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“We are all fools in love” Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
It’s a safe bet that the majority of Jane Austen fans absolutely love Pride and Prejudice. I’d even make a bet that most Austenites consider that her best work (although there are certainly diehards who favor other books more).
Whenever I’m in a gloomy mood, I always turn to Pride and Prejudice. Whether I read the book or watch the movie, it always sweeps me away and helps turn my mood around. The flow of the story, the description of settings, the dialogue between the characters–the combination of those three things make it one of my three favorite classic novels.
No one can argue with Jane Austen’s command of the English language, her undeniable wit, and her ability to put pen to paper to sweep away her readers. And yet, of all her novels, Pride and Prejudice is the one that seems to stick with most Austenites as her best.
Which got me thinking.
A few years ago, I re-wrote Pride and Prejudice from an Amish perspective. The result was my novel, First Impressions, published by Charisma Media’s imprint, Realms. Since that time, they have shut down that imprint and, of course, no longer market my Jane Austen adaptations. Additionally, they won’t return the rights back to me for my works (one of the downsides of traditional publishing with a Christian imprint, I suppose and yes, the irony is not lost on me).
So, I’ve decided to revisit Pride and Prejudice. Again. While I loved my first version, I know that there are so many other ways to tell the story–as all of the authors who blog with Austen Authors have shown.
The quiet suffering of Jane as she pines for Mr. Bigley. The outlandish Kitty and her hasty marriage to Mr. Wickham. And the 180-degree transformation of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy who must face their own character flaws of being prideful and judgmental in order to embrace love. Those are all the perfect ingredients to a perfect romance.
I’m excited to embark on this journey because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love Mr. Darcy? Who doesn’t tear up when Elizabeth rebukes his initial proposal (especially when you realize what’s coming down the road)? Of course, I also cheer her intelligence to call him out for the awkward, if not inappropriate, words used prior to actually proposing. And who doesn’t clutch their hands to their chest when she runs into Mr. Darcy at Pemberley?
It is the quintessential romance story. In fact, when you break down modern day romances, you might even say that Jane Austen created the foundation for the romantic fiction formula. The tension within the writing, the dialogue, even the basic descriptions of the settings and actions draws us into Pride and Prejudice and leaves us wanting more. More versions, more adaptations, more Mr. Darcy.