Sometimes you don’t realise you’re a fan of something until you take a step back, look at the situation and go “Huh, I really do like this a lot”. Or at least that’s what it’s like for me sometimes. One of those things is Pride and Prejudice. I’ve been trying to think back to my first “contact” with this piece of art, and to be honest – I’m not really sure. I was slightly familiar with the story, but I think the first time I fully concerned myself with it was the 2005 film adaptation of it. Back when I still liked Keira Knightley. For shame.
Since then, nothing, for a long time. And suddenly, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries happened. For those of you who somehow miss out on the greatest part of the internet and haven’t heard of this, TLBD are a YouTube web series, in which Elizabeth Bennet is a 21st century communication student, making a bi-weekly vlog as her dissertation project (click here for the playlist). Since the whole thing was co-produced by one of the vlogbrothers, Hank Green, of course I had to watch it. And since then, things just kind of started rolling.
I watched the BBC series, which is definitely one of my favourite adaptations so far. It’s a lot better than the (more recent) film, and when I say a lot, I mean a lot. I don’t know what it is with recent costume dramas, but they all seem to kind of suck in comparison to those of the late 90s. But I might just be biased by my ever-growing dislike of Keira Knightley and her protruding chin.
I also finally finished reading the original (yay!). And seriously, that is kind of an achievement, because I struggle to find the focus to read anything at the moment. Since I have a kindle app on my iPhone and Pride and Prejudice is free in the kindle store (double yay!), I had no excuse not to read on those long Tube journey without mobile phone reception. And I have to say, Darcy seems a lot more likeable in the book than in any of the adaptations, and Elizabeth comes of as much more of a bitch. So yay for going back to the basics!
The latest sort-of-adaptation I took to was another BBC series – Lost in Austen. Oh boy. Oh boy oh boy oh boy. Some stuff the BBC produces are real gems, but this thing? *shudder* Good thing I was very bored and had nothing else to do, because this was horrible! And kind of pointless, too. It’s about Amanda, an obsessive Pride & Prejudice fan, who gets sent into the story, while Elizabeth Bennet moves to 21st century England. Not a very new premise, and uhm … not very well dealt with. Yeah. Not recommendable.
I do love Pride and Prejudice though. It definitely creeped up on me. Hah. Next thing on my list? Pride and Prejudice and Zombies!
What are your thoughts about this book, and Jane Austen in general? x