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It’s the 28th January 1813, and Jane Austen has just published Pride and Prejudice. Flash forward 208 years to 2021, and Pride and Prejudice is a beloved and cherished classic with tv and film adaptations, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube and has an everlasting influence bigger than Austen could ever have imagined on the world’s literature and film.
Pride and Prejudice was the first Jane Austen book I read, and like many, it was the book that made me fall in love with all things Austen. It is the romance that I compare all romances to, without thinking. I think WFDDT (Would Fitzwilliam Darcy Do That?) or WWLBD (What Would Lizzie Bennet Do?) Even though I’ve read countless romances and all of Austen’s works, Lizzie and Darcy’s romance will always be where my mind goes to when I’m trying to distinguish whether I like or love a romance in a book. I’m under an Austen spell.
I’ve read Pride and Prejudice three times, and I will read it again and again. The most recent time that I read it, I think I enjoyed it the most. I laughed a lot more because I’ve gradually learnt to understand Austen’s wit with the help of her other books. There is just something so comforting about reading her books – I feel content and so happy. I’ve watched Pride and Prejudice (1995) countless times – just whenever I can’t find anything I fancy on Netflix, my finger goes and taps on Colin Firth’s face. When I’m down, I reach out for Pride and Prejudice (2005). When I want to laugh, I make the effort to plug in my DVD player and put on Pride and Prejudice (1940). It’s honestly truly magical sometimes the way Pride and Prejudice can lift my mood, and I’m sure it’s the same for many lovers of Austen. Countless actors have played them, countless times the words of Austen has been said, but it’s always the same feeling: Home. I’ve watched Keira Knightley run out into the rain and Matthew Macfadyen saunter across the fields at Dawn in his long coat so many times during Lockdown.
Unbeknownst to Jane Austen, she’s comforted and brought so much joy to people 208 years later, suffering through a pandemic. I wish she knew. I wish someone could tell her that her scribblings she published anonymously as ‘a Lady’ would last hundreds of years after it’s publication. That it’s never been out of print. That it’s sold 20 million copies worldwide. That it would last. And last for probably another 200 years, possibly even more because there is nothing more iconic than its opening line:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”Jane Austen, ‘Pride and Prejudice’
If you’re interested in what I think and feel about Jane Austen, I made an entire post dedicated to her and her works: https://bookswithbroganx.wordpress.com/2020/11/05/i-have-a-jane-austen-obessesion%f0%9f%92%95/
Here’s a just a small fraction of books that are influenced/retellings of Pride and Prejudice. I think they’re one of my favourite things to read, if I’m being honest. I still need to read a lot of them:
- Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
- Written In The Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur
- Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
- Pride by Ibi Zoboi
- Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
- Longbourn by Jo Baker
- Pride & Prejudice and Passports by Corrie Garrett
Have you read any of these books? One of these books are on my February TBR! I’m incredibly excited for it!
I’m going to celebrate this glorious day with a Pride and Prejudice film marathon and big cup of tea & biscuits. What are you doing to celebrate ‘Pride and Prejudice Day’? What adaptation is your favourite?