On {Finally} Reading Pride and Prejudice

Pride and PrejudiceIf you’ve been reading my blog for awhile you might remember a little reading challenge I set up last year. And then promptly ignored because pregnancy + new baby = what was I thinking planning a reading challenge?

Jane Austen’s Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was one of the books selected for the challenge, because I’d never read it. Yes, it’s true. As complete a bookworm as I am, and I’d never read it.

I was somewhat scared to, to be honest. It’s so beloved, by so many. How could it possibly live up to the adoration? And I felt like I knew the story already. Elizabeth Bennett meets Mr. Darcy. Obstacles ensue. They get married. The end.

Yes, I knew there was more to the story than that. But did it matter?

Of course it did. I didn’t know about Mr. Collins and Charlotte, or Lydia and Kitty. I didn’t even know about Bingley and Jane (let alone Bingley’s sisters). I certainly didn’t know about the ridiculous Mrs. Bennett, and the dastardly Wickham. What a loss that was, and would have been if I hadn’t ever read the book!

Why did I finally read it? Well, because I did set it as my challenge, and I wanted to read it, even if I didn’t get to it last year. Also so I could finally say “yes! I’ve read it!” And so I could watch the Lizzie Bennett Diaries online – they sound so fun, and I wanted to see how they adapt the material into that format.

So what did I think? Does it signify – is my opinion going to sway anyone to read it or not read it? I can’t imagine.

(I loved it.)

Adding to the “I finally did it!” aspect of the book was that I listened to it. All of it. And it was such a great audio book, and I’m so glad I own it so I can listen to it again and again.

A hint if you want it on audio: Buy a $.99 Kindle copy. You’re paying for formatting and spell check, so spend the $1. Then you can buy an audible version for a drastically reduced price (currently one is $1.49, while another is $2.49. I think I paid $1.99 for mine). Now you’ve got a Kindle version and Audible version for under $3, and you can switch back and forth between them as you read and listen, and it’s super convenient.

Another hint: this works for lots of classic novels – I’ve picked up several of them this way. Be sure to listen to the narrator when you pick the audible version you buy – they vary, and you may prefer one narrator’s style to another’s.

One final tip: If you have Amazon Prime, the Colin Firth version is available to stream for free. I started watching it immediately after finishing the book, and I’ve spent several late nights making up for all the lost years when I didn’t know what I was missing.

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  1. Hooray!!! I’m so happy for you! ☺️ Now onto those Lizzy Bennet Diaries! 👊🏻

  2. Ditto for me. Never read it. I’ve actually only read two Jane Austen books. We share a birthday, and everything! No excuses, must get to it.

  3. Love this post! Glad you enjoyed it. I only read Pride & Prejudice in high school. I really should re-read it and all of the others. I’m trying to read The Austen Project books, but I’ve only read Sense & Sensibility before. Maybe for 2017 I’ll challenge myself to read all of the Austen books. I have too many challenges planned for 2016.

  4. I think your opinion would have swayed me to read it if I was new to it. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it and the BBC version — I don’t believe the Keira Knightley version is as good, but the music is beautiful.

  5. I’m so glad you loved it! Jane Austen’s writing style is so much fun. I haven’t ever listened to it as an audiobook, but that definitely sounds worth trying for my umpteenth reread!


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