200 Years of Pride and Prejudice

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“I must confess that I think her as delightful a character as ever appeared in print, and how I shall be able to tolerate those who do not like her at least, I do not know.” Jane Austen

 

 

 

I can certainly relate to her to her feelings. Rejections of beloved characters suck. You can spin them anyway you please, but they’re still hard to swallow. Having said that I have a confession to make. I’ve never read Jane Austen. I’ve tried (not very hard) and given up (too lazy to continue). I’ve plans to change this lack. The long anticipated months of July and August will see me toting around a copy of Pride and Prejudice. After my adventures of reading Jane Eyre last summer I’m encourage to give another classic a go. And 2013 is the 200th anniversary of it’s publication.

200 hundred years of Lizzie Bennet.

“Only the deepest love will persuade me into matrimony, which is why I will end up an old maid.” Lizzie Bennet, Pride and Prejudice

200 hundred years of Mr. Darcy.

“She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me.” Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

While I may not have read the book I’m familiar with the story having watched the 2005 movie version many times. You know, on those days when you need to experience some time travel to get you through the day. Usually shared with obscene amounts of chocolate and balanced by cups of hot tea. But last night I watched a live theater adaption by Christina Calvit and directed by Marti Maraden. Done in the round at the Globe Theatre here in Regina, it was an ambitious undertaking. Very few props, as is the tradition, the insightful costuming helped tell the story and give a sense of place and time in Regency England. It was a delightful mix of veteran actors and graduates of the most recent Globe Theatre Actor Conservatory program. An enchanting combination of experience and innocence.

After being mocked during a recent suppertime conversation about the man to woman ratio in films and tv, it was refreshing to sit and enjoy a story showcasing women with men playing generally supporting roles. Pick a drama, count the female roles versus male roles. Of my favorites, H5O – three males cops, one female. Sherlock – One female Sherlock in training, the rest males (unless they’re a victim). NCIS (either one) – three male agents, one female. Longmire – One sheriff, two male deputies, one female deputy. The Vampire Dairies – Elana caught between two brothers.

But I digress.

Her stories are love stories. And relevant today. We still struggle to understand each other. She gifted her characters with the courage to choose happiness. We still search for it. No matter your gender.

Have you read Pride and Prejudice? Seen the movie? The play? Care to give an opinion?

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2 thoughts on “200 Years of Pride and Prejudice

  1. Hi Karyn,
    I’ve seen the BBC ‘Pride and Prejudice’ miniseries with Colin Firth (the best Darcy ever!) more times than I care to remember. Ditto the film version with Kira Knightly. I also saw a theatre version a few years ago at Manitoba Theatre Centre (MTC). Loved it! As much as I loved the TV and film versions, the theatre production was the one that really hit me emotionally, maybe because it was live. I was struck by how much funnier this version was in places. And I’ll never forget the look on Mr. Darcy’s face, and his body language, when Elizabeth rejects him. With one look, the actor totally sold us on his love for Elizabeth and his devastation. Very memorable.

    I confess I have only read one Jane Austen book. Years ago I received a copy of ‘Emma’ that my mother-in-law picked up at a garage sale. It took me a while to get into it, much like I found ‘Jane Eyre’ last summer. But once I got past the slow opening, it really took off and I enjoyed it immensely. Jane Austen is definitely worth the effort.
    Jana

    • I found the live version was funnier, too. The actors playing Mr. Collins and Mrs. Bennet had us all laughing at their gauche moves. It was a great night. I loved seeing it live.

      I’ve never watched the BBC version but have heard so many positive reviews, especially of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. One of these days I’m going to have to watch it. And I look forward to reading it!

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