I am 100% clear on the fact that my love for Pride & Prejudice and then Jane Austen was sparked by the 2005 movie adaptation by Joe Wright that starred Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. A love affair of mythic proportions began in that theater and I have never felt the need to apologize for it, even when others have tried to convince me that I should! Luckily, despite the naysayers, I know I am not the only one. When I began my internet search days after seeing the movie I discovered a number of websites and forums comprised of individuals who felt the same as me.
Each of us pursued our quest to know more of Jane and Pride & Prejudice in different ways. We grew to appreciate her world and the myriad adaptations, spin-offs, novels, etc. to varying degrees. I embraced all of it. Yet, my heart has never forgotten the movie and the people, both in front of and behind the camera, who brought Jane’s story to life.
Another person who has held the movie close to her heart and devoted a large portion of her time to it is Jeane who maintains the 2005 Pride and Prejudice Blog.
I don’t remember when I first “met” Jeane. She created a forum before she created her blog, so somewhere along the line we “bumped” into each other. Yes she is a fan of my novels. But more importantly she has generously shared her love of the movie for over 3 and a half years now, followed the careers of the actors, updated on cinematic Jane-news, and in every way imaginable paid homage to the continuing excitement surrounding Pride and Prejudice.
In her own words–
A fan created blog for all P&P fans, covering all about the 2005 Oscar/Golden Globe Nominated film Pride & Prejudice starring Keira Knightley & Matthew Macfadyen. This blog will also post (and archive) any news/articles about the main P&P 05 cast (ie. Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone, Carey Mulligan, Talulah Riley, Rupert Friend, Brenda Blethyn, and Donald Sutherland to name some) as well as director Joe Wright and other P&P crew news. Plus any P&P/Jane Austen related movies (ie. Becoming Jane, The Jane Austen Book Club, Pride and Prejudice (2010), etc.) and news articles.
Jeane has kept to that promise with daily posts. You name it, she will deliver it! Her devotion is incredible, and as a lover of this movie I applaud that. However, what touches me the most is her kindness and friendship toward me. Thanks, Jeane, for that.
To hear about Jeane’s journey in her own words, read her Confessions of a P&P Blogger
Then click the header to peruse her blog from today onward. You will not be disappointed!