Story: Eternal Flame
Author: Heather F (Quill)
Story URL: Story Link
Word count: 86,400
Summary: The house known as Pemberley is as mysterious and inaccessible as Sleeping Beauty’s briar-shrouded castle. When fate hands Elizabeth Bennett an invitation from its reclusive owner, will she find a handsome prince within … or a frog?
This was an absolutely amazing story, and for many months afterward I could not shake it from my mind. Aside from the tale being extremely well-written, the author captures the characters beautifully. Even in the modern setting, you’ll have no trouble connecting to the P&P characterizations. Normally I don’t read modern P&P adaptations, but even if you feel the same way, trust me: there are specific reasons why you’ll really regret it if you don’t make an exception in this case, as the author has some rather ingenious tie-ins to the regency-era book. There were moments I just bawled due to the rich, heart-felt narrative. It’s hard to say much without spoiling the story, but if ever a fanfic deserved to get published based solely on its own merits, it is this one. I am already looking forward to re-reading this story again soon.
My only critique: This is another story for which I’m struggling to find something to criticize. The only think I can think of is that some people may not enjoy the small inclusion of a fantasy element in this story, as it can be hard to take one’s willing suspension of disbelief far enough as to permit fantasy to be included in this Regency-era classic. Personally, I thought it was a stroke of brilliance.
As I always do with modern adaptations, this fic is marked as containing out-of-character (OOC) behavior. That is not a critique, but simply a tag to indicate purposeful changes in the characterizations due to the modern setting. E.g., fics in which Elizabeth as an independent, working woman or Mrs. Bennet is a former dancer, etc.