May 6th, 2008

[Misc] MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art)

Bird of Paradise by Jane Greensmith (PG-13)

Title: Bird of Paradise.
Fandom: Mansfield Park.
Pairing: Edmund Bertram/Fanny Price
Categories: Angst, Established Relationship, Future, Romance.
Length: Medium.
Warnings: None.

Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website:

Fanny Price has the distinction of being the most disliked of Jane Austen’s heroines (“thoroughly moral” and “boringly perfect” are some of the nicer things her critics have to say about her), which leads to the unfortunate tendency most fic authors have of completely re-inventing her character. 

What I like about "Bird of Paradise" is that Fanny is still Fanny (and not miraculously transformed into a much bolder, wittier character). It is not a story of an instant happily ever after or magical transformations. Yet, from her wedding day (when the story starts) onwards we see Fanny slowly starts to change, overcome her fears, assert herself more and grow in her role of wife and mistress of her own home. For those who like Fanny, it is a rare chance to see her blossom; for those who don’t, it’s an opportunity to see her in an entirely new light.

Bird of Paradise.