The following is a conversation I had with my family not long ago as we were driving back home from a family dinner. I was telling them about an upcoming Jane Austen event and we got to discussing the many JAFF variations that are out there. None of my family members are Jane Austen fans, although they certainly appreciate the wonderful experiences that JAFF has added to our lives!
Hubby: Could you ever write something about Pride and Prejudice and wolverines?
Me: Already been done.
Hubby: What about vampires?
Me: Yep, that too.
Hubby: The supernatural?
Me: There’s an entire series called The Witches of Longbourn
At this point my sixteen year old son, in the back seat, groaned audibly.
Daughter: Hey, mom, what about Darcy and Elizabeth time traveling?
Me: I’ve seen that before.
Daughter: Darcy and Elizabeth in the old west?
Daughter: Darcy and Elizabeth in Nazi Germany!
Me: Well, I haven’t actually seen a JAFF set there, but I have seen Pride and Prejudice set in 1940’s America.
Son: (groaning even louder than before) I question your mental sanity!
Daughter: What about Darcy and Elizabeth in outer space?
Me: I haven’t actually seen one of those, but I did come up with a silly idea for a Darcy and Elizabeth story like that called, “Heavenly Bodies.”
Son: Mom, you did NOT just say that!!!!
Daughter (who loves all things Asian and oriental): Why not have Darcy and Elizabeth go to Japan?
Me: Well, in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Elizabeth and her sisters trained at the Shaolin temple in China, while Darcy got his training in Japan. So that’s been done too.
Son: (Still hung up on Heavenly Bodies.) That’s the corniest title ever!!!!!
Me: I’ve seen Pride and Prejudice stories set in the old west, on deserted islands, and in modern times. I’ve seen people from Pride and Prejudice transported into our times, and people from our times transported into their time.
Son: I’m not sure I can handle any of this.
Daughter: What about a Pride and Prejudice murder mystery?
Me: It’s been done. In fact there’s an entire series on it.
Son: You all need help!
Me: I’ve also seen stories where characters from totally different Jane Austen novels get thrown together into one setting. It’s a lot of fun!
Son: (Holds head and moans quietly)
Yes, it’s a wide, wide, wide, wide world of Jane Austen fan fiction out there! There’s definitely a story for everyone, no matter what their interest or taste. My son may think that we hard core Jane Austen fans need help, but that’s just because he hasn’t become a Jane Austen fan himself . . . . yet. 🙂
I’ll end this post with a plot bunny proposed by a good friend of mine. Feel free to run with it:
Darcy and Elizabeth, accidentally traveling from England to America together (after the first proposal, of course), are kidnapped from their ship by the dread pirate Wickham, who forces them into slavery. Darcy escapes and creates his own band of pirates to rescue Elizabeth, then travels the high seas to punish those who ruined their lives. Meanwhile, aliens.