Friday, January 6, 2012

Pride & Prejudice

In November, my book club read Pride and Prejudice. Having never read the book or seen the movie , Mr. Darcy had a LOT of hype to live up to.

(Especially Movie Mr. Darcy. I started watching the movie before I had finished reading the book, and I did NOT like movie Mr. Darcy. I had to stop. He was ruining Mental Image Mr. Darcy and that was not okay.)

Once I finished reading the book the morning of our book club meeting, I chose what I thought was my Pride and Prejudice-iest shirt and baked some scones. 

My shirt was deemed P&P worthy because it had some ruffles. Good enough. 

Book club that month was in Lauren's beautiful house.

I almost felt like we were in a British mansion in the 1800s listening to Elizabeth Bennet (aka Lauren) describe how Mr. Darcy (aka Justin) proposed. Congratulations, Lauren!

We started by attempting to read the front cover. It was difficult, as you can see.

Then someone asked, "Wait, which one was Elizabeth Bennett in the movie? Winona Ryder?" and we decided to talk about something else. 

As for my opinion, I expected the old-fashioned language to bore me, as it used to when I read books for English class. I was pleasantly surprised, but I definitely don't think Mr. Darcy filled the ENORMOUS shoes that the world built for him. I was more impressed by Elizabeth Bennett, who was way ahead of her time. As far as the romance, the last half of the book, where Elizabeth kept hearing from others that Mr. Darcy loved her, made me smile - it reminded me of the fun feeling you get in high school when you hear a boy might like you. Or, in my case, when you're in college and your friend tells you a boy you like likes you and it turns out she was lying. (but by that point it doesn't matter because you're engaged to him.)

PS: This is how Y believes Pride and Prejudice must be read (and this is what Ike thinks of the book):


  1. OH MY GOODNESS!!! I just spit up my water. That was awesome.

  2. Alright. I've finally settled in to read P&P and I'm stalling. I do know the story and have seen the movie (I agree, Mr. Darcy was lame) but I struggle with the language. I figure that is the best reason to keep going- it makes me sad that I find the classics challenging. lol. I'll keep trudging...because I too think E is fabulous.

  3. Ooh, fun. Scones and tea would be a great bookclub menu for P&P... One of my most favorite books ever - I love Elizabeth Bennett too. And the whole story, really.

    And as for movie Mr. Darcy, you weren't watching the Keira Kightley movie version were you?! I didn't like that Mr. Darcy, nor did I think she was a good Lizzie at all (way too brooding). The A&E version is the one to watch. Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy lives up to the hype, in my humble opinion.

  4. Winona Ryder was is the version I watched.

  5. please tell me how it is that i'm JUST NOW SEEING this post of yours?

    i have been missing book club a lot lately.

    ps - hope you don't mind that i'm catching up on (aka STALKING) your blog at this late hour...

    - lauren