Review: Fifty Shades of Mr. Darcy – A Parody by William Codpiece Thwackery

Publisher: Michael O’Mara (Aug 30th, 2012) / Pocket Star (Nov 13th, 2012)
Paperback: 192 pages / ebook: 200 pages
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

When Mr. Elliot Bingley comes to court Lizzy Bennet’s sister, she meets his mysterious, grey-eyed friend, a Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. It takes only one meeting before Lizzy is lured into Darcy’s secret world of lascivious practices and lusty urges. Her heart is racing and her bloomers quivering at the thought of submitting to Mr. Darcy’s every whim…
A titillating mashup of an erotic bestseller and a romantic classic, peppered with puns, this eBook is sure to satisfy those who love Fifty Shades of Grey and Pride and Prejudice!

Review:
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good riding crop must be in want of a pair of bare buttocks to thrash.” – That is the first sentence in the book.

I laughed. Pretty hard. Also, at some points I just cried a little bit inside (for the future of good literature).
Admittedly I have not read Fifty Shades of Grey (nor do I ever plan on it) but I think I’ve been exposed to enough of it that I could enjoy a parody especially when it’s mixed with one of my favourite books of all time, Pride and Prejudice!

As with many parodies, it’s just ridiculously over the top (in a good and bad way). The puns! I love puns as much as next person (okay, I lied, I love puns more than the average person) and the first few had me crackling, but than it just keeps going and sort of interrupts the flow the book (apparently even I have my limits in book). The book follows the story of Pride and Prejudice pretty well, with some thrown in random scene. The book is also very meta, very very (it knows when to “break the fourth wall’ and laugh at itself). At points it’s quite witty and funny, other times just plain weird, crud humour.

Overall not a bad parody. It’s a quick, weird, funny read, perfect for when you need a break from all things serious and proper. The last joke of the the book, fifty shades indeed.

{* Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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