Bridget Jones' Mark Darcy Is Dead, But His Archetype Lives On

The literary world was rocked — ROCKED — this weekend when author Helen Fielding released excerpts from her newest Bridget Jones novel Mad About the Boy to reveal that Mark Darcy — the best/creepiest Colin Firth homage to actually eventually be played by Colin Firth — is now dead. » 9/30/13 4:30pm 9/30/13 4:30pm

Is Jane Austen So Popular Because Her Books Are Kinda Just Highbrow …

Why are women so obsessed with Jane Austen? This year marks the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, and the Wall Street Journal reports that novelists/scholars/biographers/filmmakers are ON IT. » 1/25/13 3:40pm 1/25/13 3:40pm

When Did Elegant Women Become Villains?

The show Fairly Legal opens with the heroine, Kate, stumbling out of her houseboat and dodging repeated calls from someone labeled "The Wicked Witch of the West." » 2/01/11 3:55pm 2/01/11 3:55pm

The Jane Austen Hook Club: Obama As Mr. Darcy?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Maureen Dowd loves writing absurd, gimmicky, cutesy op-eds. But yesterday's "Mr. Darcy Comes Courting" is, even by Maureen Dowd's absurd, gimmicky, cutesy standards, ludicrous. Dowd's contention » 8/04/08 2:00pm 8/04/08 2:00pm that Barack Obama "is a modern incarnation of the clever, haughty, reserved and…