Monday, 28 January 2013

200 Years of Pride and Prejudice

It's hard to imagine that my favourite Jane Austen book, Pride and Prejudice, is 200 years old today. It must be one of the most enduring romantic and literary novels in the world and it still has the power to gather a devoted following in many different countries.

One reason for this is surely the hero of the story, Mr Darcy, the very essence of the tall, dark brooding man who eventually steals the heroine's heart. But P&P also contains one of the most attractive heroines in Elizabeth Bennet and their love story is all the more romantic for his intial pride and her prejudice.

I'm sure I'm not only person to fall in love with Mr Darcy as portrayed by Colin Firth in the 1995 BBC production of P&P and it remains my favourite dramatised version of the novel. And I still think of Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet. Apart from Elizabeth and Darcy's own story, the novel has a wonderful array of other characters, beautifully portrayed in this drama.

Here's a clip from that famous production. Enjoy!



Linda Kage said...

Happy Birthday to P&P!!! I have to admit, I haven't read the original version yet. I've seen the Colin Firth movie, and the newer adaption with Keira Knightly. Love them both! And I've read all sorts of remakes of the story in young adult and modern versions. I also saw that movie Lost in Austen and loved it too. I really SHOULD read Jane Austen's version because it is one of my all-time favorite stories!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Hello Linda - thanks for commenting! I think you'd really enjoy the actual book as it's very amusing as well as being a great romantic read.