Pride and Prejudice

"Elizabeth Bennet is young, clever and attractive, but her mother is a nightmare and she and her four sisters are in dire need of financial security and escape in the shape husbands.
The arrival of nice Mr Bingley and arrogant Mr Darcy in the neighbourhood turns all their lives upside down in this witty drama of friendship, rivalry, enmity and love."

~ Vintage Classics

"Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London.

Though the story is set at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of 'most loved books'. It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen's memorable characters or themes. To date, the book has sold some 20 million copies worldwide."

~ Wikipedia

The story of the relationship between the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet and the proud Mr Darcy. Will they overcome there differences and realise that first impressions aren't always as they seem?

My review: This is one of my favourite Austen novels. A very lovable heroine and a dashing hero, along with some insufferable antagonists!  The amazing love story, the intricate plot of events, the characters and everything make this an absolutely delightful story and a wonderful read for anyone, whether you like romance, comedy or just a good story! An absolute must read!

Adaptations 


2011
A Modern Pride & Prejudice
(Film adaptation of "Pride & Prejudice")
Maia Petee (Elizabeth Bennet) Caleb Grusing (Mr Darcy)

2008
Lost in Austen
(TV mini-series based on the novel "Pride and Prejudice")
Jemima Rooper (Amanda Price) Elliot Cowan (Mr Darcy)


2005
Pride & Prejudice
(Film based on the novel)
Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Bennet) Matthew Macfayden (Mr Darcy)

2004
Bride & Prejudice
(Film based on the novel)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (Lalita Bakshi) Martin Henderson (Mr Darcy)

2003
Pride & Prejudice
(Film based on the novel)
Kam Henskin (Elizabeth Bennet) Orlando Seale (Will Darcy)


1995
Pride & Prejudice
(TV mini-series based on the novel)
Jennifer Ehle (Elizabeth Bennet) Colin Firth (Mr Darcy)

1980
Pride & Prejudice
(TV mini-series based on the novel)
Elizabeth Garvie (Elizabeth Bennet) David Rintoul (Mr Darcy)

1967
Pride & Prejudice
(TV series based on the novel)
Celia Bannerman (Elizabeth Bennet) Lewis Fiander (Mr Darcy)

1958
Pride & Prejudice
(TV series based on the novel)
Jane Downs (Elizabeth Bennet) Alan Badel (Mr Darcy)

1952
Pride & Prejudice
(TV mini-series based on the novel)
Daphne Slater (Elizabeth Bennet) Peter Cushing (Mr Darcy)

1940
Pride & Prejudice
(Film based on the novel)
Greer Garson (Elizabeth Bennet) Laurence Olivier (Mr Darcy)

1938
Pride & Prejudice
(TV presentation based on the novel)
Curigwen Lewis (Elizabeth Bennet) Andrew Osborn (Mr Darcy)



The most popular and famous adaptations are the 2005 and 1995 adaptations, and maybe the original 1940 one. My favourites are the 2005 and 1995 ones. Here are my thoughts...




1995: A wonderfully faithful adaptation. The length of this series enables the majority of the story to be included and very few scene left out (although there are a few extra scene, but no one is complaining!) The costumes are very regency, the music is lovely, and the entire cast perform there parts well.The performances from Firth and Ehle should be particularly noted. Very, very enjoyable for anyone - Austen fan or not!

2005: Charming film. Not as faithful as other adaptations given the length of the film but, bearing this in mind, a good interpretation of the novel. Wonderful performance from Macfayden and Knightley, both making the characters their own and a good supporting cast. Beautiful music and wonderful locations! A few scenes which for Austen purists are not regency, but I personally think they are charming scenes and help to open this wonderful story to a wider audience.


1940: Surprisingly good! I felt I should watch this owing to it being the first adaptation made. I was unsure as to what I would think, but it was really enjoyable. The actors were great and there was a lot of the Austen humour in there. After a while you can forget about the silly costumes! The changes to the story are also ok. Although they leave out a few major parts, like the visit to Pemberley, how they adapt the story to accommodate this works, and provides us with a little different, but still charming ending.









17 comments:

  1. this is SO awesome!!!

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    1. Thanks! i need to add a review for 1940, which i have now seen :)

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  2. Love reading about your views but have to say I totally disagree with your thoughts on the 2005(Keira Knightly) adaptation.
    In Regency days impoverished daughters of the landed gentry were not 'permitted' by their social circle to go to work or in any way earn a living to support themselves, therefore their ONLY option was to marry reasonably well, in order to secure their future and possibly the future of other members of their family, who they would of necessity be required to support until they died.
    Marriage for love was a 'luxury' young ladies could ill afford....if they loved their husbands, that wwould be considered a bonus. Marriage was more a business contact...a way of securing their future from poverty and deprivation.
    Therefore Elizabeth Bennett's attitude towards marriage would be, for the time, considered out of the ordinary. In fact Charlotte Lucas's approach to marriage would be more in keeping with what would be considered to be the 'sensible approach' to her future. Elizabeth Bennett's 'out of joint' attitude is 'explained' by her parents' disasterous marriage, which she has spent all her life observing. She loves and esteems her father, but very much regrets his treatement of her mother, which is bourne out of his disrespect. When he was younger, her father's head had been 'turned' by her mother's pretty face....by the time they married, he'd realised how inferior her intellect and sense were and as such had quickly lost all respect for her....as evidenced in his general demeanour towards Mrs Bennett. Mrs Bennett is, of course, a silly woman...but Elizabeth loves her and in any case, Mrs Bennett at least knows her 'purpose' in life.....that is to steer and encourage her five daughters to marry well to ensure their futures, on account of their estate being entailed away from the female line.
    Elizabeth Bennett is an intelligent young woman... she understands the issues behind her parents' marriage and feels her best 'defence' against this unsatisfactory state of affairs is to ensure she loves and respects her partner in life and he loves and respects her in return (unlike her parents). She feels this so strongly that she is willing to go against the social conventions of the day (hence she turned down the perfectly respectable Mr Collins, who could well afford to offer her a secure life, because she knew she could not love and respect him and felt he would come to feel the same about her in time)and look for a partner in love.
    The problem with the Keira Knightly adaptation is that the 'Mr & Mrs Bennett' characters are depicted as being completely in love with each other, as having a warm and companionable, mature relationship. It completely untrue to the book as written by Jane Austen and completely misses the point, for all the reasons described above. Sensible young ladies of that era were not brought up as young ladies are today...they were brought up to conform with society, not to stand out.
    Elizabeth Bennett's parents' disfunctional relationship is the only explanation for her thoroughly modern approach to love and marriage and that explanation is completely missing from the 2005 version.

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    1. Which remark were you thinking was implying this as I am unsure. ?
      If it was the remark about the faithfulness I was referring by that remark to how similar it was to the book. (like the series was very similar)
      I Didn't refer to anyone in particular and I agree about your comments around with Mr and Mrs Bennet and fully understand the situation around woman of that time.
      Glad you like my reviews otherwise though!

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  3. It was the bit where you said......2005: Charming film. Not as faithful as other adaptations given the length of the film but, bearing this in mind, a good interpretation of the novel......
    I attributed the remarks/review to you, please accept my apologies if I'm wrong.
    The reason this stood out for me is because, in my view, this is NOT a good interpretation because of all the points I've listed above, plus the Keira Knightly's 'Eliza Bennett' is far too modern. It portrays a young woman of today, not of the era in the book. I realise she may well be simply depicting the screen writer's interpretation....but that's my point - it interpretation is lacking. I could go on...but I'll get very boring..!! hahaha

    In my humble opinion, the 1995 mini series is the most faithful.....you're right it includes a few 'extras' (which fit in quite well - the scene where Darcy dives into the lake..:-D...), but on the whole it adheres to Jane Austen's main points.
    Thanks for your reply though, I appreciate the feedback and I do like your blogspot, I found it by accident but have spent some little time reading it - very entertaining !!

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    1. Oh now I understand you!
      I guess the film is better to be considered as only influenced by the film, where as the mini series wasn't - It was brilliantly faithful!

      I agree about Lizzy although she put a great performance, she was a too modern and tomboy Ish Lizzy. I loved Ehle!

      The mini series was wonderful! And so faithful! And I'm not complaining about the extra scenes , what's wrong with seeing Firth having a bath, fencing, writing a letter in minimal clothes and jumping in a lake ;)

      I am glad you like my blog! And appreciate the feedback - it makes it feel all worth while if people are looking at it in the first place and then enjoying it as well!
      Hope you enjoy my past and future posts :)

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  4. It's now in my 'favourites' list xx

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  5. Just came across your blog and am really loving it!

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    1. Aww thank you so much! I hope you enjoy past and future posts :D glad to know my blog is worthwhile :)

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  6. i have to say i agreee with the other anon on the subject of the 2005 film. i don't think it was very true to the book at all, it was much more dramatic- which things weren't back then. i don't think keira knightly did a very good job acting, but she never really does, i liked all the other Bennet sisters, especially Jane tho. but still- a really good book review and i love your blog

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    1. I know what you mean. It is much more dramatic, which means it appeals to a wider audience I suppose. Knightley's Lizzy was not my favourite and I can understand why some people, like yourself, disliked her performance. I thought it was an interesting interpretation and well, we all have our own opinions :)

      Thanks about my blog! I love hearing that people do enjoy reading it :)

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  7. which movie do you prefer. 2005 or 1995. my sister practically swoons over the thought
    of mr darcy 1995. but we have not seen the 2005 fil do you recommend it.

    Leah

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    1. I love them both. My favourite is probably the series 1995 as it is a series and so is therefore very accurate. But, I absolutely love the film as well. It is, of course, altered (the plot) to make it fit the time scale of a film but, personally, I still think it is worth watching, at least once. The filming locations are gorgeous as is the music :) Mr Darcy is pretty dreamy in the film as well and I can't choose between them. So basically, I would say watch it :)

      ~Mrs D

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  8. I love Pride and Prejudice! It is my no.1 Austen book of all time!
    I am also obsessed with the 1995 version of the book and is the reason I first decided to read the book and I have grown up with it! I adore Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle's portrayals of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy as well as all of the other characters interpretations! I think this makes me slightly biased towards this version so when I first saw the 2005 movie I wasn't expecting to like it just as much but I have to say I was very disappointed in it. I thought it very loosely based on the book and the actors interpretations were not at all how I think Jane Austen meant them to come across. Though I have to admit that the scenery and music of the 2005 is in my opinion just as good as the 1995 version.
    And I also agree with your comment about the additional scenes in the mini-series, I think they add very well to the story but not straying too far from the story line, and I'm definitely not complaining about a few scenes in particular... My personal favourite scene out of the entire series is the look Mr Darcy and Elizabeth share while Georgiana plays the piano! It is so dreamy, they are the perfect couple.
    I would also like to say that I have taken the "What Pride and Prejudice heroine are you?" quiz which I have seen you mention in a few other blog posts and my result was also Lizzy! I was really happy with this result as she is my fave Jane Austen character!

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    1. It is my favourite book of all time, not just Austen!
      I do like the film as well but I understand the criticisms it receives - but its hard to live up to the 1995 series as it was so brilliant and so accurate, as well as the film having the time constraints!
      How funny! Snap with favourite scene of the whole series! That look makes me melt and that moment is my favourite of the entire series! It is showing how something so small as a look can say so much!
      Its great to get Lizzy! Have you done the hero quiz to see if you get Darcy? I did :D

      Thanks for the comment - I really appreciate it!

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    2. I've not done the hero quiz yet but I certainly will be now! And now thinking back on it I think I would say that Pride and Prejudice is one of my top 3 books of all time!

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