In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Georgiana Darcy is described as painfully shy. She is often portrayed as quiet, sweet, and demur.
But how would the story change if she were actually kind of terrible? What if Georgiana were more like Caroline Bingley: bratty, horrible, or even evil?
Here is a list of my favorite Pride & Prejudice variations where Georgiana Darcy is horrible.
In Waiting for an Echo by Jann Rowland, Mr. Darcy’s primary reason for coming to Hertfordshire is not to assist Mr. Bingley; rather, he is finding it difficult to decide between duty and happiness as he considers two women in Kent as prospective brides. But in the midst of gaining distance from his dilemma, he never once considered the possibility that his eye could be caught by someone so much lower than him in consequence as Elizabeth Bennet.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth, who lives a sheltered life in Hertfordshire, is unwilling to fully participate in society and has no desire to find a husband. She has been hurt by love in the past, and she is none too eager to expose herself in such a fashion again.
With other alterations to Austen’s novel—such as a more decisive Mr. Bingley and a surprising choice of bride by Mr. Collins—this novel provides something new for Austen enthusiasts to enjoy while still being able to relish in the familiarity of the characters we have all grown to know and love.
Elizabeth Bennet left all she loved behind when she accepted Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam’s hand in marriage in Tempted: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Alix James. Dragging her sister Jane, her cousin Billy Collins, and a horrible secret along with her, she leaves her home and family in the United States and sets sail for England… and safety. Expecting to meet her new husband when he returns from the Boer War, she is shocked to learn that not only does his family not believe her, but Richard has gone missing.
Fitzwilliam Darcy is only doing his duty. Trying to learn the truth of what happened to his cousin, while sheltering the woman who claims to be Richard Fitzwilliam’s wife, he encounters more than he bargained for. She is ill-prepared for life in his world, and her independent ways threaten to defeat her before she has even begun. Unfortunately, she is close to defeating him, as well. Pledged to marry another, but honor-bound to do all he can for Fitzwilliam’s wife, his equanimity and fortitude are tested whenever she is near.
When news of Fitzwilliam finally comes, it brings both grief and complications. Surprises, possibilities, and agonizing choices… Will Darcy and Elizabeth find a path to love? Or will new revelations and the shadows of the past tear them apart before they are even together?
Mr. Darcy never imagined that he could be jilted. But it has in A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity by Amy D’Orazio, and by Elizabeth Bennet, the woman who first hated and rejected him but then came to love him—he believed—and agree to be his wife. Alas, theirs is a short-lived, ill-fated romance that ends nearly as soon as it has begun. No reason is given.
More than a year since he last saw her—a year of anger, confusion, and despair—he receives an invitation from the Bingleys to a house party at Netherfield Park. Darcy is first tempted to refuse, but with the understanding that Elizabeth will not attend, he decides to accept. When a letter arrives, confirming Elizabeth’s intention to join them, Darcy resolves to meet her with indifference. He is determined that he will not demand answers to the questions that plague him, no matter how much he wants to do just that.
ELIZABETH BENNET HOLDS IN HER HEART a number of secrets, including the love for Mr Darcy which remains burning brightly. Nevertheless she is resolved to remain silent and hold fast to the secret behind her refusal, knowing it can no longer matter, believing that Darcy must surely despise her.
Once they are together, however, it proves difficult to deny the intense passion that still exists. Fury, grief, and profound love prove to be a combustible mixture. But will the secrets between them be their undoing?
A father’s dying words. A long lost relative from the past. What lies and deceptions promise disruption of all he once knew to be right and wrong? Find out in Matter of Trust: The Shades of Pemberley by P.O. Dixon!
Fitzwilliam Darcy has a history of cleaning up after George Wickham–the person whom he despises more than anyone in the world. First, he acted to save his sister from the villain when he set out to elope with her while she was only fifteen
Not long thereafter, Darcy impetuously declared his intention to marry a charming young woman from Hertfordshire, whom he secretly admired, to save her from scandal and ruination at the hands of his nemesis. Darcy hoped he had seen the last of Wickham. Then an aunt he never knew showed up on his doorstep, after three decades abroad, shrouded in mystery and armed with secrets threatening his family’s legacy.
For reasons of her own, his aunt invites George Wickham into their lives. Wickham’s reappearance sorely tests Darcy’s relationships with his bride, his aunt, and his sister. Knowing Wickham better than anyone, Darcy sets in place a trap that is certain to ensnare the scoundrel, thus revealing the man’s true character to everyone.
Elizabeth Bennet is thrown into a misadventure in Married! by J. Dawn King when she successfully assists a fellow maiden in distress only to find her own reputation jeopardized.
When the only solution is to marry a man she just met, can she find happiness with the kind-hearted, but imperfect stranger? Is love a faraway dream in her new life as Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy?
Life as a girl on the cusp of becoming a lady can be difficult when your guardian is your older brother. How can he understand anything about falling in love? Find out in The Derbyshire Mystery Stone by Melanie Schertz.
Life as the much older brother and guardian of a sister who believes herself older than she is can make life difficult.
So, during an argument between Georgiana and Fitzwilliam Darcy while they are in the gardens of Netherfield Park, a stone is discovered on the path. Not just any stone, but a stone that only comes from Derbyshire.
When the siblings take hold of it, something happens to them. They end up in each other’s body. Will the brother and sister come to understand each other better from seeing the world through the eyes of the other?
What happens when you add in George Wickham, who believes he has convinced Georgiana to elope with him, and Elizabeth Bennet come into the lives of the Darcys?
Fitzwilliam Darcy must marry or lose guardianship of his misbehaving young sister in Darcy’s Deal: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Zoe Burton.
Elizabeth Bennet has been sent to her godfather’s house, political associate to Darcy’s uncle, to live to escape her mother’s anger.
Giving up their dreams of a love match, can these two strangers find happiness in a marriage of convenience? Or will others separate their fledgling bond before the marriage begins?
The Corrupt Plan: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Linda Blanchette is a non-canon Pride & Prejudice variation.
Just when Darcy decides to follow his heart and choose love over family obligation, their friends and family begin to conspire against them, each for their own nefarious reason.
Will their love be able to withstand the interference?
By Consequence of Marriage: A Pride & Prejudice Novel Variation (Moralities of Marriage Book 1) by Elizabeth Ann West
When his horse throws a shoe, Fitzwilliam Darcy misses rescuing his sister, Georgiana Darcy, from the clutches of George Wickham by only one day in By Consequence of Marriage: A Pride & Prejudice Novel Variation (Moralities of Marriage Book 1) by Elizabeth Ann West. Now on the hunt to find them both, the gossip beginning to swirl in London forces him to abdicate the search to his cousin, Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam, while he plays the wayward gentleman in Hertfordshire with his friend Charles Bingley. After a collision with his future, Darcy struggles to satisfy his attraction to a pair of fine eyes and keep his family’s scandal hidden.
Elizabeth Bennet dreams of nothing more than remaining close to her sister, Jane. When the rich gentleman, Charles Bingley, enters the neighborhood, it seems certain that Jane will make a match with him. After all, Jane Bennet is the sweetest and most beautiful woman in the county! But Elizabeth’s efforts to find her own local match go awry and she feels abandoned by the first man to cause stirrings in her heart. Her parents attempt to marry Elizabeth off to her cousin, William Collins, who is set to inherit the estate. But when she refuses, she soon finds herself In London with relatives, forced to find her own happiness.
Thomas Bennet married Olivia Darcy, sister of Mr Gerald Darcy of Pemberley in The Bennet Fury by Melanie Schertz. The couple were deeply in love, and soon had two beautiful daughters, Jane and Elizabeth.
Tragedy struck when Olivia Bennet was killed in an accident, returning home from visiting her brother’s estate. Mr Bennet becomes bitter, losing the love of his life and blaming the Darcy family for the accident.
Years later, after having remarried and fathering three more daughters, Thomas Bennet is still harboring anger towards the Darcys. When he learns of Bingley’s connections to Fitzwilliam Darcy, the situation ignites into an inferno.
Will the eldest Bennet sisters be able to reunite with their mother’s family?
Fitzwilliam Darcy is on the run in A Baby for Mr. Darcy: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by J. Dawn King…with a baby!
When an emergency summons Mr. Darcy back to London during the Netherfield ball, he discovers a newborn in his study along with a note. Now, he must guard a secret that could shatter his family and put the child in danger. But that isn’t his biggest challenge. He must find a wife—a woman he can trust with his charge and with his heart.
Elizabeth Bennet’s prospects for a marriage based on love are taken away from her when her father makes a deal with Mr. Darcy, a man she despises. When she learns the identity of the baby and the true identity of the man she married, will their marriage of convenience develop into a love for the ages?
Together they face slander, intrigue, family pressure, and prison. Will their marriage survive? Will the baby thrive? Or, will forces much larger than themselves destroy everything Darcy and Elizabeth hope for?
WHEN FITZWILLIAM DARCY MEETS ELIZABETH BENNET in the fateful autumn of 1811, their mutual infatuation is immediate and undeniable in A Wilful Misunderstanding: A Pride and Prejudice Second Chance Romance Variation by Amy D’Orazio.
Within months, they are married and spend a blissful winter at Pemberley, falling more deeply in love with each other than either might have imagined possible. But spring in London proves more challenging to them. Accident and artifice join to devastating effect for the young couple, destroying their felicity and creating an outcome neither might have imagined.
TWO YEARS LATER, happenstance reunites them. Sorrow and anger have built walls between them but the love they once shared still remains. Will it be enough to conquer the sins of the past? Is the love they still hold within them strong enough to prevail over the anger and mistrust that tore them apart?
What if, instead of being born the heir to Pemberley, Fitzwilliam Darcy had been a second son? That’s what happens in Second Son: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Cherith Boardman.
In a time when birth order determines who inherits everything or nothing, Fitzwilliam Darcy must find his own path – excelling in the profession he chuses. When tragedy strikes, he is called to fulfil his role as the “spare,” struggling to meet the demands placed upon him, overcoming the distrust of those who wish him to fail, and devoting himself to the good of Pemberley’s dependents.Disgusted with Society, and scorned by the sister he loves, Darcy visits his friend in Hertfordshire, where he meets the Bennets of Longbourn. He discovers in their second daughter, Elizabeth, a new source of hope and purpose for his life. When his family questions the lady’s fitness to be Mistress of Pemberley and demands he fulfil his responsibilities to his family and the legacy of the Darcy name, Fitzwilliam is left torn between duty and his heart…Duty has taken his dreams once, is Pemberley to take Elizabeth from him as well?
In Rain and Retribution by L.L. Diamond, Elizabeth Bennet’s parents attempt to force her into a marriage of convenience for the sake of her family. So she flees to make her own future.
Will circumstances and their families conspire to keep Darcy and Elizabeth apart or will they unite to take them on together?
In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet tells the proud Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy that she wouldn’t marry him if he were the last man in the world.
But what if she never said the words? That’s what happens in Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World by Abigail Reynolds. What if circumstances conspired to make her accept Darcy the first time he proposes?
What if the last man in the world she could be prevailed upon to marry…is her husband?
Mr. Darcy – A Man of Honour by Jadie Brooks asks several questions.
What if Mr. Darcy came into Meryton with the idea of seeking a wife and was first attracted to Jane Bennet?
What if Jane Bennet was not a sweet, kind young woman everyone thought she was?
How would things play out for Darcy and Elizabeth when he found out his error after he was engaged to Jane?
When Fitzwilliam Darcy meets Miss Elizabeth Bennet in The Best Part of Love: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Amy D’Orazio, his heart is almost immediately engaged. Seeing the pretty lady before him, a lady of no consequence or fortune, he believes he should not form an attachment to her, unsuitable as such a woman is to be his wife.
What he cannot see, however, is the truth, that the simple country girl harbours a secret. Before she meets Darcy, Elizabeth has spent two years hiding from the men who killed her beloved first husband. Feeling herself destroyed by love, Elizabeth is certain she will never love again, certainly not the arrogant man who has offended her from the first moment of their acquaintance.
In time, Elizabeth surprises herself by finding in Darcy a friend; even greater is her surprise to find herself gradually coming to love him and even accepting an offer of marriage from him. As the newly married couple is beginning to settle into their happily-ever-after, a condemned man on his way to the gallows divulges a shattering truth, a secret that contradicts everything Elizabeth thought she knew about the tragic circumstances of her first marriage.
Against the advice of everyone who loves her—including Darcy—Elizabeth begins to seek the truth, knowing she must have it even if it may destroy her newfound happiness with Darcy.
ONE DISTRESSING NIGHT AT RAMSGATE in Being Mrs Darcy: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Lucy Marin, Elizabeth Bennet impulsively offers aid to a strange young lady who appears to be having an argument with her suitor. She soon learns she has foiled an elopement but at a considerable cost to herself as rumours of illicit behaviour between herself and the young lady’s brother begin to swirl. Before she knows it, she finds herself engaged to Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley. She marries him determined to prove herself a good wife.
FITZWILLIAM DARCY DESPISES EVERYTHING about his marriage. Angry and resentful, he does everything he can to ignore his new wife. His Matlock relations look upon Elizabeth with thinly-veiled suspicion and Georgiana behaves hatefully, ignoring the fact that Elizabeth has saved her from ruination.
AFTER MANY MONTHS of marriage, Darcy comes to recognise that he has fallen in love with his wife, and that Elizabeth is all that a Mrs Darcy ought to be. Elizabeth however has grown withdrawn and has lost hope of ever being happy. With months of despair between them, will they ever be able to find happiness together as a couple?
In the dark hours of the night, Elizabeth’s most beloved sister succumbs to her illness in Still Waters: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Elin Eriksen. The aid of a solicitous gentleman is appreciated until her distraught mother misconstrues the circumstances and creates a situation more intolerable than she could ever have imagined.
Elizabeth is grateful when her betrothed leaves the area to let her grieve the loss of her sister in peace but the gentleman who returns for their wedding is not the same gentleman who left her behind.
She had not expected her life would be easy, moving halfway across the country, married to a man who found her only tolerable, yet Elizabeth is not made for misery. The decision to make the best of what life has given her was easy to make but the follow through breaks her heart as she must fight for her position and accept betrayal too despicable to contemplate.
Warning: Infidelity, betrayal and descriptive sexual encounters that are appropriate for a mature audience only.
Elizabeth Bennet never expects to see haughty Mr. Darcy again after his disastrous proposal in Hunsford in By Force of Instinct: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Abigail Reynolds.
But what if family business required him to stay at Rosings after giving her his letter?
In this passion-filled variation, coming face to face with Mr. Darcy only days later could give Elizabeth a second chance to understand him… or risk a future filled with even more misunderstandings.
Note: Contains intimate scenes between an engaged couple.
At the first light of dawn the morning after the dance at Netherfield in Total Want of Propriety, Volume 1: Darcy’s Reformation : A Pride & Prejudice Variation, a carriage speeds north as Fitzwilliam Darcy flees the temptation wrought by Miss Elizabeth Bennet’s pert opinions and fine eyes. His heart yearns for the intelligent beauty, but he knows his duty to Pemberley, and his family, and cannot risk exposing his beloved sister to the total want of propriety evidenced by the rest of the Bennet family.
A month later – and now resolved to follow his heart – Darcy hastens towards Bath after Darcy learns of Elizabeth’s expulsion from her family for refusing to marry Longbourn’s heir, Mr Collins.
Soon confronted with the truth of his own family’s wanton lack of propriety – and Elizabeth’s dislike of him – Darcy must do all he can to protect his sister from her own folly, while hoping to earn Elizabeth’s forgiveness for his arrogant presumptions…
And ultimately win her heart.