Reasons I Like, No, LOVE, Pride and Prejudice

First, as a disclaimer: although I may claim that I love Jane Austin, I really am only familiar with two works: Pride and Prejudice (which I have seen and read) and Sense and Sensibility (which I have only seen).

Pride and Prejudice has caught my heart and mind for years. I know it is a cliche to say that every girl can relate to Elizabeth Bennet and wants a Darcy. However, I only find myself relating very little to Elizabeth…and I don’t want a Darcy. I’d much rather have a Bingley. But, here is my reasons why I love the characters:

Elizabeth: I admire her wit, her yearning of knowledge, her stubbornness, and her ideals. However, I feel I only relate to her in her love of reading, enjoying nature.
Jane: I admire her grace, her natural beauty and humility, her modesty. I feel that I am like her in her self-consciousness. I mean, it took me forever to admit that I loved, let alone liked, Justin.
Mary: Her need to do well and show it, her lack of talent in things she would like to share, her awkwardness in many social situations. I feel the same many times.
Lydia and Kitty: They are flirtatious and immature and feel they have a right to things…I would like to say that I don’t carry those traits, but I am sure there are those who would disagree…

Darcy: I really admire his intelligence (and his fortune…that’s always a plus), and I do admire how much he loves and protects his sister. However, I feel he is too proud, too cold, too judgmental. I wouldn’t really want a Darcy.
Bingley: Is just all-around adorable! I love him to death! Such a sweet-heart! He is honest and shows his feelings. He goes after what he wants. He can sometimes be a dork. I love dorks. I’m marrying one!

There have been many renditions of Pride and Prejudice. Here are my favorite three:

Mormon Pride and Prejudice

Hahahahahahaahaha! Where to start! Well, this is the Mormon version of Pride and Prejudice. It is hilarious, and has so many innuendos to Mormon culture. However, sometimes it can be a bit too silly or comical. And the despair scene when Elizabeth and Jane have lost a man or been disappointed by a man…hilarious to the point of rolling on the floor! I totally relate to it! But, it’s always good to add in either a Pride and Prejudice marathon or a Mormon movie marathon.

Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightley 

Where do I start?!? I am actually quite jealous that my sister owns the movie, and not me. But, I do own the soundtrack. It is astounding, breathtaking. I could listen to it for hours and let it take my imagination away. I also just love Kiera Knightely–I think she does a magnificent job with Elizabeth Bennet. It is also pretty cool that I’ve been to the same manor that includes the bridge and pavilion that Elizabeth runs to when she is depressed in the rain. I love looking at the countryside. I just love the whole filmography of the movie.

Bride and Prejudice

Who wouldn’t enjoy this movie? Bollywood works with British Films works with Hollywood! So freaking awesome is so many ways! I also really like this specific Darcy–he seems more human than the others, more self-conscious. I also like the colors, and the SONGS! Oh the Songs! Here are my two favorites:

No Life, Without Wife
Dealing with the idea of marrying Mr. Kohli (Collins) is weird to the Bakshi sisters.
Take Me to Love

This is when Darcy and Lalita fall in love. But, what makes it better is running in fountains of water, and the beach scene in which surfers, lifeguards, even a black Gospel choir join in the song. 

Quotes I Love

“Your mother insists on your marrying Mr. Collins. so from this day onward, you must be a stranger from one of your parents. your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, but I will never see you again if you do.” – Mr. Bennet
“What are men compared to rocks and mountains.” – Mary Bennet
Darcy: How are you this evening, my dear?
Elizabeth:  Very well…although I wish you would not call em “my dear.”
Darcy: Why?
Elizabeth: Because that is what my father always call my mother when he is cross about something.
Darcy: What endearments am I allowed?
Elizabeth: Well let me think…”Lizzy” for every day, “My Pearl” for Sundays, and…”Goddess Divine”…but only on very special occasions.
Darcy: And…what should I call you when I am cross? Mrs. Darcy…?
Elizabeth: No! No…You may only call me “Mrs. Darcy” when you are completely and perfectly and incandescently happy. 
Darcy: Then, how are you this evening…Mrs. Darcy?
“You know what they say: no life without wife.” –Mr. Kohli
“Not all of us can afford to be a romantic like you, Lalita. I’m afraid to let my prince charming walk past me.” –Chandra (Charlotte)

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.