It is a truth universally acknowledged…
Why did you not do Pride and Prejudice first in Book Club, Katherine? Loads of people love it and it’s probably the best known of Austen’s work. And Colin Firth, Katherine, did you think about Colin Firth?
Rest assured, I did think about Colin Firth. I can’t remember my reasoning when I decided on book order, but we are here now.
I love Pride and Prejudice. It’s the first Austen I ever read, the first adaptation I ever saw, (Colin, of course), and I must have re-read it more than any other book. It was my comfort when I was struggling at uni, and it continues to inspire me and give me joy every time I return to it. And each time I do, I find something different to love. As I’ve grown, and my feelings towards love and relationships have evolved, I’ve discovered new things to love in the book. It’s the template for so much modern romantic fiction – with Pride and Prejudice, Austen’s impact on the way we see love in modern society cannot be overestimated.
So enough of me gushing, let’s get to the blurb:
Pride and Prejudice is an 1813 romantic novel by Jane Austen. It 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. The comedy of the writing lies in the depiction of manners, education, marriage and money during the Regency era in Britain.
In the two minutes I spent searching in obvious places for a blurb, it looks like they don’t bother giving you much info, and assume you know what it’s about. To be honest, I thought the same thing, that the story of P&P was part of global consciousness, until I watched the Colin one with my husband. It was amazing. It was all new to him, and watching him journey through the plot brought me so much joy. In addition, he now realises just how much I quote it in everyday life.
So if you’ve never read it before, and if you are coming to the story fresh, I am so excited for you, and looking forward so much to hearing your thoughts as you make your way through.
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Another irritating Wordsworth edition cover. Let’s not get into that again.
- Saturday 23rd February 2019 – Facebook Group Book Club Discussion
Don’t forget to keep and eye on twitter and instagram for Bridal Book Club chat and pics. If you’re watching any of the adaptations, please share your thoughts either in the Facebook Group, or on twitter with #bridalbookclub.
And if you like thinking about Colin Firth, this excellent Twitter will be just your thing.
There are plenty of adaptations, spin offs and homages which I’m going to be linking to and talking about here on the blog, and on twitter and instagram, so if you love P&P, there are loads of ways to get more Darcy in your life!
And here’s a reminder of the book order coming up, if you want to read ahead:)