Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Pride & Prejudice

Classics Bookclub

5 Minutes For Books is hosting a Classics Bookclub, and this months selection is Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.

I absolutely love Pride & Prejudice. I first fell in love with it in high school, I admit I was forced to read it, but I was won over right on the first chapter. Since then I've re-read it several times (maybe more - but who's counting), and with each read I get something else out of it. Yes, we have the Darcy's and Lizzie's love story, but there's so much more...The characters are so rich, Mr. Bennet's sarcasm, Mrs. Bennet' nerves, Jane' sweetness, Mr. Collins' absurdity, Wickham's easy manner and wickedness, and Lady Catherine's rants on proper society...and much more! How can I resist it?!

Just last Friday, this happened:

Hubby: "You're reading it again?"
Me: "Yep."
Hubby: "What's the big deal with this book?"
Me: "It's a great story. The characters are amazing."
Hubby: "And Mr. Darcy."
Me: "Yes, him too."
Hubby: "I still don't get it."
Me: "It's a story about first impressions. Both Darcy and Lizzie think they know each other, and they are wrong. While he falls in love with her sooner, she slowly gets to know him and understand his manner, falls in love with him. Then Wickham and Lydia elope, and Lizzie feels like nothing can be done to save their reputations. And he does everything in his power to make her happy."
Hubby: "Yep, typical romance. I guess you'll be watching the movies, again. It's an obsession."

He does have a point there, I'll be watching the movies again. The mini-series with Colin Firth, and the movie with Keira Knightley. It sure does sound like an obsession, doesn't it?

Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen (Re-read) Classic Literature; First published in 1813; 100 + Reading Challenge(54);(Classics Bookclub (1); Keeper shelf;


Lisa writes... said...

Okay, are you a fly on the wall in my house 'cuz that sounds JUST LIKE a conversation between me and MY husband!

Thanks for joining us! This is fun reading everyone's thoughts and reviews!

Dev said...

I have the same obsessions. Love P & P! I've read the book more than a few times.

My favorite movie version, of course, is the A&E Colin Firth version ~ I think the Keira Knightley version is cute, but they cut too much out of the story.

Thanks so much for posting about it!

Nise' said...

My family saw me reading the book again and warned each other that I would be "hogging" the DVD player watching "it" again! LOL I am glad you began to love P & P in high school, I did not like it then. What was I thinking?

Leya said...

Lisa, thanks for stopping by Wandeca Reads. :)

I'm sure if my husband just gave it a try, he may enjoy it! hmmm, maybe not! lol

Leya said...

Dev, it's a wonderful obsession to have! Mr. Darcy! :D

Thanks for stopping by Wandeca Reads. :)

Leya said...

Nise', I remember when my English teacher brought out the list of books that we were reading that year, and I thought I wasn't going to like any of them. At the time I thought who in their right mind would want to read books by authors that have been dead for hundreds of years. Some of those books I didn't like, but P&P had that something that grabbed me, and it also helped that the teacher made it so much fun!

Thanks for stopping by Wandeca Reads! :D

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

I love everyone talking about the circular obsession, and after this (my first) reading of it, the first thing I wanted to do is watch one of the movies!

I'll be working on the mini-series next week.