June 11, 2013

Character Comparison: Spies and Prejudice vs. Pride and Prejudice


About the book

Fields’ Rule #1: Don’t fall for the enemy.

Berry Fields is not looking for a boyfriend. She’s busy trailing cheaters and liars in her job as a private investigator, collecting evidence of the affairs she’s sure all men commit. And thanks to a pepper spray incident during an eighth grade game of spin the bottle, the guys at her school are not exactly lining up to date her, either.

So when arrogant—and gorgeous—Tanner Halston rolls into town and calls her “nothing amazing,” it’s no loss for Berry. She’ll forget him in no time. She’s more concerned with the questions surfacing about her mother’s death.

But why does Tanner seem to pop up everywhere in her investigation, always getting in her way? Is he trying to stop her from discovering the truth, or protecting her from an unknown threat? And why can’t Berry remember to hate him when he looks into her eyes?

With a playful nod to Jane Austen, Spies and Prejudice will captivate readers as love and espionage collide.

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About the author

Talia Vance is a practicing litigation attorney living in Northern California with her real life love interest, two-point-five kids, and a needy Saint Bernard named Huckleberry. Talia has been writing since she could talk, making up stories for every doll, stuffed animal and action figure she could get her hands on. She grew up hoping to write the great American novel, but her life ran more along the lines of tortured romance and fast paced thrillers, so that's what she writes.
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Not every character in Pride and Prejudice gets a corresponding character in Spies and Prejudice, but most of the characters in Spies were loosely based on the characters in Pride and Prejudice. I say loosely, because I tried to give each character my own spin as well.

Berry Fields (Elizabeth Bennet)
Like Elizabeth Bennet, Berry is smart, able to trade barbs with anyone, and has a tendency to judge people quickly. Having lost her mother, Berry is a bit more vulnerable than Elizabeth, and perhaps a bit more jaded, but like Elizabeth, Berry does not believe in compromising her values or beliefs.

Tanner Halston (Fitzwilliam Darcy)
Like Mr. Darcy, Tanner is aloof and occasionally rude, and doesn’t make a good first impression. He is also loyal and trustworthy, willing to go to great lengths to help his friends. Just as Darcy falls for Elizabeth, Tanner realizes he has feelings for Berry but ends up insulting her when he tries to win her over. Tanner is more awkward than Darcy, and has more secrets.

Mary Chris Moss (Jane Bennet)
Mary Chris is as sweet and lovely as Jane Bennet. And, like Jane, she is an optimist who likes everyone. But, she can hack past the most sophisticated firewall, and reverse engineer almost any electronic device.

Ryan Halston (Charles Bingley)
Like Mr. Bingley, Ryan falls for the beautiful Mary Chris (Jane) almost immediately upon meeting her. He’s attracted to her beauty, but he also finds he has a lot in common with her. Despite his feelings for Mary Chris, Ryan doesn’t fight to stay together and is swayed by the opinion of others, although he eventually comes back around. Ryan is probably the most like his Pride and Prejudice counterpart.

Jason Yakamoto (Charlotte Lucas)
Jason is Berry’s friend and confidante, the person who will call Berry (Elizabeth) out where appropriate. Like Charlotte, Jason has fewer choices when it comes to men and he’s willing to compromise where Berry is not.

Collin Waterson (William Collins)
Just like his Pride and Prejudice counterpart, Collin courts Berry in a crass manner. Where Mr. Collins flaunted his money and connections and courts Elizabeth because her sister is enamored with someone else, Collin constantly hits on Berry and hints that he wants to have a purely physical relationship. Neither character is interested in Berry (Elizabeth) because they care about her as a person, and both are crass and uncouth. I like to think that Collin is a bit more sympathetic, and that Jason (Charlotte) is actually a far better match for him.

Drew Maddingly (George Wickham)
Drew is every bit the charmer that Mr. Wickham was, using humor and charisma to win Berry’s trust right away, but proving to have secrets he’d rather stay buried.





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2 comments:

Tammy said...

Pride & Prejudice TV series w/ Colin Firth

Rachel Edmundson said...

I enjoyed the Sense and Sensibility movie and the Emma movie. Thanks for the giveaway!

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