Saturday, 18 January 2014
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I don't think I will bother with a non-spoiler section because if you haven't read this book or watched the film you seriously need to fix that.
This was a re-read but considering that I read it about 4 years ago it was due a little love. This in my opinion deserves ever praise it is given. It is the best girly romance book with such a bad ass main female character. When you read this book you have to take into consideration the customs and expectations of the times or else you would see some characters wrongly. For example Mrs Bennett is primarily concerned with her daughters marrying and doesn't care who they marry as long as they're married. Today if you read that you have no sympathy whatsoever for her and hate her, but if you put it in context you can see that this would have been a common attitude. However, I do find that even if you put Mrs Bennett into context she is still very unlikable.
I did watch the film before reading the book and the major difference between the two is in the book we actually get the feeling that Darcy likes Elizabeth when he first proposes to her. In the film he's just there and it seems like he woke up one day and thought "I'm in love" which was so stupid. I loved Darcy and even more so I loved Elizabeth. Lizzy is just the original bad ass she did what she wanted and didn't care what people thought of her because of it. I adored when she put Lady Catherine in her place it was so perfect.
One character I cannot express enough love for is Mr Bennett. He is so sarcastic and funny and amazing. He reminds me so much of my own Daddy so I have a huge soft spot for him. I can read Chapter one of this book over and over because Mr Bennett is so funny.
I will not lie I did tear up when reading this book. If you read my blog for any length of time you'll know I don't really cry at books and I've never cried out of happiness but this book had me close to it. When Jane and Mr Bingley finally got engaged the tears welled up in my eyes and stayed there until I finished the book.
To finish up I am so glad this is the first classic of the year because it is fabulous!