Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pride and Prejudice

Apparently the world has decided that it's been far too long since I've read or watched Pride and Prejudice, and has conspired to present me with ALL the Pride and Prejudice reminders in one day to make me aware of this fact.

It started this morning when I had myself a little fangirl moment. And for once, it wasn't in regards to Doctor Who or Buffy or Mulder and Scully #secretsexytimes. No, this fangirl moment was in regards to the latest episode of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Because from the second it started rolling, I knew what was coming - DARCY. If you're not watching the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, you should go and watch the whole lot right now. Because, AWESOMENESS. If you've been watching intermittently or haven't seen today's episode yet, I'll just tell you that this was episode #59, and this was the first glimpse of Darcy we've had. So yeah, it's been a LONG time coming.

Anyway, after my little fangirl moment, I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed when I came across this:
Shamelessly stolen from Ness. I'm sure she won't mind........
NESS WENT TO PEMBERLEY. (Okay, technically Ness went to Lyme Park. But whatever. It's PEMBERLEY.) And I am so freaking jealous.

And then I was scrolling though my Google Reader and came across this post from Emily about how when you think about it, the characters in Pride and Prejudice are just as weird and socially awkward as the rest of us. Only without the blogging and the mobile phones...

Anyway, all of this made me realise that I haven't read Pride and Prejudice since before I left Canberra over a year ago. And it's been about the same length of time since I watched the 1995 BBC version (which is the ONLY version, as far as I'm concerned). Both of these facts are completely and utterly horrifying to me. I've read it at least once a year since 1998, with multiple readings in 1999 when we studied it in Year 11 English. Because I'm a giant nerd who keeps stuff way longer than I need to, I can show you this:

Our English teacher handed us a sheet listing all the characters, and told us to draw links between them. That up there? Is what Must be Thrifty and I came up with. We came up with a colour-coded system and everything. Yellow is marriages, orange is Darcy family relationships, blue is Bennet family relationships, pink is friendships etc etc etc. Yeah. We're cool like that.

Anyway, the moral of the story? If you need me, I'll be here:
Yes, that's my very mangled, 13 year old copy of P&P

Or possibly here:
Source

K xx

19 comments:

  1. I know! I all fan-girl squealed yesterday over the LBD. And then I watched it twice!

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    1. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT TOMORROW'S VIDEO. We're talking small-child-the-night-before-Christmas levels of excited.

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  2. I haven't read the book in FOREVER either. I'm adding it to my list of books to read (or re-read in this case) that is already a million miles long.

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    1. My list is a million miles long, too. Since moving back to Melbourne and having access to a library again, it just keeps on growing!!

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  3. I started watching the Lizzie Bennet Diaries a while ago but then never continued. P&P is awesome, and since last friday I now own the complete DVD box of the 1995 BBC version. Can't wait to watch it! But I guess I'll start with the Bennet Diaries first.

    Happy reading, I haven't read it in a while either.

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    1. YOU HAVE TO WATCH THEM!!! (By which I mean the Lizzie Bennet Diaries AND the BBC P&P)

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    2. I'm on my way of catching up with both ;-)

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  4. Aaand today I visited Chatsworth House, site of the Matthew Macfayden version of P&P. I wasn't as awesomed out as at Lyme House but it was still pretty awesome :)

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    1. I'd be more excited about that one from an "Ooooh, pretty old house" perspective. Because I like to pretend that the McFugly/Knightley version of P&P doesn't exist. I mean, they had to record an ending complete with foot fondling to emphasise to America that yes, Lizzy and Darcy end up married. ES MUY STUPIDO.

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  5. I'm so with you - the bbc version is the only version. The end.

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    1. Have you seen the 1940 version with Laurence Olivier as Darcy? It is so completely terrible. It's like they had a bunch of costumes left over from Gone with the Wind, so decided to set P&P in the Civil War era instead...

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  6. Colin Firth in P&P -- could there BE a more perfect Mr Darcy?! I mean, come ON. He was born to play him, BORN I say! ;-) xx

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    1. Seriously. SO MUCH. I mean, there's a reason why they got him to play Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones!!

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  7. P&P is sitting on my iPad as an emergency book, for those times when you have to read something and the only other thing available is a shopping docket or something. This is not to imply that P&P is a last resort, of course. It's just nice to have something like P&P on hand, like the literary form of a security blanket.

    I need to re-watch the BBC series now.

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    1. I hear you - it's an EXCELLENT emergency book!!

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  8. I heart P&P. I've read it millions of times. And oh my, I agree with Pretzel Thief - Colin Firth is just ah-may-zing!

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    1. SO MUCH. I find it rather baffling that there are people in the world who prefer Matthew Macfadyen as Mr Darcy. Because, NO.

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  9. The LBD episode was fantastic. The second half of the video I was just fixated on the doorway behind her!

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  10. I have such mixed feelings about LBD and now that I've seen Darcy I JUST DON'T KNOW. I love it sometimes, but gah. These are my beloved characters and it's hard, is all, I guess.

    And I watch the 1995 version of P&P several times a year. SEVERAL. TIMES.

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