Title: Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Publication Date: 28 January 1813
Genre: Historical Fiction
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What’s a girl to do?
Scatterbrained, social climbing Mrs. Bennet makes one demand of her five daughters.
Marry. Marry well. Marry RICH.
But sweet Jane is hopelessly in love with Mr. Bingley, who doesn’t seem to notice. Flighty Lydia wants a man–any man–preferably one in uniform. Kitty just wants to have fun. Shy Mary has her nose in a book. And Elizabeth–brilliant, stubborn, independent Lizzy–refuses the advances of the most “marriageable” man in town–haughty, handsome, wealthy Mr. Darcy.
Mrs. Bennet’s in hysterics, Mr. Bennet’s in his study, Lydia’s eloped with a soldier and Jane’s heart may well be broken. Will any of the Bennet girls find true love and fortune?
As you guys know by now, I’ve been reading this book for literal months and it’s given me a lot of stress. So I’m honestly so incredibly grateful to be done with this novel.
Let’s start with what I actually joined. The plot of about 60 pages towards the middle/end of the book was truly incredible. It was fast paced, in comparison to everything else, there was character development that hadn’t been present throughout the rest of the book. It was fascinating and is one of the reasons I didn’t give up.
The other reason I actually enjoyed this book was because of Elizabeth. She was actually interesting and very realistic. She was aware of her limitations in society because of her womanhood and yet remained wholly her own character. Vastly different from her younger, more foolish sisters, she was a great change of pace. Moreover, she reminded me a lot of myself – outspoken and quick to judge. She had flaws and wasn’t a completely flat character, even though her development doesn’t come until far to late in the book to truly be able to enjoy it.
And that’s it. Those are the two main things I liked Everything else I was not a fan of.
Jane Austen’s descriptions were boring and lack luster for a novel that had so little dialogue. Although I hadn’t been expecting significant amounts of dialogue, I had been looking forward to beautiful prose that would make a grown man weep. And instead I got writing that was overly descriptive in unnecessary areas and lacking when it was most necessary. Like honestly, I do not need a detailed description every time there’s a ball and someone starts dancing. I’m sorry (not really), but I just don’t want to read that.
Jane and Bingley. Where do I begin? Why were they attracted to one another? There was no explanation to it and yet this entire novel hinged on their relationship. Yes, yes I know that the book is really about Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy (who I’ll get to in a minute) but their relationship wouldn’t exist without Jane and Bingley’s relationship. Yet, there was no serious time spent discovering their relationship.
And I’m going to leave you with my criticism of Mr. Darcy. More accurately, my criticism with the love of Mr. Darcy. I get it, he looks beyond Elizabeth’s physical beauty and he treats her like an equal. And as a feminist I applaud him for it, I really, genuinely do. But that doesn’t detract from the fact that he treated her like crap. It doesn’t detract from the fact that he had this ridiculous superiority complex that he couldn’t overcome. And more importantly, the reason he begins to fall for Elizabeth is because he thinks she’s pretty. Gentleman is one of the farthest words I’d use to talk to describe Mr. Darcy simply for the reason that gentlemen act with decorum and respect regardless of whether said person is attractive or not.
So Mr. Darcy was a let down on two fronts: one, as a character I found him to be irritating and childish for a grown man who claimed decorum and two, he didn’t live up to the hype. I do have to give credit where credit is due and say that his actions towards Jane and Bingley’s relationship were realistic and even, to an extent, understandable. However, they were still – nonetheless – childish.
All in all, I’ve never been more glad to never have to look at a book. Unless you’re into romance novels with a slow plot and lack-luster, one-dimensional characters, I really can’t recommend this one. It’s a classic and I can understand and appreciate it from that perspective, but as a for-pleasure-read it’s not my cup of tea.
I apologize for taking the past two weeks off but I was way too busy to take the time to write a good review. I also apologize for the very negative tone of this review but I wanted to be upfront with you guys on my extreme dislike of this novel.
I’m glad to be back to writing but April marks the beginnings of finals and the million and one tests I’ll be taking so uploads may not be 100% consistent. Again, my apologize but I’m doing the best I can right now.
Let me know what you thought of Pride and Prejudice. Is it one of your faves?