Wednesday, January 25, 2012

yes, I'm writing about this again...

Ok, so I've written about this before, and I'm sure I will write about it again at some point in my life, but let me say I am so indebted to Jane Austen for one of the best books ever written.  Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite stories, whether in movie form or the original novel. 

Recently, with a day off of school and Charlie at work, I had a Jane Austen day.  I started with the BBC miniseries of P&P and then the 2005 Kiera Knightley version of P&P.  I love both versions, and there are pros and cons to both. 

Here is what I've learned, though, as I've watched these movies more than once, and after a recent re-read of the novel:  Mr. Darcy loves her first.  You're probably saying, "DUH."  And yes, I knew that, because he proposes to her and she refuses, but it didn't really occur to me that it happened that way.  I think I always just thought that they got together at the end, but I like that it isn't Elizabeth Bennet pining for Mr. Darcy the whole book through, but rather that man in the story is ensnared first.  I like that, and I imagine that was pretty gutsy for the time being. 

All this to say that I these Regency era stories are something I quite enjoy and I quite often run into women my age that feel the same way.  Of course, there's always the argument about whether Colin Firth or Matthew MacFadyen is the better Mr. Darcy, but I like them both for different reasons. 

So, here is a poll of you like Jane Austen?  Which one is your favorite?  Feel free to comment and share as much as you wish!  I can't wait to hear. 


Frizzy said...

I LOVE HER! I love all those period stories made into movies. I can't wait til Sunday nights when Masterpiece theatre is on.

As for who I prefer as Mr. Darcy? I adore Colin Firth. There is just something about him. He made me fall in love during Bridget Jones and I'm his forever. LOL

Colleen said...

I love Jane Austen too. I don't know that I have a favorite. I just like them all.

All in His Perfect Timing said...

I do like the movie with Kiera Knightly and prefer Colin Firth, definitely. I do enjoy a good period romance movie / novel, but don't have a favorite of Jane Austin.
I really like the book Jane Eyre.

Alison said...

Well, you know how much of a romantic I am. ;) I do remember watching the Gwyneth Paltrow version of Emma with you and that was my first taste of Jane Austen.

the misfit said...

Love Jane Austen. Colin Firth is an awesome Darcy (although I picture Darcy thinner and more angular with a more forbidding face), but I really can't stand the Keira Knightley version. Nothing beats the book, though...I really need to re-read it every year.