Family Pride (Lady Pirates Book 6)
What a world we live in!!!! In fact, many people interested in copyright reform think it would be a good idea if you did have to regularly assert your claim via, perhaps, an online registry. No such provisions exist, which has given rise to the orphan works issue. I know this is cold comfort, but the one valuable aspect of being pirated is that it provides publishers cleat evidence that people want to read your work.
Publishers — as you must already know — are famously risk adverse. They can already gauge who will buy, and how to market to them. Pirates may not pay, but if they provide you with validation that you can sell to people for whom risk is uncomfortable, then you may be able to turn this phenomena to your advantage. That, by the way, is where clout in media trades is increasingly appearing.
So now I mostly borrow from a local library and read, though their selection is pretty poor Which brings me to whether I would download and read a book. Plus I never need to read them at a stretch so its OK to read onscreen — Comics, anyone have the first Spiderman comic readily available in print? And at what price? Ditto Asterix… And how long back have these been first published and should we be paying for anything more than the cost of printing for new copies? So though they are an absolute pain to read onscreen I still stick to them. Which brings us to Copyright and the ridiculous copyright laws at least in the US based on which Amazon pulled back the books.
Your customer wants x at price y, you have two options a. Or you go elsewhere and find new customer who can take what you can currently deliver. Somehow I manage to find good sites, sites I like, sites that are new, sites that are cutting edge, sites that make me happy, sites that make my life easier. How does it all work then? The idea that the public would be lost and adrift without publishers here choosing what we should read something which in itself seems like a bad idea is ridiculous. There would be book clubs, book discussion boards, book ranking sites, author websites, the media would recommend books are book reviewers suddenly going to vanish over night?
There are others ways to make money from your creations, as discussed to death above. Hercule: What do you suggest we do to make money as writers if we give the books away? Concrete examples please. But they should be able to afford to live. You want good investigative reporting? You want enriching works of literature? Writers have to eat and drink just like their readers. Yes, scarcity and demand are important. Perhaps people here disapprove of things like the minimum wage. You want writers to adapt? Enjoy the self-publicising blowhards who can master marketing but know zilch about writing.
We are responsible for the world we create. Living for free is cheap and lazy. The society we are creating will share those characteristics. I prefer hard copy of books but I have scanned out-of-print ones. I feel that publishers who let books go out of print lose the right to complain when their books are e-pirated. Authors who have a problem with this have an issue with the publisher, not the readers who are going out of their way to obtain the book.
And most writers barely get by. So if you steal books, people will have to stop writing them. Is that so terribly hard to understand? Sure, some of what a publisher does is obsolete, bookstores are obsolete. As to the guy who thinks all content will bypass Hollywood and the recording industry, who does he think will make the goddamn TV shows he watches? What does he think it takes to make a show, some drooling kid with a home movie camera? The pirates are no better than the record industry and worse than publishers, who give their writers advances and a cut.
Oh yes. And if you want to talk about minimum wage, most authors those of us who are not Nora Roberts or Dan Brown or even, say, Brent Weeks earn far below that on our writing. Free books will be the same. When books are free, editors will no longer exist. Alternate revenue streams aside because frankly, no one is going to pay to hear me read hot girl-girl sex scenes in my high-pitched, nasal voice, or pay good money for a coffee mug with my name on it—even if I had the time to pursue those revenue streams while still devoting time to, you know, writing , an author is not like a band.
The book itself is the product we offer. I want a career. OK, some ideas. Presumably you enjoy writing so do it for the fun of it. Users can donate that amount, more or less as they see fit. Alternatively release your book in whatever state of mess you like and then if someone wants to spend time editing it for free then they can. Wikipedia would suggest that people are happy to edit things for free. I might also suggest that authors might learn to do their own editing. Your industry is undergoing a change. I agree, that may work. Again, that might work, but with the above qualifier.
Governments usually give grants because they expect to earn their money back in income, payroll and sales taxes. What magazine? In a world without copyright, the guy down the street could sell a coffee mug with my book cover on it and pay me squat—and he may do a better job of it than me, since I have neither coffee mug design skills, nor merchandising experience. What film rights? In a post-copyright world, any production company could lift my story point by point, turn it into a movie, and not pay me a dime.
Unless they want advice on designing coffee mugs or t-shirts, or how to get a day job…. The problem with removing the money from the equation is that most of the talent tends to go elsewhere. And even if the talent stays, tapping away at their keyboards between 12 hour shifts at the plastic fork factory, production slows down and production values plummet. I wonder how long my hairdresser would hold onto her job if people only had to pay her if they felt like it? Just like my aunt who spends hours every day knitting doilies and giving them away to friends and family.
How do writers get well known? Which seems to be your method for monetizing their work They get published and someone with a great deal more experience than the writer will ever be able to rack up gets their work published and distributed. So anything that relies on a platform to generate revenue is a non-start for a new author. Well, for fiction at least.
It requires another perspective, and that perspective is generally provided by editors. The kind of editing done on Wikipedia is very different from the kind of editing done by an editor at a publishing house. Further, nobody wants to copyedit a novel length work of fiction in their free time. Go on any writing site on the net and ask how many people would be willing to revise a novel they have never read, written by someone they have never met, which is posted gateless on the web.
Getting a day job: Do you have a full time job and a day job? I doubt it. Grants for what? Certainly not an unknown piece of fiction from a never-written a book author. And as for being enough to live on? Why do you think publishers pay advances? A TV show? A game, sure. Not so much. And for mainstream authors? Even less. People bitch enough about only having one book in the trilogy. Not good, Syndication works with episodic or suspense works, not most novels.
This is so simple. The consumer has only one right. He can choose to buy, or not to buy. If he is unhappy with the price, he can choose not to buy. He has no other moral option. If he chooses to steal, there is no moral justification for it. There is no justification. This is a black and white matter. Prosecute them. Can they play in clubs? That said, their music can circulate worldwide and I suppose they could access other such music from all around the world. However, there is something to be said about both used books and electronic books. Living in New York a few years ago, I was also able to purchase a lot of review copies and remainders.
Digital books like digital recordings of all kinds of new uses. But yes there are some real problems on the horizons for authors. I suppose in the past might have done without. Yes, they do exist. So now I could read that one book, but what am I to do with the other 14,? Finally one interesting aspect about this increased availability of electronic books is this worldwide circulation.
These are readers who want to learn, who want to contribute to global development, to their own societies, to their families, to learn themselves.. It is an outreach to some of these peoples that has been encouraging certain universities such as MIT to provide lectures for free online. Given the amount of disinformation, sexism, and cultural control around the world, what can be said about providing such ideas, text, text books, and so forth to otherwise isolated people and schools?
As a writer, publishers barely do much anymore, and given the somewhat academic nature of my interests, I gain little revenue from my work. It does seem that within the next few centuries our institutions of knowledge will be greatly transformed. In a way that the digital incunabula has just begun.
It involves more than developing new hypertext standards such as might be expected looking at the first incunabula period, with its introduction of page numbers, footnotes, indices, standard fonts, and so on. That is what librarians and media historians are taught to look at. But a particularly interesting aspect of this period had to had to do with the issues of copyright, with the control of information.
It is not surprising that the early modern period is associated with the rise of the author since we need something like an author to control the copyright. However if we have looked much at the politics of authorship or the nature of deconstruction, we find any creative work both incorporates and backgrounds a great deal of creative work and collaboration.
Paintings by the great masters turn out to have been collaborative affairs, and movies by the current masters turn out to also be quite collaborative. So how do we find our audience and get paid for our hard labor while at the same time promoting global development? Black and White? I hope my own submission has shown that this can be a lot more complicated.
The first edition of of which I have a copy , was mostly destroyed during the Chinese revolution. And if another scholar wants to see some portion of this what should I do? Most of the authors who have posted in this thread are barely iterate and have everything to worry about. Their comments are not well thought out and it is evident that they barely read the article. I can only assume that their other writings are similarly uninteresting and derivative. Almost none of the comments are reactions to the interview, but reactionary statements that would fit comfortably under any copyright-related article on the internet.
You both make good responses to my suggestions. But I think my point is that that system is changing, and in twenty years time could be very different. I agree with neither of these things. And there are various opinions about whether creators make more or less through doing this. The point being though, that a creator can be paid for what they are doing, even when they are giving something away for free.
As a personal example for the second point, there is an author named Bruce Eckel www. I think that you underestimate human goodness, while obviously not everyone who reads a book available to them for fee, some will feel that they should recompense the author in some way. Technology will make these things possible they already are really, just not in widespread use , and will provide consumers with the ability to pay creators on their own terms. With all due respect to everyone, in reading through these comments, one could come away with the idea that there are more dishonest than honest readers in the world.
I would hope this is not the case. As comments here have pointed out, writers in a lot of cases have only a limited amount of time each to day to ply their craft. Why they would waste a third of their time chasing down pirates that amount to only a fraction of the honest consumers out there is beyond me. Unless chasing pirates is merely another form of procrastination, of which more writers than not are guilty…being an author myself, I know how tempting procrastination can be. I made a decision a long time to leave worry over piracy to others who seem to think pirates constitute the majority, or would, if no one did anything about them.
This was how much I paid for the paper book! This is ridiculous for a price for this. Frankly, this kind of thing infuriates me. I prefer to read ebooks, especially since I bought a Sony. I live in a teeny tiny town in the middle of nowhere, and the only selection of available print books is the rack at the grocery store. My publisher earns most of its money through ebook sales. Print is a break-even undertaking for them on most titles.
I do believe there are honest people out there. Bushman, that people are basically honest. The number of people who go back into the store to pay for that bag of potatoes they forgot they had on the bottom rack of their cart are few and far between. Too freaking depressing, even if I tell myself less than half of them will actually bother reading it. The world is changing. People have a bigger sense of entitlement than ever—not just in the area of entertainment media. Thanks you Jim. I wonder how many people here have been to a public library or who have taken their children to a public library?
These nefarious institutions must be among the worst of socialist pandering institutions, where everyday people can get access to books that they might not otherwise have been able to afford or find, access to movies and magazines and cds. One can imagine that certain capitalists argue that libraries will put booksellers out of business, just as a public care option might put private insurers out of business! Should we eliminate all libraries as a way to promote competition in the intellectual marketplace?
If someone wants an old work of Chinese philosophy or a Portuguese Cookbook, they should pay for it so that the market will reward those creators of these works or their estate. If not, why not? Bah, we should put all these horrid used booksellers in jail or at least take away all the profits they have ever made for their larcenous behavior! Black and white, that is the nature of truth. Personally, I believe that we need think about developing global libraries, and I think we see a yearning for knowledge and self-betterment around the world.
For that statement I had better write with a pseudonym. I would like to craft new ways to make even everyday books available to the poor people of the planet in the same way that we make books and other such media available to people through libraries. Who would be one of the worst of those terrible socialists who promoted public libraries? Andrew Carnegie of course, the self-made entrepreneur who founded what would become US steel, and to set up libraries across the United States, a traitor to his class.
Think of the importance that access to libraries have had to see creative life of the United States, even to the sense of self-reliance, to the development of new ideas and new products, to the widening of horizons in the development of a new sense of self worth. Can those benefits ever outweigh the black and white principles of the free market? In a way where you have to develop this concept of the global library and find ways to address paying authors and creators for their work properly.
Yet things could be different, and those of us with vision could create a global library framework, something a bit different from Project Gutenberg, and even update the resale market. In California and some other places, artists can actually have some rights to their pieces even if the have been sold — residual or resale royalties. These in turn can trace back at least to the droit de suite originating in France around where stories of impoverished artists and their heirs led to new ways of capturing the income made from their work.
Consider another situation. Even though you bought the piece. There are the historically connected contexts to, for example, musical intellectual property. Otherwise, are you ready to join me in closing down these public option libraries and the piratical used bookstores? Libraries and used bookstores are wonderful institutions. They are quite different from digital piracy because they involve one single copy of a book, make no new copies, and the people who use them contain an infinitely larger percent of people who also buy new books than e-piracy sites do. Piracy runs mostly to new books in print and protected by copyright, and it allows an infinite number of people to not pay for the book.
Agreed, Atsiko. I buy used books. Used books do not deny authors and publishers compensation for their work. Authors who resent the used book market annoy me to no end, both as a reader and a writer. Used books and libraries support literacy, encourage readers to try new authors and genres and their impact on new book sales is finite. The impact of piracy on book sales is potentially infinite. And they can do it for virtually zero effort, virtually zero risk and virtually zero cost. What if the author is is no longer in the physical realm?
Is there a royalty clearinghouse in the hereafter? What if the book is out of print and the publishing company no longer exists? DRM on ebooks is pointless — you can put an ebook reader on a scanner and OCR the perfectly rendered text. Not all of the books people are ripping off come from large publishing companies. I certainly have not made enough money to get off of disability, and as another author stated, when you rip my book, I get no credit or royalties for a sale for that copy.
Yes, as a fairly new author, I do give away copies of my books, but I have to pay my publisher for those copies. I get about ten copies for promotional purposes, but the copies I gave to my family and friends were copies I paid for. So those of us in the e-book industry do, indeed, suffer when you rip us off. We do not have the disposable income of Steven king or the profit margin of Baen Books.
We try to find pirate sites and take them down, but they pop up again elsewhere. It is extremely frustrating for those of us in the industry. We need to understand and see across the fence to both sides, at least in terms of e-books. An e-book author one published with an e-book house, not a print house usually does not receive an advance. If they do, it is a very small advance probably about half of what you make a week at a brick and mortar job. An e-book author is paid a specific percentage from the sell of a book.
If there is an advance, then the author must pay back that advance from royalties earned before seeing any profit. From whatever money is left after that, we pay for website upkeep, advertising, giveaways, etc. The basic point is, e-book authors are paid per sale. We are not all Nora Roberts or Stephen King. We only earn when you buy. That means we only earn if we get a fan who purchases a copy. We are not a big corporation spitting out volumes of paper and grubbing up money in our greedy hands. We count on readers, people like you, to help to support us by purchasing our work and allowing us to have royalties.
Yes, we writers are dependent on you. Just you. We need you. As a reader, I can understand the frustration of looking at a high priced book when did it all get so out of control and turning to cheaper alternatives. I frequent my local used book store. The librarians know me by sight and even call me at home to let me know when one of the often obscure books I have requested has come in. These are all great ways to read an authors work without doing anything that might be considered illegal.
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Would I love to read the latest and greatest by Stephen King? Heck yes! But I give it about three to six months, then call the used book store. As a reader, I try to keep in mind that the author needs me, yes, but that I also need the author. I need my producers and dealers to keep pumping out the good stuff. Frankly, all it does is keep people who honestly purchased something from making legal back-up copies when they need to. It takes hackers all of thirty minutes to create a hack to cut through the DRM. Copyright law is a fact of life, and at its heart is a good law.
There does need to be a legal, set amount of years that a copyright is in place. No need for copyright to go on for two hundred years. That would be ludicrous. They break that trust when they post it up where literally millions of people can grab it without bothering to pay, thus depriving you of royalties.
It was your idea, your shining moment, and it was taken from you. Do I mind if you make one copy of my book as a back-up? I totally understand that. These should give you an excellent idea of what my work is like and whether you want to spend your money or not. These are all excellent alternatives to pirating my little e-book.
What we have to do is have open, honest discussions. No justification on either end. We, as writers, want to give you, the consumers, what you want. We, the consumers, want to enjoy what you, the writers, have created. There has to be a middle ground, where authors can earn and customers enjoy.
Me, my books have earned me some money. Every release sees a bump in sales for my backlist, so the effect is cumulative. NY publishers have mishandled ebooks from the get-go—both with consumers and authors who make pretty pathetic royalties on them. How hard is it to put the damn cover in there? But my publisher does none of these things.
And for those books, from those publishers, there is no justification for pirating. None at all. I hate trying to write that sort of thing. I should note, I have no desire nor intention of ever being anything other than an independent author. I have just recently become a book pirate — very recently, less than a week. I have downloaded several dozen books, read parts of about half of them so far, and then purchased ebook copies of 4 of those. I have uploaded none of them for copying by others, and have no intention of doing so at this point.
Those 4 ebooks I bought were from authors I had never even heard of before finding and downloading their books online. I would never, ever, ever have gambled on purchasing any of the ebooks I pirated, sight unseen, because I have been badly burned in the past by so much writing that is absolute dreck. When only 1 in 10 ebooks one purchases are quality writing, one quickly stops taking the risk, particularly with new authors. Like I mentioned above, I only read parts of most of what I downloaded, because it only took a chapter or so to realize what I was reading was crap in most cases.
Small presses have brought a few really great writers to the forefront of my genres, but they have also introduced many more really poor ones. So pre-piracy I had gotten to where I purchased maybe 2 ebooks a month, and only then at the recommendation of trusted friends. Now I have purchased 4 in less than a week, because I was able to assure myself of a quality read thanks to checking out pirated copies first. To authors who say their royalties have fallen way off with the rise in piracy, I say maybe a big part of that is that you are not a good writer.
So, I have given money to 4 authors that I never would have without piracy, and know that number will increase. I will continue to take advantage of the opportunity to read before I buy for as long as I can. I will continue to give my financial support to talented writers as I find them, but will not feel guilty that I am no longer wasting money on those who write drivel. Not judging, just curious. We now have three competing major DRM systems, and the public domain. Suppose I want an early version of that poem, perhaps to contrast it with a later version.
The different editions are clear enough on the public domain sites, but what about the new proprietary sites? H Freeman, Bedford St. Amazon wants to keep the price low enough to pay for its investment in its proprietary reader system. Both have their models as to how to keep themselves solvent long term. Business week is reporting today that other corp. And apparently Kindle buyers are starting to think they got ripped off, according to some websites, since they thought paying the larger price of the device up from would allow them to get access to e-books at a much more reasonable price.
And this would really want to be walking around with an expensive Apple device? Some are predicting the demise of this brand of publishing house, which brings us back to the issue will of pirate spaces. Some of the websites I have seen over the last couple days have suggested that the authors themselves are beginning to wonder to what extent the publishers have their interests at heart — but we need them because they help promote books in their way, serve as gatekeepers for a particular collective group quality and identity, and so on.
Will these spaces have some impact on these ereader wars? Napster imbroglio. They failed to see how the principle of stealing from Metallica trickled down to stealing from little bands for whom every sale counted. Same goes for authors of books. One of my comic series was put of torrent sites and I saw that there were approximately DLs of the comic. Some kind of detente needs to be reached between the pirates, the downloaders and creators of pirated material or it will become impossible to continue to create work and even hope to make a living.
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Products are worth what consumers will pay for them. And it really does no one any good when people act like chickens with their heads cut off. People have been bootlegging music for decades, and have been doing it in greater numbers since the internet really got going, which was actually quite a while ago — and the recording industry is not dead. People have also been taping movies and shows off the tv for a long time, and that industry is still going as well. As a writer and reader of fanfiction, I am immediately put off the side of anyone who attempts to label piracy as theft and equate it to shoplifting, as there are numerous authors who claim that fanfiction is theft and equal to shoplifting when it is clearly not.
It is also not that difficult to sort through the masses of terrible fanfiction and find the gems, keep track of good authors, and give yourself publicity on the right communities. A surprising amount of them even manage to do it as a full time job. A select few do extremely well. Just from beginning to whatever percentage. Eh, meaning a direct from those financial return.
Personally, I still maintain that the majority of those who download have no intention of paying for anything they can get for free. While I do understand the point about sales ensuring future book contracts for the traditionally published, I think the only option those authors have is to send take down notices in every single instance they become aware their books are being pirated. On one hand, the whole issue is currently moot anyway, since by law, piracy is illegal. Not just authors, but anyone who creates something that can find its way online in some fashion or another.
Independents can experiment in that area. Not sure what the traditionally published can do, with publishers to answer to. All downloaders are not the same. Some people will only download things they literally cannot get IRL — out of print books, vinyl records for obscure bands, tv shows from other countries, etc. I think it would be worthwhile for e-authors to look at webcomics that earn money studiofoglio. Fans who feel close to the author might feel guiltier about downloading and crack down on it themselves.
A lot of webcomics have donation buttons attached to a graphic that shows how close to a goal the donations have come, with an extra update when the goal is reached, or give a gift usually a wallpaper with each donation for any amount. An author could do that, making a short story available to everyone once a certain amount had been paid, or giving a snippet of the next novel to anyone who donates.
Merchandise is also important to webcomics, but surely an author could work out a contract with an artist for an image to be used in a cafepress store. Surely some of this could be used to supplement ebook sales and make up for piracy. I began experimenting with it myself last month; also with a paid subscription site, and now with a few other things, just to see what might work best for me personally in the long run.
I have no plans of ever fully earning a living from writing. Fortunately, a few people do seem to enjoy my writing, so I have some sales every month. I consider myself lucky that this is the case! Traditionally published authors above have pointed out that not showing sales can harm their chances for continuing to be published. Even have a place on their forums for it! But a lot of it is horrible, horrible crap including some of mine! If there was a huge jump in my ebook sales, and I became aware that they were on file sharing networks and being downloaded a lot, it would be safe to say that piracy was boosting my ability to earn from my work.
Although maybe flipping-through-the-book could work as a time-sensitive preview of the whole file? There are always friends and family members who can look things over as well. I just returned from the library where I borrowed two books for my son, Vols. That would bring him up to date. He has bought many books, and his bookshelves, windowsill, desk, and even his floor littered with books not to mention musical instruments, computer and electronic peripherals, clothes, and other such things.
Whether or not we were is not the question — it has to do with the matter of what was going through our heads. Perhaps my son was simply more focused on whether the library had the books he wanted. Is it enough to have one sale to a library and then allow it to be multiply lent out? To complicate things, the library also offers the same books as part of their electronic borrowing program. I could download them from home and read them on Adobe Digital editions, for free from our perspective.
Again someone paid for the electronic publication, but it will now be multiply lent out. Finally, he could in theory, and not with my permission go to one of the torrent sites, and download the volumes without any payment, and read them in on his Adobe Digital editions account, or his iTouch, etc. After a week he might delete them.
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However, no historical record of her death sentence was found. Some speculate that her affluent father paid a handsome price to have her set free. While Bonny was said to wear clothes that identified her as female, Read had a long history of masquerading as male that dates back to her youth. Her mother would dress Read as her late older brother to wheedle money from the dead boy's paternal grandmother. Years later, she joined the British military as Mark Read. She found love with a Flemish soldier, but upon his untimely death Read headed to the West Indies.
As fate would have it, her ship was taken by pirates, who pushed her to join their ranks. Some stories suggest that only Bonny and Jack knew of Read's womanhood, and only because the latter grew jealous when the former flirted with "Mark. She died on April 28th , from a violent fever in her prison cell. No record is made of the burial of a baby. Some suspect Read and the infant died during childbirth.
American pirate of the 19th century, Sadie Farrell earned her unusual nickname for her violent modus operandi. On the streets of New York City, Sadie won a reputation as a merciless mugger by head-butting her victims. It's said that Sadie was chased out of Manhattan when a fellow female tough, Gallus Mag, brawled with her, biting off Sadie's ear.
To flee the city, she wrangled a new gang to steal a sloop in the spring of With a Jolly Roger flapping above them, Sadie and her crew became pirates that swept the Hudson and Harlem Rivers for booty. She'd lead raids on the farmhouses and posh mansions that dotted the river's side, occasionally kidnapping folks for ransom. By the end of summer these raids became too risky as the farmers took to firing upon the sloop as it drew near. So, Sadie the Goat returned to the mainland, where she made peace with Gallus Mag, who returned to Sadie her lost ear which had been pickled for posterity.
Known now as "Queen of the Waterfront," Sadie took her dismembered ear and placed it in a locket, which she wore around her neck for the rest of her days. One the earliest recorded female pirates was actually a pirate queen. Once her husband Agron died in BC, Teuta of Illyria became queen regent, as her stepson Pinnes was too young to rule. During her four years of reign over the Ardiaei tribe of what is now the Western Balkans, Teuta encouraged piracy as a means of fighting back against Illyria's domineering neighbors.
This not only meant the plundering of Roman ships, but also the capturing of Dyrrachium and Phoenice. While Teuta's seafaring tribesman brought her kingdom great wealth and power, they also won her a great enemy. Romans sent representatives to Teuta for a diplomatic meeting. She scoffed at their pleas, insisting that her tribe sees piracy as a part of lawful trade.
From there diplomacy went out the window. It's unknown what the Roman reps said next. But one ambassador was killed, while the other was imprisoned.
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So began a war between Rome and Illyria that lasted from BC to BC, when Teuta was forced to surrender on terms that cut down her power and forced her tribe to pay annual tribute to Rome. Though she continued to rail against Roman rule, she lost her throne. The rest of her life was lost to history. Born the daughter of a Frenchman and a Haitian woman in 17th century, Jacquotte Delahaye stole untold fortunes and captured the imaginations of many seafaring storytellers.
This buccaneer lost her mother to childbirth and her brother was mentally handicapped, and once her father was murdered Delahaye was left alone to care for him. Legend has it that piracy is how she managed to do just that. Her nickname comes from the most popular aspect of her story, which claims this red-haired pirate faked her own death to escape the government forces that were closing in on her in the s.
From there, she took up a new identity, living for several years as a man. Finally, when the heat died down she resurfaced with her catchy new moniker Back From the Dead Red. Jeanne de Clisson's tale is one of tragedy, revenge and the showmanship. But when land wars between England and France led to her husband being charged with treason and punished with decapitation, she swore revenge on the France's King Philip VI. The widowed de Clisson sold all of her land to buy three warships, which she dubbed her Black Fleet.
These were painted black, draped with blood red sails, and crewed with merciless privateers. From , the Lioness of Brittany sailed the English Channel, capturing the French King's ships, cutting down his crew, and beheading with an axe any aristocrat who had the misfortune to be onboard. Remarkably, despite all her theft and bloodshed, de Clisson retired quietly. She even remarried, settling down with English lieutenant Sir Walter Bentley.
Believed to have died in , some say she has since returned to de Clisson Castle in Brittany, where her grey ghost walks the halls. Also from Brittany was this French woman, whose name translates to Anne God-Wants , a title said to speak to her tenacious nature. She came to the Caribbean island of Tortuga in the late s or early s. From there she suffered some rocky years that made her a widow twice over, as well as a mother of two.
But as fate would have it, her second husband was killed by the man who'd become her third. Dieu-le-Veut insisted on a duel with Laurens de Graaf, to avenge her late mate. The Dutch buccaneer was so taken by her courage that he refused to fight her, and instead offered her his hand. They married on July 28th, , and had two more children. Dieu-le-Veut set sail with de Graaf, which was considered odd as many seamen considered women on ships bad luck.
Yet Dieu-le-Veut and de Graaf's relationship has been compared to that of Anne Bonny and Calico Jack, in that they were inseparable partners who sneered at superstition. Like many pirates, their story is one that becomes fractured in its final chapter. Dieu-le-Veut's legend has this brassy broad taking over as captain when de Graaf was struck down by a cannonball blast.
No, seriously So much, that he's mistaken for a ruthless pirate. Darcy agrees to help the authorities capture the pirate by impersonating him. Soon, his path crosses Elizabeth and her father. She doesn't recognize him, but he sure reminds her of someone with which she once had mistaken impressions. The author at times seems more like a cinematographer and screenwriter. I stopped in the middle of the book to look up the Isle of Scilly, because I wanted to see the sunrise David, Elizabeth, and Melanie saw. This isn't so much a Pride and Prejudice variation as much as a summer popcorn movie.
Does the premise seem a bit silly? Do we care?
Heck, NO! It's a good thing that I don't have to wait till the novel comes out on DVD to 'see' it again! Loved it! I LOVE this book! I can't believe I missed out on this for so long! I'm so glad I finally took a chance on this. Pirates and Prejudice starts after Elizabeth turned down Mr. Darcy's proposal. The rejection leaves Darcy despondent, a little intimate with liquor, and uncaring of his physical appearance. His name gets cleared, but somehow, he is roped in into impersonating the pirate to finally catch him. So, there's no reunion at Pemberley since Darcy wouldn't even be there.
Bennet's ill sister. There's a bit of a Darcy makeover to make him look and talk the part. That was pretty entertaining. I couldn't stop giggling because of Darcy's pirate talk. I could almost feel how awkward it was for him! Adorable man. He managed to portray the pirate quite well, but Darcy was pretty much still "Darcy". There are some things he just can't shake off.
Obviously, the story deviated from Pride and Prejudice, but Kara Louise managed to weave the story in a way similar to the original; just with the elements of the sea, pirates, and disguise. I loved seeing how Elizabeth and Darcy came to an understanding, and I was left in a puddle of feels with how sweet he was. I swear, you guys, I was giggling in my room like an idiot thanks to Darcy. Their flirtations and interactions were so sweet and adorable and ahhh. I love it.
The Pirate Hunter
And the proposal!!!!!!!! Pirates and Prejudice is a rather unlikely but charming tale in which Darcy, wandering London desolate for months after Elizabeth's refusal of his proposal, is mistaken in his scruffiness for a infamous escaped pirate and is thrown into prison. The next day he is released on the condition that he impersonates said infamous escaped pirate in order to capture him so that he will hang at long last.
He even learns to speak roughly and to walk with a swagger to his step. Meanwhile, Mr. Bennet and Lizzy set off for the islands off the coast of England to visit Mr. Bennet's dying sister and her family. On their return trip with Elizabeth's cousin David who seems to like her quite a lot , their ship runs aground on rocks during a storm, and Elizabeth and some other passengers are captured by the real escaped pirate, but they are soon rescued by "Captain Smith" Darcy in disguise. Elizabeth likes the abrupt and roughly-spoken Captain Smith who seems familiar to her, but she can't place the resemblance.
More adventures ensue, and I'll let you discover the rest. It's a wonderful tale of adventure and derring-do!
Admittedly, this was too unbelievable to me at that time. After having read dozens of variations, I really enjoyed this after I reading so many duds. I would probably be considered a non purist. Any story that injects some humor is a plus for me.
Perhaps I had read too many dark, depressing or disappointing variations.