Thursday, August 11, 2011

pride and prejudice...

"I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine." - Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
I recently finished re-reading Pride and Prejudice, I haven't read it in over a decade and so easily fell back in love with the characters, story and Austen's style of writing. As someone who often is caught reading chick-lit fluff it was great to read a book of true substance. Many critics say that Pride and Prejudice is the greatest love story ever told, I just might be inclined to agree [clearly, other than mine - hah. kidding]. Seriously though - I caught myself just smiling and sighing as I read the book falling utterly in love with the characters to where I literally couldn't stop smiling when I finished the book. 
 Then... I watched the movie again. Now, I know the book is always better than the movie but still, I have to admit I really, really like the 2006 movie version of Pride and Prejudice. Yes, they clearly changed the ending [originally just in the US because we like things "sugary sweet" - funny, but true], but I loved every minute of it. If you haven't read it in awhile or ever, I recommend you pick it up soon. The great news is if you have an ereader or iPad you can download it for free! Let's be real, I love free. I'm currently reading Emma and am again being reminded why Jane Austen is such an esteemed author and said to be ahead of her time - for lack of a more eloquent way of saying it - she's really good.

Just to make my heart happy and to hopefully give you a taste [or reminder] of the amazingness that is Pride and Prejudice here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book...

"Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life."

"A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment."

"Stupid men are the only ones worth knowing after all."

"They were within twenty yards of each other, and so abrupt was his appearance, that it was impossible to avoid his sight.  Their eyes instantly met, and the cheeks of both were overspread with the deepest blush" 

Source: via annahita on Pinterest

in closing, if you haven't already...

with all that being said, run out and read the book. not feeling too literate? watch the movie. either way, you'll be left with your feeling a little lighter and more filled with love.
oh yeah, one last thing about Pride and Prejudice... Lydia is a whore. 
The End.


amy b.s. said...

for some reason, i was in a class that didn't read this in high-school and it's been on my "to read" list ever since. i need to get on it.

Grace said...

Mum always says I should read it, but I haven't yet. My sister loves it!

Anna said...

I love Jane Austen, most especially this book. My favorite movie version is the one with Colin Firth though, not Kiera Knightly.

amy said...

I have yet to read this book...which is crazy to me because I LOVE to read and the movie is definitely in my top five favorite movies.

Christina said...

Just watched the new Jane Eyre. I love this period of books and movies.

elisabeth said...

i've read the book & seen the movie!
better yet, my real & legal name is elisabeth bennett.
no joke!
whenever i check at the dr's office or somewhere people have to call out my name, i get the funniest looks & people always say things about my name.
bennett is my married name, so i have been elisabeth bennett for too long. but i has been kinda strange to get used to!


Candace said...

Pride and Prejudice is my absolute favorite. I can't even begin to tell you how obsessed with it I am. Love this post.

Nikki said...

I have it on an audiobook to listen to when I walk...but I still haven't started.

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