Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Well, how’s everyone doing? Are you managing to find a balance between staying healthy and being happy? That’s not an easy thing to do these days, and it takes an effort. The biggest thing I’ve been working on personally is trying to listen more. To remember to think about what must be going on in someone’s life when they are frustrated or angry. To be mindful that others have a right to their opinion.

I live in the Pacific Northwest. Washington State, USA. And we’re struggling with air quality, but thankfully, none of the fires is very near us. It’s been tough in California and Oregon, especially. Our daughter has been in “get ready to evacuate” stage for a few days now. I am praying regularly that everyone manages to stay safe and out of harm’s way.

Writing-wise, I’m close to releasing Awakening, the prequel to the Earth Legacy fantasy series. I’m also working hard on a romance series set in a small oceanside town. It’s been fun setting up the town and fleshing out the characters and I hope to have several books out in this world in the next few years.

But, this blog is really about the writing challenge.

This month, the story needed to be written prior to 1950. I went waaaaayyyyy back to 1813. I have a confession to make. I’m a romance author who, until now, had never read Pride and Prejudice. Shame on me. This story was delightful and I should have read it eons ago.

What It’s About:

Since its immediate success in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has remained one of the most popular novels in the English language. Jane Austen called this brilliant work “her own darling child” and its vivacious heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, “as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print.” The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and her proud beau, Mr. Darcy, is a splendid performance of civilized sparring. And Jane Austen’s radiant wit sparkles as her characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making this book the most superb comedy of manners of Regency England.

My thoughts:

Why didn’t I read this story years ago? Yes, it took a while to get used to the olde style of writing, but man, does she do romance well. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy are perfection. So, if you read romance and haven’t read this story, it’s well worth the time.   Now I have a question. I think there are multiple movie versions of this story that have been made. Does anyone have a version they recommend?

2 thoughts on “Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  1. I have to admit I’ve not read any Jane Austin novels either. After reading your post, perhaps I should. Have seen movies of them, and enjoyed, but as to which to recommend would be difficult as I haven’t a clue which one follows the book best. Admire you keeping to your reading challenge. Nearly there! 🙂

  2. It’s definitely made me branch out from what I normally read. Will I pick up more biographies? I’m not sure, though I love the one I’m reading now. But I may pick up some more mysteries. 🙂

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