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A Reader of Fictions: Pride and Prejudice 200th Anniversary Party Blog Hop

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Pride and Prejudice 200th Anniversary Party Blog Hop

Pride and Prejudice turns 200 today. Author Alyssa Goodnight, whose sophomore novel Austensibly Ordinary releases tomorrow from Entangled Publishin, arranged for a bunch of Austen-loving bloggers to participate in this hop to discuss our undying love for all things Bennet and Darcy in the form of a fan letter to Jane Austen. So here goes.

Dear Jane,

     We have never met before, the occurrence of your death more than a hundred years before my birth roundly precluding that possibility, but I hope you will permit me the familiarity of referring to you by your given name. Since my youth, I have read your books and loved them (most of them anyway), and I feel as though we are kindred spirits, a great presumption, I know.
     Two of your books rank among my tippy-top favorite books of all time, Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey, but I write to you today, dear Jane, to speak of the former. P&P has become your most beloved and enduring work for a reason, and, though you're not here to celebrate, we're honoring your most popular work with fanfare and pomp.
     Sadly, I cannot remember the precise circumstances of my first trip around England with Elizabeth Bennet. However, I do know that I was young, somewhere from eleven to thirteen. My mother had suggested P&P and I was still young enough not to automatically balk at the suggestion from some silly sense of teenage rebellion. Your characters mesmerized me almost immediately, and I sped through the book. I was insulted with Elizabeth when he refused to stand up with her, laughing uproariously every time Caroline Bingley's flirtation attempts backfired, confused but moved by Darcy's first proposal, giggling like the school girl I was when Darcy and Elizabeth meet up so tentatively in Derbyshire, crushed by Lydia's idiocy, applauded Elizabeth's responses to Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and wept with happiness when those two crazy kids finally came to an understanding. Rarely has a book impacted me with so much emotion.
     Through the years, I have revisited Darcy and Elizabeth more times than I can count. Unlike some lesser works, the story never diminishes, and, in fact, I find new qualities to love about P&P every time. As I grew older and gained more of an education, I discovered the subtle cutting wit and social commentary, which I think makes P&P a companion to Oscar Wilde's work.
    Unfortunately, it has been a couple of years since I have returned to Pemberley, but I'm thinking I must do so quite soon. As a woman of a certain age where her friends are all wedding, but remaining somewhat determinedly single myself, I have a new lens through which to view Elizabeth's choices than I did as a younger, more romantically-minded person.
     Dearest Jane, words fail to properly convey to you the feelings of my heart, but please allow to share with you some moving pictures from the internet (don't worry about what that is), so that Mr. Darcy can speak for me.

Your friend ever,
Christina


 





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20 Comments:

Blogger Christina (Christinareadsya) said...

Yessss!! Everything about your letter. Even being thirteen when it was suggested and read. And needing to revisit the novel again soon.

I recently watched the BBC version of P&P and was surprised to find that I liked the movie version with Keira Knightely more just because of the film quality of the former. But still: gifs. Beautiful gifs. *sigh*

January 28, 2013 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yeah, I cannot believe I haven't read it in two or three years. Until then, I read it pretty much yearly. Blogging just doesn't leave much time for such flagrant rereading.

Do not get me started on the Keira Knightley version. It IS prettier, but, good lord, she is not one ounce of Elizabeth Bennet.

January 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

I love this post, Christina! I agree with it so heartily, there's always something new I find to love about this book, no matter how many times I visit it. Instead of diminishing for me, this story just gets stronger.

January 28, 2013 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

A fellow Austenite! I will reread this book until I die. Northanger too. If only Jane Austen had lived longer and written more!

January 28, 2013 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

I dislike Knightley. I wonder if that's why I don't flip out in love with Firth? My heart belongs to another.. see here!

January 28, 2013 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger Steena said...

This post makes me infinitely happy and my Monday needed a shot of Firth, so thank you for that.

January 28, 2013 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger alice-jane said...

I love your letter and it definitely made my Monday a lot better! Totally digging the gifs. P&P forever and super excited to see the Royal Mail's Jane Austen stamps that are set to be released later this year.

January 28, 2013 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I dislike Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet. Jennifer Ehle's where it's at!

January 28, 2013 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Awww, yay!

January 28, 2013 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Hurrah! I didn't know about the stamps, which I now want, even though I never use stamps (well, hardly ever).

January 28, 2013 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger Sunny Duvall said...

Can't wait to read Austensibly Ordinary and your letter made me smile...as did the gifs :)

Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

January 28, 2013 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Happy to hear that! Austensibly Ordinary is great, and so are gifs!

January 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger Susan Francino said...

Haha! I love how you added the "moving pictures." Excellent letter. :) I took a slightly different format, but here's what I wrote.

January 28, 2013 at 5:35 PM  
OpenID openid said...

Awesome letter...with pictures! :) So glad you participated!

Alyssa Goodnight

January 28, 2013 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger @HarleyBearBooks said...

Love this post! I think it's time I revisit P&P too. It's my favorite classic!

January 28, 2013 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Awesome, I look forward to what you've done!

January 29, 2013 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Thanks!

January 29, 2013 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Sweet! Let's all do it (except I can't but whatever!)

January 29, 2013 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger Veronica said...

I love the montage at the end. Priceless.

January 31, 2013 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Thanks! I had fun hunting for Darcy gifs!

February 1, 2013 at 3:06 PM  

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