Today H&H is joined by author Tess Oliver, who asks the hard-hitting question of why do we love Mr. Darcy so much—and not Mr. Bingley? Tess's latest release, Freefall, is a New Adult romance where the bad boy hero has to rescue his best friend from a bad situation—sound familiar? Thanks for being here, Tess!
Why Mr. Darcy and not Mr. Bingley?
Aside from the obvious, of course— twice the income and the awesome estate of Pemberley. After all, Mr. Bingley was handsome, wealthy, attentive and much more fun at a ball than his arrogant friend, Mr. Darcy. The Regency period was filled with dandified, polite men, but in the midst of fancy clothes and less-than-masculine quadrilles, Jane Austen managed to create a breathtaking bad boy hero—although, admittedly, Darcy has far better manners and far fewer tattoos and piercings than today’s bad boy. Still, he has attitude and we love him for that.
The Bronte sisters had it a bit easier because the Victorian period just lent itself better to dark, brooding characters. Mr. Rochester is mean, gruff and not all that handsome, and yet what reader can resist falling in love with him right along with Jane? Charlotte’s sister, Emily, conjured up the ultimate bad boy character, Heathcliff. And this will probably spark some controversy, but I’ve actually always felt that Bronte sort of crossed the line with him. In my opinion, some of his actions made him somewhat irredeemable as a hero.