Pride and Prejudice is an absolutely fabulous book, I am SO glad I read it again… taking my time and giving the story the justice and attention it deserves. I savored every sentence as if it were some exquisite, delectable treat. I am not going to describe the novel because, of course, I couldn’t do it justice, especially in a shortish blog update. I really enjoy ‘classic’ novels, historical fiction (particularly in the point of view of a woman), and romance…this book couldn’t have appealed to me more.
After I read the book, I naturally wanted to see the movie. I ordered it from Ebay and received it today; I put it on as soon as I got home, I was so impatient and excited. I am VERY pleased to say that the movie, which I just finished watching, is incredible; its just as I imagined it would be in my mind. I couldn’t be more pleased. How many films ever stay to true to the novel? It was so incredibly accurate, I was astounded; the dialogue between the characters was almost word for word from the book. It was truly wonderful hearing the quotes I knew from the novel while watching it play out in front of me, in all the splendor and excitement I imagined. And all of the actors truly became their characters in every way possible, particularly Mr. Darcy. Throughout it, I forgot that I was watching a movie and thought, instead, I was somehow witnessing it all happening before my eyes. The actors had me convinced that they were the characters themselves. Pride and Prejudice is now definitely competing with Little Women, my all-time favorite book/movie. In fact, it may take it’s place.
One of my many New Year’s Resolutions is to read all of the novels by Jane Austen, and then watch ‘The Jane Austen Book Club’. I absolutely cannot watch a film that is based on a book I haven’t read. I’ve been waiting years to see that movie and saying ‘LA LA LA’ loudly, with my hands covering my ears, whenever anyone speaks of it. In a few months (or perhaps weeks if I devote all my free time reading, haha) I will finally be able to fully enjoy the movie and I am very excited. Now that I have my fabulous, divine, incredible (boastful much?) Kindle, I can carry all of them around freely and read at my leisure, switching between them if I like, which I often tend to do.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
‘Well,’ said Charlotte, ‘I wish Jane success with all my heart; and if she were married to him to-morrow, I should think she had as good a chance of happiness as if she were to be studying his character for a twelvemonth (a year). 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 (happiness) 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.’
“When I am in the country,” he replied, “I never wish to leave it; and when I am in town it is pretty much the same. They have each their advantages, and I can be equally happy in either.” – Mr. Bingley
‘It was not in her nature, however, to increase her vexations by dwelling on them. She was confident of having performed her duty, and to fret over unavoidable evils, or augment them by anxiety, was no part of her disposition.’ – Elizabeth Bennet
Elizabeth was too much embarrassed to say a word. After a short pause, her companion added, “You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever… If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on”