Today was a special day for me because I spent it in Budapest celebrating the birthday of one of my friends. He lives in Lisbon, but he wanted to celebrate is birthday with his friends somewhere else, and I have to say he chose very well! Budapest was amazing and it surpassed all my expectations, we had a great time walking around the city, visiting the thermal baths, buying cute things at Christmas markets and eating traditional food. I cannot wait to repeat the experience and I’m wondering which is the next city he will choose for his next birthday. Where should we go next? Do you have any suggestion?
I flew back to Lisbon a couple of hours ago and realised this day is also special because it’s the day of the Netherfield Ball, so I decided to write something about it and offer one of you a signed copy of The 26th of November by Elizabeth Adams. I’m sure you know I was in the United States last month, and while I was there I stayed a few days with Elizabeth so I was able to get her to sign me an extra copy of the book, and today is the perfect day to offer it.
The 26th of November has a very different premise with Elizabeth being forced to relive the same day over and over and over again. I thought this plot was a genius idea and really loved the book, now I’m wondering what it would be like if it were Mr. Darcy who would relieve this day over and over again, or if in fact he was aware that the day was repeating itself but never mentioned it to Elizabeth. What about a secondary story releasing it too, but keeping it to himself?
What do you think of all these ideas? If you were to read a sequel, what would you prefer it to be? Mr. Darcy’s POV, or maybe even another day repeating itself, and if so, which day would you prefer to see repeated?
The Netherfield Ball has inspired many books and I’m glad it did because I think it is one of the events in the book with more potential. A lot of things can happen before, during or immediately after the ball and the sky’s the limit when it comes to variations. It isn’t too soon in the story, so Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth’s feelings are already there and the author doesn’t need to go through all those initial interactions (which I’m starting to find tiring to be honest), but it isn’t too late either, so the author has more freedom to play with prejudices and feelings developing them as he wishes.
It is not my favourite time for a variation, that would be the Hunsford proposal. I think it is the best timing because I think that the Hunsford proposal is essential for the characters to built the respect and love they have for one another, but the Netherfield ball comes in second on my ranking for favorite timing for variations.
What about you? What is your favourite timing for a variation?
Join me in this conversation to be included in the giveaway of the signed copy of The 26th of November. All comments will receive an entry and the giveaway is open until the 5th of December. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced here shortly after. Please do not forget to stop by to see if you were the lucky winner, unfortunately if I do not receive a confirmation via email from the winner I will have to choose another winner.
Good Luck everyone!