Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Why I love Pride & Prejudice

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If you have been to my blog for .2 seconds you know I love me some Pride & Prejudice. It's my favourite book, my favourite movie, my favourite TV series. I have read a bazillion sequels or variations, seen all the spin offs and have an entire pinterest board dedicated to it.


But maybe you don't know anything about it? Maybe you've seen the movie and haven't read the book? When we went away for Labor Day, I had just gotten a new copy and was reading it on the way home. I had to stop and read lines out to my friends because I was just so giddy and happy, and my friends didn't understand a lot of them - I'm not gonna lie, it's not an easy read. I read it before I saw the movie in 2005 (I went through a Keira Knightley phase, I never would have seen the movie if I wasn't obsessed with her, so thanks Keira) and barely understood it. I reckon I watched the movie 20 times while it was in theatres, and read the book a few more times before I really understood the writing.


But anywhoozle. Today I wanted to share my favourite things about Pride & Prejudice, all things P&P. Books, movies, tv shows, whatevs. I love it all. So, in no order, here are all the things I love about my favourite story.


This is a quote from the book, when Elizabeth asks Darcy when he fell in love with her.

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And these quotes:


“A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” 
“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.” 
“I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh.” 
“You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.” 
“But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.” 

And of course, this one:
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The soundtrack for the 2005 version is freaking AMAZING. I have taken to listening to it all day erryday, mainly because its nice and soothing and not distracting to listen to at work, and every so often I'll hear a part that takes me right into the movie, thus taking me right into the story and makes me ever so happy. I know when the song comes on it's when Georgiana is playing, or the Netherfield ball... sigh.
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This super old and awesome edition - published 1894. It's only $2500. I love the peacock design and I have it in a shirt, but I would love the book.
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In fact, I love pretty much all of the covers. I have 5 or 6 of my own and don't own any of the cool ones in this list so clearly that needs to change. My favourite thing is buying a copy when I travel.

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Darcy's sweet proposal in the 2005 movie

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And Lizzie's response.
"This argument serves two purposes: It clears up misunderstandings, and it allows both characters to see each other as the true and brave people they really are. It is not enough for them to love each other; they must also love the goodness in each other, and that is where the story’s true emotion lies.”
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Actually, what I most love about that scene, in the book and screen adaptations... well, Roger said it better than I: This argument serves two purposes: It clears up misunderstandings, and it allows both characters to see each other as the true and brave people they really are. It is not enough for them to love each other; they must also love the goodness in each other, and that is where the story’s true emotion lies.

Oh, this scene. Darcy wasn't supposed to be home, but he was, and Elizabeth is so embarrassed and angry at herself because she thinks Darcy might think she is throwing herself at him, and what must he think of her.. all the while, even though she hasn't admitted that she likes him after that disastrous proposal... 
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And Wickham and Lydia both getting exactly what they deserved. Each other.


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I want this mug.
Mrs. Bennet White Ceramic Mug - Inspired by Pride and Prejudice.
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OMFG all the feels.

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The first line of the book.

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Awkward Colin Firth's Mr Darcy

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I adore this quote, about Elizabeth, after Darcy said he had no interest in dancing with women slighted by other men, and that she wasn't handsome enough to tempt him.
Me to a tee.
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And I love this, in the movie, when Lizzie basically says 'yeah I heard you, douche'
-What do you recommend to encourage affection? -Dancing. Even if one's partner is barely tolerable.
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And of course, Bingley's proposal and Jane's adorable acceptance.

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I think Jennifer Ehle captures the playfulnesss of Lizzie perfectly. 
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I think - personally! - the BBC version shows Darcy as a snob and proud, with a little awkwardness towards the end and Lizzie as playful and witty, whereas the 2005 shows Darcy as more shy and awkward, and Lizzie is still playful but overall more serious, with a certain vivacity. The BBC version is very true to the book and is longer than the 2005 movie, so obviously they had to seriously condense the movie. I love both of them, but the BBC version is much more of a time commitment, whereas I can throw the movie on easily. I also like the 80s and the 40s versions, but I don't watch them as much.
YES!!!! Exactly!!----I agree completely.
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I love the ending of the BBC version so.much.more, look how happy they look!

The only true Mr. Darcy, is the one and only Colin Firth (oh how I love)
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I also think the 2005 version had an absolute stellar cast - besides Keira & Matthew Macfadyen, you've got Brenda Blethyn, Donald SutherlandTom HollanderRosamund PikeCarey MulliganJena MaloneTalulah RileyJudi DenchSimon WoodsClaudie Blakley, Kelly Reilly, Rupert FriendPenelope Wilton and Peter Wight.
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This quote. So true - even if it was Caroline who said it.
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But why do I love Pride & Prejudice? 


Austen writes about romance,  manners, upbringing, moralityeducation, humility and marriage. Lizzie is the perfect heroine - one I can actually identify with - I love the plot and the perfectly dreamy ending. I think it is funny, sexy, intense and life changing. In my humble opinion, it is the best book ever written.

Do you have a book or movie that you are just as obsessed with as I am with P&P? Image Map

53 comments:

  1. I am so in love with this post! As you know, Pride and Prejudice is also my favorite book. It has been since my freshman year of high school. I love re-reading it and watching all the different adaptations. However, my favorite will always be the BBC version. I adore Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. :D

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  2. I love the 2005 movie! And the soundtrack, be still my heart! It's definitely on my ipod and brings me back to places in the movie just as you described. Now I feel like I need to see the 1995 version and maybe reread the book. I was much more a fan of the movie than the book, which is strange for me.

    Also, can I just be Lizzie? I think I just need to change my name. My dad would be thrilled since he picked Elizabeth anyways, lol.

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  3. I love the 2005 movie, but I also love the BBC series. :) I like the ending better in 2005 when they're alone with one another, sharing that quiet moment as man and wife and truly, truly together. I read this book in high school, so I was probably 15 or so, and I loved it then too. I like that she has such a strong female lead - and people forget that given the time when women were basically property, Austen was writing about strong willed women who didn't like or necessarily accept the status quo. That was pretty darn gutsy back then!

    And I have to ask, have you seen Austenland? It's a total tongue in cheek sort of comedy (about a woman obsessed with Austen), but for an Austen pride & prejudice based comedy? I actually loved it (and I tend not to in these cases. My daughter - 16 - has watched it about six times now, but she loves comedies and a good romance!)

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  4. I LOVE Pride & Prejudice! I first saw the BBC version before I read the book, and I've always had a soft spot for Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy. Still like the 2005 movite though, you cant really go wrong with P&P to be fair.

    Although from reading the book Persuasion is actually my favourite

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    1. i'm actually reading Persuasion for the first time right now - love it so far!

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    2. Just highjacking Cecilia's comment because Persuasion is the BEST BOOK EVER! Captain Wentworth is my ideal man! I prefer the 2005 film of P&P (which I saw with Cecilia;)), have actually never been able to sit down and watch the series though - I don't have that kind of attention span haha!

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    3. I'm almost finished! I have seen the movie though, but yes I do love Captain Wentworth!

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  5. Ok don't hate me but I've never seen Pride & Prejudice but I have read the book! Sounds like I need to watch it for sure though! I really love that book... the peacock feathers are amazing! I just wish it wasn't $2500... that's a bit out of my price range! :)

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  6. i love the book and the movies! good reminder to spend this weekend watching it and cozying up!

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  7. I love Pride and Prejudice, but Emma is actually my favorite Jane Austen book! And weirdly enough I have never actually seen the 2005 version of the movie, but I love and own the BBC version, Lizzie is definitely my fav character!

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  8. I love this book and love that you love it so much!!! Awesooooome post!

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  9. You may have just sold me on reading the book...and watching the movie - don't hate me that I haven't done either, but I do know how Mr. Darcy is that's for sure!!

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  10. Oh my gosh. I got chills reading this post! I forgot how much I love Pride and Prejudice! I will definitely be re-watching this week! I must admit that I've been too intimidated to try reading the book, but you've convinced me that I will love it (and hopefully understand it after the tenth read, HA!)

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  11. I think I just went through like every emotion reading this post (and I may have read it twice)! I can't get enough of the Keira version of that movie-- I think it's one of the only movies I want to re-start as soon as it's over and just watch over and over again. I have to admit, I've never seen the BBC miniseries, though I probably need to watch it.

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  12. You are adorable haha :) I remember reading this book in my first year Uni in one of my English Lit classes and I really loved it - though I haven't seen the movie yet !! I really want to though, your posts make me interested in seeing it and it re-reading the book some time soon :)

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  13. i love the 2005 version the most. i can watch it over and over and over. oh dear, just reading htis post is making me want to watch it again!

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  14. I too love Pride and Prejudice but have not read the book. I can't really tell you a movie that I am obsessed with more than the movie Selena. It is based on true events and I loved her while she was alive. I usually watch that movie when I am sad though... I need to step my movie game up over here... haven't watched many new movies lately.

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  15. You're so cute! I love the story too but I haven't read the book. Shameful I know, but I just get so bored when I try. Maybe I'll need to give it another go. I love the BBC version too but ya, talk about time commitment! It's like 6 hours or longer.

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  16. You are just precious, my lady. I've never read the book, but I fully believe when I do, it will be impart to you!

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  17. Um Pride and Prejudice is my favorite movie (the kiera version) of all time!!!! so sososososooooo good. knew i liked you.

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  18. Ok ok I'll do it...I'll watch it. (DON'T SHOOT) I haven't seen this! (or read it and I know its a classic!)

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  19. I love you love it so much.
    Jane Austen scares me. I feel like I have to study every sentence deeply to understand. I'z not smart :)
    I didn't even understand the movie.. that's how dumb I am.
    Though I did love Sense & Sensibility movie - is that Jane Austen.
    Am I totally making you cringe right now?
    I do have an obsession with retelling of Beauty & the Beast books. I have a few in a shelf in my library.

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  20. I love this too! Great post, love all the little gifs!

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  21. So this has been on my to do list for a long time. I have never really gotten into period pieces but I think you may have sold me! I typically stick with funny chick lit that does not require me to think too hard and has a little bit of smut in it!

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  22. I should revisit it. I did put that North and South series in my Netflix queue due to you!

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  23. I must tell you that I have never read or watched Pride and Prejudice. I don't know how I have missed it but due to this post and your suggestion I am going to watch and read it. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  24. I've never read or watched Pride and Prejudice, but I guess I should! I also went through a Keira Knightley phase. Have you seen Atonement? SO good. I loved the soundtrack for that movie, and I have it in with my classical music for when I am writing.

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    1. oh I love Atonement - I think I read the book as well, though it was so long ago. I will have to check out that soundtrack!

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  25. One of my favorites:) Great quotes:)

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  26. Love your love for P&P! I've actually never read the book but I love the movie, even though i haven't seen it in ages! I think I need to bring it out! OMG that $2500 copy is so pretty! I think you should save up for it! ;)

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  27. I think I just missed too much of the plot with how they speak, which makes me bummed because it's such a classic (and Keira is everything in period pieces!). I always think of you when I see anything P&P (no idea why ;) ).

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  28. You make me want to like it more. I did see the 2005 movie but it has been so long. For some reason I really love the movie the Family Stone and can watch it over and over. With books I tend not to since there is such an ever growing list to read every year.

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  29. I can't even tell you how much I love this post! Pride and Prejudice is my all time FAVORITE, especially the 1995 version, though I love them all! I had the 1995 version on VHS, which was, like, 7 tapes I think? And I have watched it more times than I can count. Yes to everything you said about it! I love love love Lizzie, I think she is by far one of the most brilliantly written characters ever.

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  30. I'm ebarassed to say that for as much of a reader as I am, I have yet to read P & P. It's on my list, it just hasn't happened yet. But this post got me really excited for it!

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  31. Several years ago (high school) I tried to read the book but couldn't get in to it. Perhaps I need to revisit it. don't hate me. I do love your enthusiasm and love for it though!

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  32. I'm with you girl! We shouldn't have to choose which version we love. LOVE them all!!!! I tend to prefer Colin and Jennifer, just because Keira(ew) and Matthew aren't my faves, but the rest of the 05 cast is just absolute and total perfection.

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  33. Aw this was such a sweet post. I just love when anyone loves something, especially a text, so much. I have to confess though I haven't read P&P since that one time in (I think) high school, and I have this terrible way of really forgetting everything about a book/movie after I've read/seen it unless I've read/seen it enough time to memorize it. I've just added it to my fall reading list though, because I do have a copy that needs some more love. Oh and I'm crazy about that mug!

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  34. Of course you did! I love this post and I LOVE that mug even though I'm not as die-hard as you (:

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  35. I've never read the book or seen the movie but now I want to add it to my list!

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  36. Yay! The part in the movie when he takes her hand to help her into the carriage?! *dies* The movie is so incredibly beautiful <3

    Have you watched The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? I've probably already asked you that.

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  37. Ok so don't hurt me but I have never read Pride and Prejudice. I've always wanted to (or at least see the movie) but I always seem to forget about it when picking out my next read. I will have to make sure it is my next read though after this post :)

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  38. I've never actually read it. I'm a huge Gone With The Wind fan and would KILL for a 1st edition though, so I hear you on that!

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  39. haha I wish I loved a book as much as you love P&P. Well I may have a few, but I don't think the passion is as deep as yours! A friend of mine and I were on the hunt for a particular book for over a year, it was so much fun always looking in thrift shops for it. We could have bought it online or in the store, but that's not as fun. I feel like I should read P&P if only to look for cool copies in book stores!

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  40. I looove P&P, but I'm nowhere near as obsessed as you :) I should read the book again, I think. Thanks for reminding me!

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  41. Are you going to totally defriend me when I tell you I haven't read it? I think you need to send me a copy right now and I'll have it done by the weekend......or month.....this weekend is kind of crazy ;-) I loved your synthesis though.....gifs make everything better.

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  42. I love this post so absolutely damn much! I love the photo that compares the two adaptations - and it took me basically forever to read through this post because I was perhaps kind of semi recreating the scenes haha

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  43. I just wrote a novel of a comment ab my shared love of this book and it got deleted :( As I can't remember most of what I was fangirling on ab, I shall venture to make this brief. I wrote a blog review about this novel last year calling it my favorite novel ever. I literally cried after finishing this novel, something I've only done 2x because of how wonderfully written and how well I relate to the main character. In sum, I must tell you, how ardently I admire and love this post, Kristen :) oh and I need that mug. Like NEED, right now!

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  44. This post is awesome. The 2005 film is my favorite live action movie ever. I always recite every line of it along with the actors :) It used to be hard for me to get into Jane Austen's writing style, but after I saw the film, I decided to give the book another go. Now I've read it 4 times and love it to death. The BBC version is definitely a faithful adaptation, but I find I'm not as emotionally invested in it. The film makes the characters feel more like real people to me. It's so gorgeous! P&P FOREVER!

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    1. oh fabulous, i am glad you enjoy the book as much as me lol! i do like the BBC version for its faithfulness but, secretly, i love the 2005 version way more! yay P&P forever haha

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  45. So, yes, Pride & Prejudice is my favorite book and has been since I was about 14. I love all of Jane Austen's writings, but Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy caught my heart at an early age. I love her writings so much that my oldest son was named after her - his middle name is Austen, with an "e" in her honor.

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  46. I'll be honest, I skimmed this... barely. But only because I'm starting to read it and I don't want any spoilers or ideas in place. I feel this way about Gone With the Wind though. And regretfully, I've never read the book. I fell in love with the movie first, but it's on my list to read because.. I have to. :)

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  47. Ok I LOVED this post. And yes I may or may not be going back and reading lots of your posts ( sorry I'm not sorry) but everything you just said you loved about Pride And Prejudice is totally what I love about it. Now I don't think I love it to your extent but it's still there. Well done you! :)

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