I’ve been working (somewhat sporadically) on a modern Pride and Prejudice AU, and yes, as you can tell from the title, it’s a coffee shop AU. I’ve never actually put so much effort into a fan fiction before so this is a bit of a first to me.
The gist of the story is that Mr. Darcy owns a new coffee shop in town, which houses several interactions between the characters; meanwhile, the Bennets own a used bookstore. I’ve tried to retain the canonical personalities of the original novel but also want to add my own insight into aspects like the Bennet sisters’ relationships; I want to develop the less popular sisters whilst establishing closer bonds between them for a warm feel. Dialogue is one of the core features of my fic, just like the original novel.
It has felt somewhat difficult at times trying to transpose Austen’s personalities and dialogue into a modern setting; the cultural difference are so vast that I have to find other ways to make the interactions just as intriguing as in the novel. For instance, in the Georgian era, obviously there were no phones, so it would be much harder to stay in contact with people and text, meaning it was also harder to get close to others since you could not chat as readily. And then of course there’s the whole thing with men and women being separated; if they happened to be in the same room, though, they were constantly chaperoned by others. In our current era, this is hardly an issue. It feels like I’m stripping away all that glorious context to make room for this modern adaptation where things can progress much more rapidly and easily.
Nevertheless, if this premise sounds interesting to you, please do check out Coffee at Pemberley’s on my AO3 account. Thirty chapters are currently forecasted, though there may be less or there may be more. I’d also love to get some feedback from other writers or fans of Austen!
Your resident Pride and Prejudice fangirl,