Dear Austen Crush…

Dear Mr Darcy,

I’ve been in love with you since I was twelve years old. But as much as I love you, I know I wouldn’t want to meet you in real life. Or rather, I wouldn’t want to date you in real life (I suspect we would be excellent friends though). Because here’s the thing: as much as I wish I was Elizabeth Bennet, the truth is that I’m actually you. We’re both shy and reserved around new people with a tendency to feel awkward in large crowds. Neither of us perform to strangers. And while I’m not arrogant like you were to start, I have a feeling that sometimes people think I am when I first meet them. But I can accept all of that about you because I understand you, and love you.

But what I’ve come to realise over the last twelve years is that I don’t need another me in my life. We wouldn’t work out together. I need to find my own Elizabeth, like you found yours.



P.S. But you know, I would love to see Pemberley and that amazing library of yours that I keep hearing about. So if you and Mrs Darcy ever want to invite me over…


Dear Captain Wentworth,

Oh Captain, my Captain. My love affair with you may be newer but it doesn’t make it any less powerful. I spend half my time wanting to ravish you. The rest of the time I just want to give you a big hug and comfort you because you’re just a big ball of hurt. Of course, I also spend a lot of time wanting to just whack you round the head for the way you treat Anne. The polite, indifferent silent treatment isn’t very nice you know.

But you do redeem yourself, my gorgeous, hunky Captain. That letter? Swoon-worthy. Forget Anne Elliot, you leave me in half agony, half hope. You pierce my soul. I would be willing to board your ship any day, if you know what I mean.




Dear Mr Tilney,

My dear, lovable Henry. Out of all of Miss Austen’s heroes you are the one I would want to meet in real life. You’re sweet, and kind, and down-to-earth. But more than just those things, you’re also witty and funny and just a bit sarcastic. And I do love man that can wield sarcasm well. And you’re clever! Smart is the new sexy, Mr Tilney. I like that you can get jealous even if you try to hide it and laugh it off as nothing.

I get that Catherine is adorable, I do. But you know, she’s not the only girl around who is addicted to novels with a vivid imagination. I’m just saying. So you know, the next time I come to Bath I expect you to be there ready to sweep me off my feet, and carry me away to Northanger Abbey. Or even just to Woodstone.



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