This is my first post for my Classic Double Challenge from One Librarian’s Book Reviews. My goal for this challenge was to compare the re-telling to the original and see how much was the same or different. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund is a sci-fi re-telling of Persuasion by Jane Austen. *There are some spoilers for both of these books.*
I loved how many similarites there were between the stories. I wasn’t expecting there to be that many.
- The main character doesn’t get along with her sister or dad. Her mother dies when she is young.
- Elliot is the name of the main character in For Darkness Shows the Stars (FDSTS) and it’s also Anne’s last name in Persusaion
- Both characters are committed to duty
- Both worlds are without technology. Persuasion’s was from lack of technology but FDSTS was from fear of technology.
- Both worlds have social classes and they both explore the beginnings of social mobility.
- There are tenants renting out a part of the estate
- Admiral of the Cloud Fleet = Admiral Croft
- Captain Wentforth = Captain Frederick Wentworth. I also like how his name “Wentforth” applies so well to the character
- I won’t name them all, but a lot of the characters have similar personalities in each book. It was fun to recognize them from the other story.
- Letter writing is important in their relationships.
- Both plots have a lot of walks and carriage rides in them
- Both main characters consider marrying their cousin
- Kai (Captian Wenforth) and Elliot know each other as children. That wasn’t true in Persuasion
- Genetic enhancements
- Elliot’s father is more of a villan than Anne’s father in Persuasion.
Do you like finding similarities in re-tellings?