I first tried to read Pride and Prejudice when I was thirteen or so. I don’t think I made it through three pages before I decided it wasn’t for me. The language was old, the form was unfamiliar and I hadn’t realized it was a romance. Blech. I went back to Stephen King and S.E. Hinton.
Fast forward a few decades. NetFlix recommended a BBC miniseries, Lost in Austen. It was a twist on Pride & Prejudice where a modern woman who is obsessed with Austen’s novel finds herself strangely transported into it. I found it to be a charming way to pass my time while on the
treadmill. In fact, I enjoyed it quite a bit. I started thinking I ought to give Pride and Prejudice another try. I downloaded it, and let it sit on my computer for two years. I just never got around to it. I finally made a point of loading it on my new Kindle Fire just after Christmas. I started reading, and immediately remembered why I’d put it down before. However, my more mature self was able to quickly adjust to Austen’s style and I decided I really liked her characters. Well, I didn’t really like Elizabeth simply because Austen makes it apparent she expects her reader to like Elizabeth and I hate to do what I’m told. However, I thought her mother was hilariously embarrassing and the entire chess game of society was interesting. (I’m SO glad we no longer have to strategize every smile or dinner invitation.) In the end, I was impressed by Austen’s accurate analysis of each character’s faults – through Elizabeth’s eyes – and that she found a way for her lovers to reasonably come back together after seeming so far apart. Pride and Prejudice was a satisfying story and I finally understand why a romance novel has become a cherished piece of literature.
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