The emphasis on the injustice of romance has made it popular, though I do strongly believe that the love in Persuasion is stronger than it is here. That endures rejection, separation, war and decades; yet, it still lingers. I hope to continue to do so. Nov 26, Ana O rated it it was amazing Shelves: classics , romance-contemporary-and-ya. I must admit, I didn't initially understand all the fuss surrounding this novel. I did not understand why so many millions of readers love it. It seemed to me they were all a bunch of romantic fools. Now that I am 'one of them', I can report back that the Pride and Prejudice fandom is actually full of normal people who care passionately about the characters.
I instantly fell in love with the story and its amazing characters. Marvellous, magnificent, superb, delightful Just some words to describe how great this novel is. It's refreshing to read about a hero who doesn't have to use foul language and violence to get attention and power. Mr Darcy is a gentleman. He is intelligent and wellinformed, competent, cool-headed, strong, yet silent. He is also arrogant and prideful.
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Hey, nobody's perfect. He suffers from a social shyness and awkwardness that is received by others as rudeness. Darcy stands the test of time because he recognizes Elizabeth as an equal, he is not threatened by her intelligence and outspoken personality. In fact, Darcy appreciates all those traits. They're such different people but alike in many ways. He and Elizabeth have such respect for each other, and I think that's what makes the romance in Pride and Prejudice such a success. And now I'm just going to compare every man to him and basically, I'm ruined forever.
And let's not forget his estate. Sure, Mr Darcy has his issues and his flaws so many times I wanted to scream at him and Elizabeth to get over themselves and talk already, I mean come on just get together already good grief this is ridiculous. Elizabeth is such an admirable heroine.
And boy is she one smart tough cookie. She stands up for herself and those who matter to her, she loves to read and she thinks for herself. She is a woman far ahead of her time.
If you haven't read this yet, read it now. It's a wonderful book, easy to read, even though it was published in the early 19th century. It will play on your emotions, and it will make you think. Well done, Miss Austen. Nice try, sir. But you're no Mr Darcy. This never happened in the book but I couldn't help myself.
Shelves: my-summer-of-classix , littry-fiction. The story charts the emotional development of the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, who learns the error of making hasty judgments and comes to appreciate the difference between the superficial and the essential. View all 3 comments.
View all 15 comments. Oct 18, Sherwood Smith added it Shelves: fiction. Some years back in one of my APAs, someone castigated Jane Austen's books like this: "All those daft twits rabbiting on about clothes and boyfriends and manners. Well, much as I laughed over the first caveat, that isn't Austen. It sounds more like the silver fork romances inspired by Georgette Heyer.
Austen's characters don't talk about clo Some years back in one of my APAs, someone castigated Jane Austen's books like this: "All those daft twits rabbiting on about clothes and boyfriends and manners. Austen's characters don't talk about clothes at all, outside of air-headed Mrs Allen of Northanger Abbey , who doesn't think of anything else. Austen sticks her satiric quill into young ladies who think and talk about nothing but beaux, such as poor, luckless Anne Steele in Sense and Sensibility. Manners are emphasized but not manners without matter; Austen saves her spikiest irony for hypocrites.
I think it's important to remember that whereas Heyer was writing historical romances in the silver fork tradition, Austen was writing novels about contemporary life, especially the problems facing young women in her own walk of life, the country gentry. She criticized herself in a much-quoted letter to her sister Cassandra, saying in effect, 'the problem with Pride and Prejudice is it's too light and bright and sparkling.
It seems to me, on close reading of her elsewhere, that she meant the novel to be taken more seriously than it was. What is it about, really? It's about the wrong reasons for marrying, and how those can affect a woman for the rest of her life. Of course a hard-line feminist can point out that novels about marriage are hideously retro for today's woman, who has many choices before her. During Austen's time, marriage was the only choice a woman had, unless she was rich enough to shrug off the expectations of her society, or unless she was willing to live on as a pensioner to some family member or other, which more often than not meant being used as an unpaid maid.
Of course there was teaching, but the salaries for women were so miserable one may as well have been a servant. The hours and demands were pretty much equal. If one looks past the subject of marriage, the novel's focus is about relationships: between men and women; between sisters; between friends; between family members and between families.
As for marriage, Austen sends up relationships that were formed with security as the goal, relationships that were sparked by physical attraction and not much else, relationships made with an eye to rank, money, social status, or competition. The fact that Austen doesn't use modern terminology doesn't make it any less real than a contemporary novel that has a supposedly liberated woman romping from bed to bed for forty pages while in search of the perfect relationship.
The message is the same, that women who mistake falling in lust for falling in love are usually doomed to a very unhappy existence. And in Austen's time, you couldn't divorce, you were stuck for life. I've had dedicated feminist friends give me appalled reactions when I admit to liking Austen. I don't consider reading Austen a guilty pleasure, as I do reading Wodehouse.
I consider Jane Austen a forerunner of feminism. She doesn't stand out and preach as Mary Wollstonecroft did. Her influence was nevertheless profound.
Again and again in those novels she portrays women thinking for themselves, choosing for themselves—even if their choices are within the conventions of the time. What the women think matters. These days we call them refrigerator women. Jane Austen gave her female characters as much agency as a woman could have in those days, and the narrative is mostly seen through their eyes. The famed relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy makes it very clear that they were first attracted by one another's intellect—those two were clearly brain-snogging before they ever got to the fine sheets of Pemberley.
It is also clear that the man—his higher social and economic status notwithstanding—had to earn the woman's respect, and rethink some of his assumptions, before she could see in him a possible partner. There is no dominant male making the decisions: those two are equal right down to the last page, and Austen makes it clear that it will continue to be so after the marriage. Each time I reread the novel, I notice something new, but in the meantime, will I continue to recommend it to young women just venturing into literature?
You bet. View all 21 comments. Sep 17, Starjustin rated it it was amazing. Well, I finally finished this classic novel, by Jane Austen, set in the 18th century, and I have to say it was worth all the time I took to read it. I absolutely loved the main characters, the humor, and most of all the romance. I watched the movie and loved it also, but the book is much more detailed and descriptive. Definitely a favorite! I highly recommend it to everyone. You won't regret reading this one.
View all 61 comments. Often imitated, never matched. Nobody can do it quite like Jane Austen. I can't believe I still had them! Hope you enjoy! ETA: Often imitated, never matched. ETA: Now with bonus texts and memes From the first tongue-in-cheek words: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.
Austen brilliantly sets up the world of this novel. Marriage - however humorous the personalities and events may be - is serious business. And when the Bennets have five daughters and no sons, the seriousness of getting their girls married off increases exponentially. The desperation of the marriage hunt is really the desperation of economic survival.
Mrs Bennet has that essentially right, however misguided she is in the way she goes about it. The theme of self-discovery works hand-in-hand with the theme of marriage, and the tension between economic interest and romantic feelings. Both pride and prejudice are obstacles not just to understanding others, but to knowing oneself.
Elizabeth learns about herself from several other characters along the way: Wickham: view spoiler [the danger of trusting solely in appearance. And finally, and very gradually, we progress to seeing relationships based on reason and intelligence as well as physical and emotional attraction. The Gardiners are the model here, and the type of marriage Elizabeth wants to have for herself. I adore Elizabeth and Darcy, working through their flaws there's pride and prejudice aplenty on both sides!
And when you combine that with Austen's insight into human foibles and her sharp wit, every page is a pleasure. It's the perfect mix of intelligence, humor and romance. First up: The Elizabeth Bennet actresses. First, Greer Garson from the movie: … no, for two big reasons: 1. Hoop skirts. A thousand times no! Keira Knightley: Very pretty but … too pretty. And man, is she wearing a lot of makeup in some of the scenes.
David Rintoul from the BBC version I can't help it, he makes my heart beat faster even when he's not in a wet shirt. Matthew Macfadyen in the movie: Sorry to his fans, but he doesn't cut it for me. He always looks So. Pics in the thread. I am so genuinely surprised at the positive experience I had reading this book! A book mentioned in another book. View all 5 comments. May 08, Jasmin rated it really liked it Recommends it for: People who want to widen their vocabulary and of course hopeless romantics. Shelves: classic , historical-romance , historical-fiction , aar-toplist , bbc-top , four-stars , books , fiction , romance , reviewed-by-me.
It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that it had begun. Fitzwilliam Darcy's reply when Ms. Elizabeth Bennet asked him when he fell in love with her. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen had put my left out dictionary into good use. I have to admit, I was very slow in the first pages, however, nearing the end, I was like a driver going at mph, eager to reach the finish lin "I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. I have to admit, I was very slow in the first pages, however, nearing the end, I was like a driver going at mph, eager to reach the finish line.
And the use of various nicknames, confused me more. I thought Elizabeth and Eliza and Lizzy are different persons. So, I put a book guide into good use as well. I must also mention my despise of Mrs. I hated her more than anyone in this novel. She has no talent in being a mother whatsoever and have no notions of leading her daughters in the right path. The only thing that matters to her is the marrying of her five daughters.
After the misfortune of Lydia running away with Wickham, she was frivolous as to forget the elopement as soon as news of marriage were ensued. She considered the hunting for a wedding gown, the most of her problems. I've never seen a woman as fickle-minded as her and no one as blinded to riches than her. Nor do I have a desire to meet one. Lydia Bennet, is another matter. She is selfish and insensitive as anyone can get. I have to mention this, to unload the hatred in my chest. How Jane and Elizabeth turned out to be well bred is a wonder, considering the type of mother they are born with.
But enough of what I hate of the book, because it will soon be forgotten, and all but the love of Mr Darcy for Elizabeth would remain. This is a genuine love story. I've fallen in love with Mr Darcy. He wanted to change his ways for his beloved Elizabeth. He helped her in so many ways and he needed no credit for it. For him, it was enough that he knew he helped her. He also hid his love for her for so long, its endearing. No part of the book was useless. All were vital for the fruition of Mr Darcy and Ms Bennett's love story.
As you go deeper in the book, all pieces come together, like a puzzle, slowly making meaning. Indeed, Ms. Elizabeth Bennet is lucky, to have loved and to be loved in return. Despite the troubles their love had to endure, it was victor in the end.
View all 27 comments. Oct 24, Peter Meredith rated it it was ok. I want that to sink in for a moment I am enjoying her writing style very much, but I also enjoy the back of an occasional cereal box so that may not mean much. We will see. I am sitting here eating a tootsie roll, a Halloween left over, and I can't help notice the similarities between it and the novel Pride and Prejudice.
First off, like P and P, the tootsie roll wasn't one of those dinky ones that you can almost swallow in a singl 18 chapters in First off, like P and P, the tootsie roll wasn't one of those dinky ones that you can almost swallow in a single bite so you know that I've been at this for a while and now that I finally got it down, I have to wonder why I put it into mouth to begin with. Secondly, tootsie rolls are a throwback to another age, there are far better candies out there and the 36 wrappers littering the floor will attest to this.
You have to really like tootsie rolls to appreciate them. I don't. Pride and Prejudice is the dullest most wonderfully written book that I have ever read. I read it simply to get a feel for the author's fantastic ability at arranging words, and really I mean it when I say, oh what wonderful blather. I give the book one star. After 62 chapters, there is nothing that happens. There is barely a story to the story, at least not one that could be remotely interesting In the age of bodices, there is nary a one that is ripped open, let alone one that is undone with the gentle exploring fingers of a lover.
And then there is the hubbub over the book A witty comedy of manners? Sure, I smiled a few times at the only funny character in the book, Mr. Bennett, but overall, I read, studied the sentence structure, noticed the wall paper and waited patiently as the paint dried. Even the dramatic ending where Lizzy gets the guy, is a letdown and dull. Just to let you know, I was joking about it being in any way dramatic. Which brings me to the characters. Other than Lizzy, they are all stereotypical and lack even the most remote concept of depth.
Jane is pretty and sweet from the first page to the last. The mom is overbearing, the dad aloof. Other than Darcy, no one grows or changes in a book that spans a few years and endless pages. Normally, I use one star for books that I just can't finish and if I wasn't an aspiring author, I wouldn't have bothered to get through half the book, but since I did PS, Don't read Moby Dick either, if you know what's good for you.
View all 35 comments. Shelves: fiction , classics , favorites. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So the other day Elizabeth and I are in the book store and she saw this book, and said she really wanted me to read it. In horror at the thought of reading what I thought was a 'chick book', i immediately countered that she would then have to read one of my favorites: Dune.
She agreed! So I read it, and I have to admit, it was good - damn good. Even though there was a serious lack of any gratuitous violence, I tore through it in several days. Austen is an amazing writer, and has a particular tale So the other day Elizabeth and I are in the book store and she saw this book, and said she really wanted me to read it. Austen is an amazing writer, and has a particular talent for explaining her characters deep motivations or prejudices in a few defining sentences.
I think my favorite part of it is the unwinding of Elizabeths' prejudices against Mr Darcy. It is done so slowly and artfully and believably that the reader is completely pulled into the story. It is a definite period piece - here are a few funny observations: - Nobody in the book had a job - they all earned income from their estates - Since nobody had jobs they spent all day gossiping - People were judged not by what they did for a living but what family they were from and how they behaved in society.
Completely different from today! You needed at least 10 dates to get anywhere, and you probably had to marry in order to go all the way. Jokes aside, this is a classic, and I highly recommend it for any guy or girl. View all 4 comments. A quintessential novel of manners. Fine moral intelligence and subtle psychological insight expressed in a straightforward, epigrammatic style. I read it for the first time forty years ago, and I am still half in love with Eliza Bennet. View all 17 comments. Apr 30, Lizzy rated it it was amazing Shelves: read , historical-fiction , stars-5 , classics-literay-fiction , read-years-ago.
So much has already been said, that I feel almost redundant. During Austen's time, marriage was the only option a woman had, except if she was rich enough to disregard the expectations of society; except if she was willing to live as a poor relation, which usually meant bein Just a few words to express how I loved Jane Austen 's Pride and Prejudice. During Austen's time, marriage was the only option a woman had, except if she was rich enough to disregard the expectations of society; except if she was willing to live as a poor relation, which usually meant being used as an unpaid servant.
Of course, there was always the option of becoming a governess, but that represented not only miserly wages, even worst it implied becoming barely respectable and existence in an ambiguous class oblivion of social invisibility and no autonomy. What could be worst?
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An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while. Read preview. Alice Ridout and Jessica Cox place these escapist aspects of Lost in Austen in a post-feminist context.
Pride and Prejudice and Passports: A Modern Retelling
This version is reminiscent of but subtly different from the world as sketched by Jane Austen from her own immediate experience. How well do we really know the characters originally created by Jane Austen? When Amanda makes her first acquaintance with Mr. In fact, Mr. In a sense, by providing him with a first name however unlikely a one in a Georgian context , Andrews has made father Bennet more human.
Not strong on brains. It tells us something about Mr. Bennet as an observant as well as a fair-minded man. Priding herself on knowing her favorite novel from cover to cover, Amanda does not really have a clue about the conventions of Georgian society cf. Cox 43 —and neither, of course, do we, even if we are historians.
All we know is what Austen tells us in her novels, combined with what we have been given to see as viewers of Regency costume drama. As readers of the novels, we are not generally bothered by these limitations, but we now realize that perhaps we should be. We can see that he has an interest in astronomy, and he has been given some wistful as well as insightful remarks.
She soon mastered it. She stood between my arms in front of me and took the strain. I believe she has taken it ever since. I am dressed as an adult. Sooner or later I will have to comport myself as one. The time has come for me to tie you well—and let you go. And at Hammersmith, Mr. As to divergent plot events, Jane is in love with Charles Bingley, but out of consideration for her mother first marries Mr. Collins temporarily, that is, because Lady Catherine de Bourgh later annuls the marriage on the grounds of non-consummation ; lonely and pious Charlotte Lucas ends as an African missionary.
Collins, Bingley turns to drink, runs off with Lydia Bennet, and wounds her father in a fight. We trust Bingley, however, when he assures Mr. This philosophical abstinence as well as the non-consummation of the marriage between Mr. It is his duty to return the compliment. An important stage in this development is a scene in the third episode where Amanda, visiting Rosings under false pretenses, impresses Darcy with her magnanimity.
Soon afterwards Darcy admits to Amanda that he was wrong about Charles and Jane, and he invites her to Pemberley, together with Mrs. Bennet and Lydia. I am not Elizabeth. The entire world will hate me. Together we shall make a shambles. When Darcy refuses to marry her after all, Amanda rips up her copy of Pride and Prejudice and strews the torn pages into the pond.