200 years of Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice is one of the best books.
It’s definitely one of my favourites, and today is the 200th anniversary of it’s first publication.
It’s hard to believe that Lizzy Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy have been around that long and capturing the imagination of readers for two centuries!
My first reading was thanks to my mum and well before it had to be read for high school. I then I fell in love with it that little bit more when the BBC TV adaptation screened in 1995 (this could have something to do with the lake scene).
I’ve read it a couple of times since, seen other adaptations, even been involved in the musical version of it (yes, you read that right, there is a musical adaptation).
I’ve also read and watch things inspired by Jane’s work including, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a literature ‘mash-up’, Being Elizabeth Bennett a ‘choose your own adventure’ book, and the TV series Lost in Austen (which made me rethink my position on Mr Wickham!) and of course the modern-day Bollywood take, Bride & Prejudice.
When I heard about the anniversary I started thinking about the tie-ins and spin-offs I knew about, and when I looked into the number of books inspired by Austen and her work (mainly P&P) is … extensive. There’s to many to list but a number of them are on our database, so if you’re interested you can see some of them here.
I did try and pin down what exactly it is that makes me love P&P so much, and it’s a pointless exercise. There are just too many reasons. So I’m putting it to you:
Do you remember your first reading of P&P?
Was it love at first read for you?
Do you have a favourite quote or moment?
Perhaps we can come up with a reason together!