Please give a warm welcome to Author Enid Wilson. I'll let her take over and share her thoughts with you.
Thank you, Sheri, lovely shopkeeper at Writers' Ally and dear followers. I’m delighted to stop by and talk about my latest novel, Every Savage Can Reproduce, Pride and Prejudice-inspired Science Fiction. Since we have a few ladies around, I think it’s good for me to talk about female villains.
I can hear you protest, “But we are all very nice and kind.” I know. I know. Unfortunately I’ve met a few evil women, not in real life, but in my creative world. Here is an excerpt from the novel:
“So you had nothing to do with my disappearance to Hartfield?” Sir Lewis asked.
Hatred radiated from the Queen Catherine de Bourgh’s eyes. “I would have done it myself, if I wasn't such a stickler to a sense of proprietary. I had nothing to do with your disappearance.”
“I don’t believe you.”
“I don’t care whether you believe me or not. You’re just a pathetic man, living in the past with the image of my oh so lovely sister Anne.”
“Stop bad-mouthing my sweetie!” Sir Lewis insisted, raising his voice.
“Why should I? Your sweetie was the poison in our relationship. We had three in that marriage.”
“You are the man-eater. You destroyed our marriage with your countless affairs, very early on. I tried to love, honour and respect you, at the very beginning. But how can I give my heart to someone who sleeps with any willing man who crosses her path? When I saw how happy Anne and George Darcy were, how could I not feel miserable over my own stupidity?”
“You only married me because you couldn’t have my sister. Despite all of your power in the Planet as the Director of the Genesis Department, Special Envoy to the Galaxy United Commission, the noblest heritage on Earth, with thousands years of history behind you, you couldn’t compete with George Darcy, a mere farmer!”
Sir Lewis gripped the arms of the chair, almost cracking them. But he breathed deeply, in and out, before he spoke again. “And why did you marry me, if you thought I was such a feeble person?”
“You truly want to know? Well, why not. I didn’t want my sister to have all the money and power in the world. She always got more attention from my parents, as a child, because she had this tiny bit of asthma. I’m convinced that it wasn't serious at all. It was just her tactic for keeping me away from my parents. And when she grew older and healthier, she attracted all the boys because she looked so vulnerable. Men are all stupid. They were duped by her, and they fell at her feet. Why couldn’t they appreciate a strong woman like me? One with goals and drive? I couldn’t allow her to marry, prosper and gloat for long. And I rejoiced in her early death.”
In the original Pride and Prejudice, readers don’t know about the nature of the relationship between Mr. Darcy’s mother and his aunt Lady Catherine de Bourgh. We only know that Lady Catherine wanted to get Darcy to marry her sickly daughter and tried to intimidate Elizabeth Bennet. In this variation of the classic, I’ve painted Lady Catherine with a twisted mind, full of hatred for her sister and ruled Planet Earth with iron fists.
Who is your “favourite” female villain, in books or movies? Comment below to have a chance to win a pdf version of Every Savage Can Reproduce and a souvenir from
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In the futuristic society on Planet Earth, Elizabeth Bennet is accused of luring Fitzwilliam Darcy to an illegal establishment, which leads to their exile deep in the centre of a rebel planet. The subsequent galactic war exposes dark secrets regarding the autocratic Queen Immortal. Will Elizabeth and Darcy discover their love for one another and find their way back to Earth?
Set in the 39th Century, this novel is a tale of Pride and Prejudice-inspired science fiction, where Jane Austen’s characters take on new lives but still face the barrier of class distinction and seek to overcome their faults, as in the original classic.
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