DAY 11. – Favourite classic book.
I haven’t read a lot of the real classics. But of those I have read, Pride and Prejudice is my favourite. I realize this is one of the easy answers but hey, I don’t have a lot of other options. What I love about Pride and Prejudice is well.. everything. I love the weird mother and the proper father, the love between Jane and Mr. Bingley, Elizabeth’s smartness, the scandal of Mr. Wickham and Lydia, the strange Mr. Collins.. I could go on. I love the way Austen writes about love in the face of adversity, falling for each other despite the differences in upbringing and class. Even when two people seem to dislike each other thoroughly, they can end up loving each other if given the chance. It’s a ‘love conquers all’ story and it’s the kind of story I’m very fond of.
Now, I’m probably going to be prosecuted for this but I did actually like the Keira Knighley version of Pride and Prejudice. I realize that the script may have been ‘moderend-up’ a little bit. I’m pretty sure that Elizabeth wasn’t screaming at Darcy after he proposed to her. And I also think there wasn’t any actual kissing in the book. Anyways, I did like the film. I was most fond of Rosamund Pike who played Jane. I thought she was the best of all. I also really liked Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy. I think it’s a good portrayal of the book although probably not as good or accurate as the BBC mini-series. I do have to admit that I never watched the mini-series all the way through.
I am ashamed to say that I haven’t read more by Jane Austen. I have read Emma (I felt obligated to) but that’s about it. I started Mansfield Park once but I got distracted by something shiny and forgot about it. Every time I watch the Jane Auten Book Club I feel so inspired to read all the books at the same time but somehow it never seems to happen. I think I’m going to make a list of books that I have to read and call it my New Years resolution. Gosh, I really need to read more classic books. Especially the Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit. I have to, have to, have to.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife”