Tumblr is so offended by the idea of character development that they’re telling themselves that Mr Darcy only seemed like a dick because of social awkwardness instead of accepting the truth of Actual Asshole Mr Darcy who becomes a better person through character development
The appeal of Mr Darcy is that he’s an asshat who’s chastised when Lizzy tells him how much of an ass he is and then actually does some self reflection and explains to her why he also did the things he did (ie genuine worry for his dear friend) but still apologizes and gets his shit together. He *changes*. He goes from snobbish elitist dick to a humble man selflessly helping the woman who soundly rejected him.
The mutual character development of Darcy and Lizzy is beautiful and I had to read some nonsense about Darcy only *seeming* like a dick smh