Monday, January 9, 2017

Pride and Prejudice

I have a lot of classics on my shelf, and I love classics!  Well, that might not actually be true.  I love reading classics to see what everyone knows about them and to be cultured.  I don't necessarily look forward to reading them all, but I push through and do it anyway to accomplish a goal.

It's just like how I don't like exercising per se, but I do like it because it is good for me.  So all in all I do like it.

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Because of my determination to read a ton of classics, I have kind of pushed off some of the books I really want to read, because I know deep down I also want to read the classics even if I don't feel like it all the time.  Like how an old married couple stays together for fifty years even if they don't feel in love all the time.

Okay what am I talking about???

The point is that this principal does not apply to Pride and Prejudice.  It is a book that a) makes me feel accomplished for reading a classic and b) is a book I really like and want to read even on a shallower level.

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I first encountered Pride and Prejudice through the 2005 movie (audible gasps are heard from fans who hate that movie) and to be honest, I really loved it.  It was probably from ignorance of the original source material or something, but I was able to look over the blatant historical inaccuracies and enjoy the story.

I am a sucker for a good romance, and also the film had music that was really simple but impactful.  I love piano and strings (uh, duh that's why I play piano and violin...) and this soundtrack featured them heavily.  By the way, A Postcard to Henry Purcell is one of my favorite songs to play on violin.  Take a listen!

But I'm not here to talk about the film!!!!

I decided to read the book because I liked the story a lot and it's usually true that the book is better than the film.  In this specific, case, I don't have a strong opinion either way since both the book and the film were enjoyable in their own way.

Lizzie's character was a bit more refined in the book it seemed, and her relationship with Mr. Darcy was slower to progress.

I wish that there was more about Jane and Bingley because to be honest they are just the best ever.  Bingley is an awkward ginger just like me!!

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Early on in the film, I really hated Darcy and came to like him by the end, but in the book he was even more detestable at the start (if less lovable at the end).  I do really love his conversation he had with Lizzie about how it is hard for him to introduce himself to people at balls.  Me too, Darcy!  Me too!!

Anywho, I adore Jane Austen's writing style and the intricacy of the vocabulary.   It's a pretty big inspiration for me.

So final opinions?  This book is totally worth a read whether you liked the films or not.  It's different from the films for those who disliked either one, but similar enough to please people who want a supplement to films they enjoyed.

I can clearly see myself going back to Pride and Prejudice and other Jane Austen novels for inspiration and enjoyment in the future.

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  1. Yay, you liked it! :D

    And high-five for P&P'05. You mentioned almost all the reasons I enjoy it.

    Have you seen the '95 version? I've been slowly re-watching it lately, and though it isn't as fast-moving as '05, I find it truly hilarious. Mr. Collins is perfect. xD

    1. I have not actually seen the '95 version--I started watching it but it was really slow in starting and I never got around to actually finishing. It's on my list of movies to watch, so I'll try to get back to it eventually.