PRIDE & PREJUDICE by Jane Austen [Review]

Pride Prejudice Book

If you are a fan of romantic comedy then Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice needs to be in your book collection immediately. The story is about the Bennets, a middle class family in England, around the year of 1813, which consists of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and their 5 daughters. Jane and Elizabeth are the oldest and most responsible. Mary is the book worm, and Lydia and Kitty are the flirty troublemakers. The only thing that makes this family much different from a modern day family is that since the Bennet’s had no sons, their estate must be passed down to a male cousin (the creepy Mr. Collins). With the expense of having 5 mouths to feed, and the looming threat of getting turned out of their home should Mr. Bennet die, Mrs. Bennet is hugely invested in getting her daughters married (preferably to rich men). Enter the rich, single, and charming Mr. Bingly, who has just moved to town from the north and his rich, single, proud, friend Mr. Darcy. This is where the story begins. The focus is primarily on Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with love, deception, an embarrassing family, as well as her station in life as single, middle class, female in early 1800s England.

Although this is a short book (less than 300 pages), what makes it so wonderful is the loveable characters. Most people that are a fan of the book instantly fall in love with Elizabeth Bennet. I think it’s because a lot of us can relate to her. She’s just okay in everything (looks, singing, piano, wealth), yet it doesn’t seem to bother her. She’s much happier going for a walk or reading a good book than gossiping or chasing boys. At the same time, she’s not shy about expressing her opinion…to anyone. Her interactions with Mr. Darcy have been described as “a comedy of manners” which I would say is both accurate and completely, well, English.

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  • http://spekaingjose.wordpress.com Jose

    So do you think that the filmakers that have made Pride and Prejudice type movies have done a good job in caturing the essence of the story and characters?

  • amie

    Yes! I love both the film and the BBC mini series. It’s one of the few adaptations that have been done well in my opinion. I’ve seen the movie about a million times haha :)