Friday, May 18, 2007
Pride and Prejudice
It took me 2 and 1/2 weeks to finish "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, and I'm glad I did. It is a wonderful love story. I watched the BBC miniseries this past weekend. I only intended to watch the first half since I was only halfway into the book but couldn't help myself and finished all 5 hours in one day!
The first part of the book is the hardest to understand because the language is so different. It was hard for me to see the wit in a lot of places, but the BBC miniseries was so close to the book, using a lot of the exact dialogue found in the book, that I was able to finally get it! I would recommend reading the book and watching miniseries and maybe even the most recent movie as I have. I thought the Keira Knightley version would remain my favorite, but the miniseries was so good and thorough to tell much more of the story that I think the latter has surpassed the former.
The miniseries was able to show much more of Mr. Darcy's character than the recent movie that I liked him even more. It also was able to include a lot more of the original characters from the book.
Although at times in the book, I became confused as to who was speaking since there is so much dialogue between the characters, I would still recommend reading it. It's just such a lovely story, and I enjoyed the way Austen wrapped up the lives of all characters at the end of the book. Thanks for the book review on your site Lauren and the miniseries suggestion from you Sonya.