Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Soaking Wet

Title: Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Bookmark: Pittsburgh area bus schedule (it's $660 for a yearly pass!)

I am not quite sure what possessed me to read this, and even worse, I am now plodding along through Northanger Abbey. The classics? Me? Really? Yikes.

I may have read this in high school - I can no longer remember. However, it wasn't until college that I watched the fantastic BBC mini-series (all at one day, in fact) starring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. This time around (if there was indeed another time) I couldn't read more than a paragraph without picturing scenes from the mini-series.

And I have to admit that I'm horrendously disappointed that the scene from the mini-series where Mr. Darcy goes swimming in his lake and then runs into Elizabeth Bennet while soaking wet is missing! BBC apparently took a few liberties, but I, for one, do not mind that they added that in.

As for the book, who can really say much about the great Jane Austen that hasn't already been said? I enjoyed it, I took comfort in the fact that I'm not stuck sitting at a ball waiting for someone to introduce me to an eligible gentleman, and I'm glad that I learned more than singing, drawing, and sewing.

The characters are, of course, extraordinarily entertaining - Mr. Bennet and his love of silly people and their antics, Mrs. Bennet who is one of the most ridiculous characters I've yet encountered, Jane with all her endless goodwill towards others, Kitty and Lizzy and their complete and utter dingbatedness (best word I could come up with/make up - sorry). The list goes on.

Overall, a delightful read. :)

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posted by Kate at 7:21 PM


Blogger reyn said...

Even when you're NOT reading romance novels, you're making up your own. Randomly inserting soaking wet men to carry you (let's face it, we read to live vicariously through the characters) off to his family estate. Underwater. With vampires. And puffy pirate shirts. And genetically-enhanced super soldiers. Unbelievable.

10/17/2007 10:46 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

I think you are confused. I don't read romance novels. Well, not the type KET reads anyway.

And I didn't randomly insert it. It's in the BBC mini-series, just not in the book.

I think you should attempt to write a novel of your description - "Underwater. With vampires. And puffy pirate shirts. And genetically-enhanced super soldiers."

10/17/2007 11:10 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

You did read Pride & Prejudice in high school. Senior year, Napalo's class. G, surprisingly to me, did not particularly like it. And Napalo told us that while she'd always held Mr. Darcy in great esteem, Captain Wentworth, the British naval officer from Persuasion, had always been her man. (I never forget an Austen discussion!)

The BBC mini-series is AMAZING. Stupendous. Quite possibly, the best adaption of a book to film ever.

There's also the added bathing scene, where only a discretely placed bath robe shields Darcy's "rosy cheeks" from the admiring feminine gaze. That wasn't in the book either. ; )

10/17/2007 9:39 PM  
Blogger reyn said...

good grief, it's Victorian porn.

10/18/2007 6:02 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Scoff all you'd like, reyn...you'd love Mr. Bennett!

10/18/2007 6:54 AM  

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