Happy Pride and Prejudice Week!
I have been trying to make my way through P&P on DVD for the last three nights, but I keep falling asleep.
It’s pretty pathetic, actually, because it isn’t even the kagillion-hour Firth I’m attempting, just the regular-feature-film-length Knightley. Lately though (and maybe this is symptomatic of adulthood or maybe I have TV-induced narcolepsy) I cannot make it past five minutes of any TV or movie if I am laying down.
I’m hoping to make it all the way tonight. To “I love…I love…I love you” and beyond.
Since all this Pride and Prejudice has been getting subliminally pumped into my brain right as I have been right on the edge of dreamland, the story has been very seriously on my mind lately. Hence its place as my theme this week.
Now, on the subject of Pride and Prejudice: is it my favorite Austen?
Persuasion is so romantic, what with with all its seasides, yearning, and sexy love-letter-writing. I can relate to Anne Elliot, who’s a bit of an old maid at 27; I live in constant fear of Losing my Bloom. It also happens to be (I am pretty sure) the shortest Austen.
These factors combine to make it totes my fave.
At the same time, Persuasion has nothing like the cult surrounding Pride and Prejudice. No satisfactory film versions have been made of it, nor has it been retold in a million modern versions the way P&P has been.
(I mean Prada and Prejudice and Prom and Prejudice are both things that happened, after all)
No other Austen can beat Pride and Prejudice in terms of participation in a fandom, and for that reason it will always remain my sentimental favorite, if not my “I like the book best” favorite.
Now that you know that important bit of information, I better wrap this up. I will fall asleep before Lady Catherine de Bourgh can utter a single THUS if I do not get this show on the road. Look forward to more P&P-cult-fandom type nonsense in the days to come though! I’m EXCITED!