Vanity and Vexation: A Novel of Pride and Prejudice
Title: Vanity and Vexation: A Novel of Pride and Prejudice
Author: Kate Fenton
Observing the modern-day romances that mark the filming of the BBC’s latest production, impoverished novelist Llew Bevan witnesses the unlikely pairing of the movie’s leading lady and his bashful neighbor as well as the interplay between its haphazard starring actor and imperious director.
The BBC invades York to film the latest version of Pride and Prejudice. Impoverished novelist Llew Bevan watches with amusement as the glamorous invaders combine the filming of Jane Austen’s romantic classic with the much less decorous pursuit, off-camera, of real-life romances with the locals. Under Llew’s very nose, his bashful neighbor John is plucked out of a village dance by the famously gorgeous leading actress, Candia, and they at once fall madly in love. Our would-be hero manages only to trip over the black-booted foot of the imperious and intimidating director, Mary Dance. So he’s amazed-not to mention alarmed-when her steely eye seems to be straying his way.