I can’t believe this month is coming to a close. The 2014 April A to Z Challenge was one crazy ride. My theme, “What I Love About Pride and Prejudice,” kept me busy. It was the “good” sort of busy though…full of focus and inspiration. I want to thank all of you who have read and/or commented on my posts throughout the month. It’s been a delight!
Long May Pride & Prejudice Be Read!
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
I wonder how many of you who’ve stuck with me over the course of the month knew that I was going to use Zombies for my Z word. When I decided that Pride & Prejudice was going to be my theme, I had very little trouble sorting out the words I would use for each post. I guess I could have chosen terms like Zeal or Zest to mark the end. Either of those words might be used to describe the characters, setting, or plot of the story, but they just wouldn’t wrap up the alphabet for me like Zombies does.
If you are a fan of Pride & Prejudice, you’ve likely heard of the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The book is a lighthearted parody of the original story with the added bonus of zombies thrown into the mix. Now, I’m not recommending the book (unless you are into the bloody mess that seems to follow the walking dead). I wanted to use it to point out that Pride & Prejudice and all of Jane Austen’s stories are still going strong. There is a whole world of adaptations all centered on the work of our dear Jane. I’ve read a lot of it. There are continuations, re-tellings, a mystery series, websites full of fan fiction and hours of video. My favorites are the ones that follow the same formula Jane Austen set in place. That’s because, if you’ve read my posts you know, the best parts of the story for me are the misunderstandings that get in the way of the romance. There isn’t so much of that once Elizabeth and Darcy say I do.
Of all the adaptations out there that I enjoy, there are ones that I love. As reading material, I’m going to recommend Austenland by Shannon Hale. This is the story of a modern day Pride & Prejudice fan who watches the DVD with Colin Firth on a loop (hmmm…sounds familiar). She’s given a vacation at a Jane Austen themed resort and begins her search for her own Mr. Darcy. It was made into a good movie, but the book is wonderful. I have it permanently on my bedside table for light reading whenever I’m in need of a good laugh and a swoon.
In the medium of videos, I’m going to suggest the BBC’s miniseries Lost In Austen. This one is about a Pride & Prejudice fan who reads the book almost every night. When Elizabeth Bennet appears in her bathroom (shocking), they switch places. The girl works to keep the story moving along while she tries to get back home. There are some hilarious revelations plus a delightful wet shirt scene with Mr. Darcy that makes this my favorite Pride & Prejudice video after the 1995 BBC version (Sorry Colin Firth, Elliot Cowan is my favorite Mr. Darcy).
Since both of these recommendations have the lead living the fantasy of Pride & Prejudice, you might think I’d wish to do the same. That’s not true. I already have the man I love. Besides, who would want to wear a corset? Ugh. I just love a good love story and I always will.