My Dearest Mr. Darcy
Over the course of time I have grown impervious to the negative reviews and comments about my novels. Readers come in all varieties. Opinions are myriad. This is to be expected. Readers share their less-than-favorable opinion on places like Amazon or Goodreads, just as those who loved my novel do. I will admit, however, that the gross exaggeration and false claims are a tad annoying. Semantics are a tricky thing, and one person’s “porn” is a sweet love scene to someone else! Nothing can be done to change that. All I can do is present the facts. Frankly, I believe the data below speaks for itself as to the veracity of some claims.
Answers to most of the questions/criticisms regarding the plot, Austen style, my inspiration, why the sensuality level, and more are answered here: Frequently Asked Questions
Total pages: 333
Total Word Count: 132,268
Time covered in the novel: late-August to early-December, 1817
Total number of times it is mentioned that Darcy and Lizzy are having sex, or had sex, including vague allusions to the act that occur “off stage”: 18
Highest number of sexual encounters noted within one 24 hour period: 2
Number of times more than one sexual encounter is referenced as occurring within a 24 hour period: 2
Total number of pages (any portion of a page counted as one complete page) devoted to marital relations – i.e. “sex scenes” – including ALL foreplay, interludes of kissing/caressing/etc. that do not include actual sex, conversations while in bed whether romantic or not, and similar activity: 55-60 pages, out of 333 pages total.
Places specifically mentioned where a sexual encounter occurs, aside from the Darcys’ bedchamber & bed: ocean 2, carriage 1, beach 1, grotto outside 1
Snippets from negative – 1 to 2 star – reviews on Amazon specific to this novel–
half of the content is composed of intimate interludes and in the other half, the two main characters spend all their time pining for each other….
I found the frequent sexual interludes between Mr. and Mrs. Darcy unrealistic since she’s supposed to be in her last trimester… “unrealistic” to make love/have sex when pregnant? As a 2 time mother and delivery nurse I can assure this is not “unrealistic” at all!
Why the author felt the need to “soften” a Victorian gentleman of Mr. Darcy’s caliber into a needy and horny teenager is beyond me… he’s a Georgian gentleman, not Victorian, but in any era how is needing your wife and wanting to love her translated as “softening”?
just a series of scenes to use as a backdrop for descriptions of sexual encounters….
Number of times the following words and phrases appear in the novel, in all the various usages/definitions possible, out of a total word count of 132,268—
I love you 62
my dear 31
my heart 38
my soul 11
my precious 7
my love 38
my wife 24
my husband 15
make love 9
Read the following at own risk. Language alert!
Words that DO NOT appear in this novel: erection, cock, penis, butt, ass, f**k, orgasm, climax, intercourse, and any similar crude, graphic, or explicit word.
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