book.

Oh, but he doesn’t own half of the Valley like Darcy owns half of Derbyshire. Or wear fancy clothes. Or have meticulous manners. I didn’t say they’re twins. And Remnants is hardly Pride & Prejudice…they’re like polar opposites on the fiction scale. But some things remain consistent among heroes, regardless of genre.

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What was the last hero in a novel that captured you? Why did you love him?

21 comments:

Jojos Corner said...

Lisa... I totally agree Niero is sooo Mr. Darcy-isk. I love this character <3

Abbi Hart said...

Last hero that captured me? That'd be Blake Hunziker from Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg. He was so funny in the first book but Melissa gave him such depth in this one! He totally captured my heart!

Shondra said...

Last Hero? Probably Four from the Divergent series...Loved him!

Evy Cartyr said...

While I don't know if I consider Mr. Darcy my favorite Jane Austen hero I do like him a lot. And I like other characters with the same characteristics. They always make the stories more interesting.

Lisa Tawn Bergren said...

Thanks for hosting me on the launch tour, sweet friend! It was fun to think about how Austen and REMNANTS intersect!

Lora said...

Probably Marcello from the River of Time series :) A couple weeks ago, I read all the books again and he is still all that to me!

eliza elliott said...

No one had gripped me like Mr. Darcy or Mr Rochester - Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre are my two faves. truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

ashley poteet said...

Love the cover! Book sounds great, can't wait to read!

ashley poteet said...

Last hero that captured me was Alex from Jessica Sorensen Shattered Promises series. He gave up his life to save the love of his life.

Shannon Bereza said...

The last hero that left a mark on me and captured me was Ryder from Kelly Anne Blount's Necoh Saga. I love him because of his strength but also because of his ability to be empathetic to everyone around him and to be the hero willing to do anything to help others.

Daisy Richeson said...

Last hero that really stuck with me? Daemon from The Lux series.

DebraKay Neiman said...

I am stuck on Agent Pendergast from Preston and Child's series of books. On Audio books I just love his southern "honeyed voice" and charm. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Julie said...

I just love Darcy. Always! He is like my ultimate hero :)

Despoina said...

Sir Percy Blakeney, love how controlled yet passionate he is.

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greeneyedsadie said...

The WInner's Curse had a hero that was strong and honorable, but still fighting for what was right. I really liked it!

hwf said...

My favorite it Jane Austen's Mr. Knightly from Emma.

Jenna C said...

Ooh, I never thought of this comparison before. But I think that's really cool!

I loved Augustus Waters from The Fault In Our Stars because he wants to live for something even if one day he might die. He doesn't want to die without making a mark on the world.

Michelle said...

Austin and Bergren - all my favs :)

Erin C. said...

I knew there was a reason I loved Niero. I love me a Darcy-ish guy. Can't wait to see what's in store for the two of them in book 2!

Anna said...

I'm really looking forward to meeting this Niero-guy. ;)