We all have our reasons for enjoying Jane Austen’s work and for reading and writing JAFF, of course. Some of us like the romance, some of us like the social commentary, some of us like the humor. And apparently some of us—a lot of us, judging from the warm reception some of these stories receive!—enjoy seeing our spunky, smart Regency heroine tortured sadistically by our normally honorable, upright, willing-to-change-for-love hero, Mr Darcy. Sometimes the mistreatment is psychological, and sometimes it’s physical, down to and including sexual assault. But we’re supposed to think it’s all right because, after all, it’s Mr Darcy. Even though he does loads of horrifying things to our heroine, things for which he sometimes really ought to be locked up, things that degrade, demean, and harm her, we know deep down that it can’t be too serious because underneath all that he’s really a good guy, and it’s nothing some good loving can’t fix.
This review needed to happen.
Also, all the reviews on Social Commentary with Hunky Dreamboats are pretty awesome.