There are a lot of things that scare me in life. In no particular order:
- People who prefer vanilla to chocolate (sorry, but natural selection is coming for you)
- Watching the slicing and dicing on any medical TV show (but murder, for some unknown reason, is not nearly as terrifying)
- Birds (seriously, their beady little eyes can see straight into your soul)
- Classics (so. many. big. words.)
But on this fine day, I was brave. I valiantly faced off with one of my fears and began reading a classic romance that has like eight-billion movie remakes: Pride and Prejudice. It’s old, which means big words, so this was a task that required lots of mental heavy lifting. Wild, I know. I wasn’t alone in this conquest to read P&P. No, I was joined by the one and only Rose @booksofmagicandmystery in this momentous big-word-battle (and buddy read!).
Instead of a traditional review, I’ve decided to do a more deconstructed sandwich version. Partly because I have no idea how to even construct a sandwich as fancy as P&P and partially because I thought it would be cool to do a behind the scenes version of Phase I of my reviewing process. There will be absolutely no structure to this, and I cannot guarantee that they are coherent thoughts, but we are going with it.
Anyway. Here are 33 Thoughts I Had While Reading Pride and Prejudice. I tried to cut out any big spoilers, but there might be some out of context events or minor spoilers. Proceed with caution.
Book: Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
First Published January 28th 1813
- It’s a truth universally acknowledged that I am an uncultured dingbat who didn’t realize where this iconic line can from. Some one redact my nerd license please.
- sir that was cold if not aggressive
- y’all were pretty quick to hop in and judge
- ok is this 3rd person omniscient or what is going on with the head hopping???
- I have never seen so many : and ; in my life, my English teacher would be proud
- so what I’m hearing is Collins has daddy issues
- and also is inheriting the estate???
- wait is he talking about Lizzy? or one of the other eight-billion Miss Bennets??
- update: ok he was talking about jane
- update update: no he wasn’t. it’s too early in the morning to consume big words.
- mr collins is giving off but I’m a nice guy, why don’t they like me energy
- wick is all shade
- wait are lizzy and mr collins related?? i’m so confused
- I lowkey want to google a family tree but i also don’t want to find out ~information~
- man doesn’t understand the word no
- mrs bennet is so dramatic
- “adieu to my attention and spleen” UM WHAT??
- i like the contrast between Lizzy and Charlotte’s views on marriage. Lizzy seems to represent following your heart and all that sappy love stuff, whereas Charlotte is more what society expects of a young woman.
- now i really want to watch the movie
- ok i checked and it’s no longer on netflix : (
- hey! it’s easter in their timeline too! pretty snazzy!
- ok so in A Taste For Love by Jennifer Yen, Grace is Jane. it’s a bit late to be making this connection, but it’s fine. don’t mind me gaining a deeper appreciation for the retelling component of that book.
- HOLD THE PHONE HE WHAT??
- where did this come from???
- lizzy pulling all the guys
- eloquently said snark >>>
- lizzy thinks about darcy too much for it still to be hate
- that letter was aggressively long, but also ~answers~
- man just did a quick personality change. i didn’t realize places took returns on those???
- LYDIA, GIRL, WHYYYYYY
- ok so she is checking out the housekeepers… that’s basically old fashioned insta-stalking, right??
- am i missing part of the book?
- i feel like i missed something…
- update: after the buddy read it seems like there was a) a freak accident that caused both of us to be missing part of the book or b) there was no part to be missed in the first place
- either i’m really confused or that was anticlimactic
- and nowwwww i will be googling the family tree
I’m really not sure how to feel about this one. It was solid, and I’m glad I read it, but it wasn’t revolutionary for me. Honestly I was told this was the overlord of enemies-to-lover romance, but it just didn’t live up to that expectation. Maybe with a reread I can appreciate some more elements of the story instead of using all my brain cells just to sort of follow along.
Have you read Pride and Prejudice? What did you think?