Everyone knows the story of Pride and Prejudice. If we haven’t read it, then we’ve seen one of the many productions; if we haven’t seen one of the many productions, then we have seen one of the many movies/read one of the many books “inspired” by this classic love story. I read this book many years ago (not even sure I finished it since it was for school), but I enjoyed my revisit–especially after just finishing Northanger Abbey. The characters were much more developed in this novel and the plot is complicated and well-thought through. Yippee!! Exactly what I love in a novel.
I love the dynamics between Lizzy and Mr. Darcy although I’m not sure that I ever truly warm up to him. I think his warmth is portrayed in the newest version of the movie when viewers can see a physical change, but this is more difficult to “read” in the novel. Perhaps it is because the novel is so rich and contains so many small nuances. While I feel that the end of the most recent movie is a little more romantic (“I love, I love, I love you”) than the logical conclusions of Lizzy and Mr. Darcy, I love when Lizzy talks about how Jane smiles in her love for Bingley, but Lizzy laughs in her love. Isn’t that the best kind of love? But at the end of the book do we really need an update of Lydia and Lady Catherine and Mrs. Gardiner? I would have rather the focus remain on Lizzy and Mr. Darcy.
This is one that I could re-read; it is a timeless story that never gets worn out. Yeah for love stories!