Posts Tagged ‘Pride & Prejudice’

Sometimes I feel like I’m the last person to know about things in popular culture.


I just spent about an hour, watching various episodes of the Lizzie Bennet diaries.  There are 100 episodes about 6 minutes long that aired on YouTube, starting in 2012.  I haven’t watched all of them — I tried to get a few key points. I liked Bing Lee, the Asian-American medical student.  I saw one episode where he is taking care of Jane, who has a cold.  He was sweet and smart and funny.  Endearing.


I am impressed with the creativity of the project.  Some of the modernization of the story is very clever.  Does it all work or make sense?  Probably not.  In a similar vein, I also liked Lost in Austen, although I wish I could edit out about 5 minutes of vulgarity.


English: Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. Austen, Jane. Pr...

English: Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. London: George Allen, 1894, page 5. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But I’ll admit it — I love Pride and Prejudice in almost every form.  I love the arrogant man and the judgmental woman being annoyed with and fascinated by each other. I love watching these two characters dance around their growing attraction.  I love the fact that they both become better, wiser people, and they are rewarded with a  happily ever after.


Pride in Prejudice is my favorite novel, and I am pleased that it is still being read 200 years after it was written.


Ah, Jane Austen,  you were a genius.




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From richardarmitagenet.com

I’ve been reading some fun blogs about the difference between love in fiction and love in real life.

Since I’m working on a novel right now in which the main character (like me) likes Darcy, Thornton and Rochester a little too much, it has been on my mind.

In my not so humble opinion, a good romance is realistic.  There are enough “men are from mars” type insights in Pride and Prejudice, North and South, and Jane Eyre to make those male characters ring true emotionally.  Of course, they may be richer and better looking than the men at the grocery store, at church, or at work but underneath the fictional glitz, they really are men — and that’s why those books are so popular today.

Or am I just deluding myself?

One of the interesting blogs:



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Cropped screenshot of Greer Garson from the tr...

Cropped screenshot of Greer Garson from the trailer for the film Pride and Prejudice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Laurence Olivier is dashing as Darcy and Greer Garson is charming as Elizabeth, but I’m thinking about Edna May Oliver as Lady Catherine de Bourgh.  She was suitably grumpy, but with a plot twist at the end that Jane Austen didn’t write, and that I found funny the first time I saw it.   Some people get upset over this, but with a movie that is only 118 minutes long (and it certainly doesn’t feel as if it lasts that long), there isn’t sufficient time for every part of the original book.  I believe that only the 1995 BBC version was long enough, and even that version missed a few bits that I like.

Cropped screenshot of Laurence Olivier from th...

Cropped screenshot of Laurence Olivier from the trailer for the film Pride and Prejudice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


There is something to be said about sideburns.

And cravats.

And actors speaking clearly.

And a good smolder.

I love Darcy.

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