Caesar, all hail! Good ‘morrow, worthy Caesar.
Why on earth did I decide to put in that greeting when it has absolutely nothing to do with the post? I’m not entirely sure. But I’m in a Julius Caesar play Storyhaven’s doing, and the lines have been running through my mind like a clock. XD Is…is that the correct metaphor? If not, I just made one up, so hooray for me. 😀
(In case you’re wondering, I play the soothsayer, Decius, and Lepidus) (The soothsayer gets to do all that “BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH stuff”, Decius convinces – the very indecisive – Caesar to go to his death, and Lepidus gets brutally roasted by Mark Antony) (It’s gonna be a great show, ain’t it?)
Anyway, so The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is a classic. But if you fast forward roughly 200 years, you’ll find another masterpiece. Pride and Prejudice.
Going into Jane Austen’s novel, I was prejudiced. XD I had tried to read it before, but I only got to half of Book 1 before I gave up. This time though, I was able to read with two other friends – though one’s still halfway through Book 1 and the other hasn’t gotten a hold on it – and now I adore with all my heart.
What caused this change? (It seems that today is my day for long intros, wow) Well, that’s what I’m going to be covering in this review.
Since I don’t have the knack of wrapping up long intros, I’m just going to jump in the post without ending it. This is now the time where I may awkwardly slide out of the spotlight.
Pride and Prejudice
Overall Rating: 5/5
Genre: To quote, “1813 Romantic Novel”
Synopsis: (Taken off Goodreads)
“Since its immediate success in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has remained one of the most popular novels in the English language. Jane Austen called this brilliant work “her own darling child” and its vivacious heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, “as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print.” The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and her proud beau, Mr. Darcy, is a splendid performance of civilized sparring. And Jane Austen’s radiant wit sparkles as her characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making this book the most superb comedy of manners of Regency England.”
Now, I get to go into details. This will be fun. 😛
The development wowed me, goodness. There were twists and turns that I most certainly did not expect, and moments where I was tempted to hurl my book across the room except I had a nice copy and didn’t really want to hurt it.
The storyline was so nicely constructed – it’s not like one of those fast-paced books where there’s plot twists here and there and you’re just being raced along, adrenaline’s pounding, then somebody dies…No, nobody dies in this book. At least, not to my remembrance. Eh, they probably weren’t that important. *waves hand*
Jaw-smashing, heart-wrenching, tear-inducing plot twists? No. Read pretty much any other YA novel, my friend. (Not that I have anything against those, but I felt that it was necessary to make a point) The plot twists weren’t extremely exciting from a modern reader’s perspective, but Jane Austen pulls you in so much, that it shocked. No sobbing, but shock.
Nothing in this book needs sobbing, except for perhaps tHe TeNsIoN between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. But that was more stress. Blood and sweat, but no tears. By the way, that still strikes me as a disgusting expression, since I just imagine all those tears, sweat, and blood being mingled…all right, I’ll stop.
So, yes – Pride and Prejudice has a solid plot, which I was very much delighted to read.
Jane Austen has a marvelous writing style – it’s witty and makes you feel as if you were right back in Regency England. Which, of course, wouldn’t have been hard for Jane Austen as she actually WAS in Regency England. However, that’s a detail that we’ll skip because me, in 21st Century America, truly felt like I was back in the 1800s attending balls in those really high-waisted dresses. What were with those?
I also feel that I need to express the tension between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth more. I must admit – the ending did not have me entirely satisfied, because I wanted more of that chemistry once it had already been ignited. However, I guess we can’t have everything. 😛
And she’s funny! People say that classics are poky and preachy, but Pride and Prejudice wasn’t. It’s hilarious. The satire was amazing, and although I can’t pull out any examples now, it was spot-on.
I docked a half-star because I must admit – sometimes, I felt that it would dragged in places. However, the beauty of the rest of the story is a large reward for such a trivial thing to pick on.
Sheesh, where am I supposed to begin with these wonders?
I remember seeing her in the 6hr adaptation once, and being irritated with her because gosh – in my eyes, she looked like a snob. But then I read the book, and realized that she’s no snob – she’s a wonder. She’s this amazing blend of wit and vivacity that I couldn’t get enough of. I identified with her on some points – because even though she’s completely different from me, there are still exasperations that she goes through which I can relate to.
Besides, that character development? Words cannot express. It’s beautiful. Just read it, because Jane Austen does a hecka lot better writing it than I can express it.
(Yes, I can too use pictures from two different adaptations)
wHeRe Do I bEgIn. At first, I agreed with Elizabeth. What a jerk. Then, when The Letter came, I did a 180. What a gentleman. 10/10. For the rest of the book after The Letter, my mind was completely the opposite of what it had been again. Jerk? Please. He’s a king, as much as Elizabeth is a queen. Which is why they have such incredible chemistry. The scenes where they encountered each other after The Letter were filled with so much tension that…that…yeah, just read it.
But what a literary masterpiece. I firmly believe there should be more Mr. Darcys in our lives – and less Mr. Wickhams, ew.
(I didn’t really know how to rank the characters by importance after Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, so it’s pretty much just randomized from now on XD)
She’s a ditzy little idiot. But I don’t hate her. Here’s the thing – even though Lydia is a fool who’s literally the silliest, most she-needs-to-get-her-priorities-straight character I’ve ever read about, I CAN’T HATE HER. Because she’s a child – she’s what, 16? She’s naiive and she’s got a lot to learn, and as much as she makes me want to tear my hair out, it is impossible for me to despise her. I’ve despised characters who are much less aggravating than her – maybe that’s because author were also aggravating. Hmm.
(Here I go mixing adaptations again)
She’s…she’s TOO DARNED NICE. How can one being be such an utmost angel? I have my doubts with her, as sometimes she could be a bit cliché because I can’t believe that somebody can be THAT NICE. But maybe that’s because I live in the corrupted world in the present. Hmm. I also have my doubts with *MINOR SPOILER* the relationship between her and Mr. What’s-his-name but I’m sure you know who I mean, since I feel like they would get brutally destroyed by literally everybody. XD *END OF MINOR SPOILER*
What a lovely old soul. She’s so different compared to another motherly figure in the book *cough cough* in being CALM *cough cough*, MORE COMPOSED, *cough cough* AND OVERALL ACTUALLY SENSIBLE. *more coughing* But seriously – she’s everything that an aunt figure in literature should be. And let’s be honest – in real life too. We should all have a Mrs. Gardiner.
YOU. I DON’T LIKE YOU. She’s a fussy old lady. By fussy, I mean to a new level. Blrgh. I understand that this is a tight situation – your lives are basically depending on who your daughters will marry and bring good fortune blah blah blah BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE SO IRRITATING ABOUT IT AS YOU ARE. Sorry. XD
Ew. We don’t talk about you.
Shoo. We don’t talk about you either.
I don’t know how to rate content XD
Language: None that I can remember of, so even if there was any – which is highly unlikely considering that it’s written by an English lady in the 1800s – it’s probably minor.
Sensual: None. Although, there is talk about SPOILER the big scandal with Lydia and Mr. Wickham, and how Mr. Wickham is probably tricking Lydia into living with him without intending to marry her, but nothing explicit is really written. END OF SPOILER
Violence: Yeah, no.
So there you go – my review of Pride and Prejudice. I hope that you enjoyed this 1500 word review, and let me know if you’ve ever read any Jane Austen. If you haven’t, you certainly should as soon as you can because this is one masterpiece.
I’m reading Northanger Abbey at the moment, and I might write a review on it later when I’m done, which I’m far from being. 😛 But I think I’ll end this lengthy review for now with a few questions:
Have you ever read Pride and Prejudice? What’s your favorite book genre? Have you ever read any Jane Austen?