Mix-n-Matchmaking by Marilyn Brant
First and foremost, I want to say thanks to YOU for making my first White Soup Press book, Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match, an Amazon top 100 bestselling title in both Single Women’s Fiction and in Humor! I’ve heard from readers who’ve told me they picked it up just for the contemporary romance, but I know it’s truly my fellow Austen fans from around the world that have made it my fastest-selling ebook thus far. I can’t express to you all how much that’s meant to me…thank you.
For those of you who have read it or are reading it now, it was also chosen as the Nook Feature for February at the Barnes & Noble General Fiction Book Club! The direct link to discussion is here, and it’s open to everyone all month long. We’re not talking just about the book, by the way. We’ve chatted about other favorite classic novels and, of course, all of those great Austen films…
In my novel, the matchmaking method that’s used to connect my main characters — Beth Ann Bennet and Dr. William Darcy – is the fictional ”Lady Catherine’s Love Match Website.” Well, I’d like to have some fun today and give us ALL the chance to play matchmakers by uniting some other potential lovers! Which romantic pairings do you think would be especially delightful, if we were to mix-n-match heroes and heroines from across the Austen novels? Any character (primary or secondary) from any of Jane’s original books is fair game — although I’ve listed 60 ladies and gents in the character database below to get us started. Just imagine their names are being entered into an online matchmaking website under “AustenMatch.com,” LOL. I wonder what the “love match” results will be…
Who would you enjoy seeing as players in a special love-match connection?! Did you make your selection based on the humor that such a match might create? (I’m thinking Augusta Elton from Emma and William Collins from P&P here…*giggle*) The true romantic potential of such a love connection? Some other reason? I’d love to know.
LADY CATHERINE’S LOVE MATCH DATABASE:
Ladies: Elizabeth Bennet, Anne Elliot, Marianne Dashwood, Lucy Steele, Elinor Dashwood, Fanny Price, Eleanor Tilney, Lady Russell, Elizabeth Elliot, Louisa Musgrove, Mrs. Clay, Emma Woodhouse, Mary Crawford, Mrs. Norris, Charlotte Lucas, Jane Bennet, Lydia Bennet, Mary Bennet, Kitty Bennet, Georgiana Darcy, Caroline Bingley, Jane Fairfax, Maria Bertram, Harriet Smith, Augusta Elton, Lady Catherine, Anne de Bourgh, Isabella Thorpe, Catherine Morland, Miss Bates, ______(a different heroine??)
Gentlemen: Fitzwilliam Darcy, John Willoughby, George Wickham, Col. Brandon, John Dashwood, Col. Fitzwilliam, Edward Ferrars, Captain Wentworth, Robert Ferrars, Sir Walter Elliot, Captain Benwick, William Elliot, Henry Crawford, Tom Bertram, Edmund Bertram, William Collins, Charles Bingley, George Knightley, Philip Elton, Frank Churchill, Mr. Denny, James Morland, General Tilney, John Thorpe, Henry Tilney, Charles Musgrove, Admiral Croft, Col. Forster, Mr. Rushworth, John Yates, ______(a different hero??)