Review: Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and PrejudiceBook Review
So it starts off with this zombie who is thirsty for… oh wait, wrong book. I thought this had zombies in the title. I must be confused. Oh, there are 2 of them. Why would someone do that? What do zombies have to do with marriage and love and the idea of ideas? Is this the book where the women in a lion’s den dislike the men? Oh, I’m so lost today with these older reviews. JUST KIDDING!

3 out of 5 stars to Pride and Prejudice, a remarkable novel written in the early 19th century by the wonderful Jane Austen. I read this when I was around 20 years old, as part of one of my English courses. I like the book. I enjoy the characters. But I’m not as big of a fan as most people who say they like this book. I’ve also never seen any movie, film or tv series versions of it, nor would I dare pick up the one that includes the zombies. There are 2 things preventing me: (1) I wasn’t enamored with this one enough to want to re-read something very different and (2) I’ve never been a fan of zombies. Vampires, yes. Werewolves, yes. Witches, totally. But for some reasons, zombies don’t do it for me. I did like the first two movies in the Resident Evil series, but that’s just because she’s a badass! Why am I still talking about zombies. Let’s move to marriage, a more appropriate topic, given it’s a central theme in the book.

I am not married. For a while, it wasn’t legal for me to marry the person I’d want to marry. It is now. But I’m still not married. And I have been in a relationship for nearly six years. My point… so off topic in this one… is that marriage has never been important to me. And so this book had some interesting parts to it that I both agreed with and had some conflicts with. I believe in doing what’s best for the two people involved in the relationship, not what society says is the acceptable thing to do. I also find marriage to be something more private between the married couple, and it would be weird to stand up in front of a whole room of people and say some words, have some sort of institutional approach and then continue on with our lives.

I liked the pairing of Elizabeth and Darcy, but it wasn’t a romantic and wonderful turn of events for me. It felt more like a societal commentary of relationships, expectations and courtship. As a result, I focused less on “should they be together” and more on “what’s the meaning under all these words.” I liked the book, probably give it a 3.4999999, which unfortunately rounds down to a 3.

Of all the classics, it’s not one of my favorites, but I’d give it another chance under the right circumstances. Just would want to maybe see a visual interpretation first, perhaps to drive my imagination and provoke some different thoughts for the next read.

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20 thoughts on “Review: Pride and Prejudice

    foodinbooks said:
    June 19, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    Great post. It took me a few years to get into Jane Austen, but once I did, I loved her. I think I prefer Sense and Sensibility, bookwise, but I love this one, too.

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    Naty said:
    June 19, 2017 at 3:02 PM

    Nice review! This is my favorite from Austen, but I see why it was not a favorite for you. My love for her books rely mostly on the witty way she writes and not so much the love stories. Sense and Sensibility is really good too 🙂

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    BrizzleLass said:
    June 19, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    I am probably the only girl in the world who isn’t an Austen fan and more importantly can’t stand Pride and Prejudice. There is literally nothing about this book I like. Nothing.

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      N. N. Light said:
      June 19, 2017 at 3:25 PM

      It’s okay. You don’t have to turn in your girl badge, just because you don’t like P&P. Austen isn’t for everyone. I abhor quite a few books that most girls/women adore. You should read what you like. There’s certainly enough books out there for all of us. 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 19, 2017 at 3:31 PM

      haha! I’ve heard that a bunch before!

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        BrizzleLass said:
        June 20, 2017 at 4:13 AM

        Well that’s good! I live really close to Bath where Austen lived for several years. Every time a friend visits from the States they want to visit all the Austen museums. You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve been to those darn places! 😂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        June 20, 2017 at 6:47 AM

        Lucky not lucky I suppose!

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    N. N. Light said:
    June 19, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    3/5??? *cries softly* lol!

    Listen, I totally get why you didn’t like it and if you’re not a romantic kind of reader, Jane Austen isn’t for you. Why do I love Pride and Prejudice? I love the witty often-comical dialogue as well as the characters. Austen breaths life into characters from the foolish Lydia to foppish Mr. Collins as well as the setting. Okay, enough gushing.

    Psst, if you want to check out the film, I’d strongly recommend you watch the BBC mini-series with Colin Firth and Jennifer Erle. We watch it every Valentine’s Day weekend. Both MR N and I love it. 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 19, 2017 at 3:34 PM

      I’m glad you understand! 🙂 And I think I will watch the series. I do like Mr. Firth. Thanks for the heads up!

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    Esther said:
    June 19, 2017 at 5:14 PM

    I wouldn’t read this again (actually, I never did finish it on a thought) but I watched the movie, and I loved it.

    Mr Darcy 😍😍

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    Norin said:
    June 19, 2017 at 6:42 PM

    I don’t know why, but this review cracked me up… lol This is an interesting take on Pride and Prejudice. I read Pride and Prejudice for the first time last year and I liked it, but it didn’t tick my heart as much as contemporary romance books do. It’s been about 6 months got that I read it and some parts have already become vague for me… I will re-read it some time later (because I got the vintage classics edition in April), but just not anytime soon.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 19, 2017 at 9:01 PM

      I was a little wishy washy on it… Did you read the one with zombies too?

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        Norin said:
        June 19, 2017 at 9:15 PM

        I most certainly didn’t! Just like you, I would never ever pick that one up! It’s a bit over the top in my opinion lol

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        June 19, 2017 at 9:16 PM


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