Mr. Rochester and Mr. Darcy

February 25, 2011 at 3:44 PM | Posted in Books, Movies | 2 Comments
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Imagine my excitement when I found out that there is an upcoming Hollywood movie based on one of my favorite classic novels, Jane Eyre. I love, love Jane Eyre! It’s one of those books that has a personal impact in my life. Aside from Jane herself, Mr. Rochester is one of the most endearing characters in the book. He and Mr. Darcy (from Pride and Prejudice) are two of my favorite male characters in classic literature. And I think both of them are alike in some ways – aloof, wealthy, but who nevertheless fall for the strong-willed yet financially-challenged girl. But it’s not the cliche love story that I love the most about Jane Eyre. It’s the fact that the story has that air of mystery and intrigue in it. This was what initially attracted me to the book. Mr. Darcy is like that as well – mysterious and intriguing but eventually he’d win you over.

Matthew Macfayden as Mr. Darcy

How Embarrassing for Penguin Books

July 20, 2007 at 2:06 PM | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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You would think that a big publishing company that publishes classic novels would instantly spot a plagiarized work of one of the world’s best known English authors. But apparently, this was not the case.

Penguin Books and several other publishers failed to recognize that the manuscript recently submitted to them by a certain David Lassman contained Jane Austen’s most famous line in her classic novel, Pride and Prejudice: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

The Guardian newspaper reported that Lassman, who is the chief of the Bath-based
Jane Austen Festival, intentionally submitted the manuscript to check if the famous author could have landed a book deal nowadays. The said manuscript contained thinly disguised portions of Jane Austen’s three famous works including the famous line from Pride and Prejudice (Read the full story here.).

How could the major publishing houses missed this? The editors who reviewed the manuscript must have been so embarrassed by this error. It is laughable indeed! Austen’s most famous line was blatantly plagiarized and they didn’t even notice it! And I’m amazed that even J.K. Rowling’s literary agents were not able to recognize the plagiarized work!

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