my first book this year was pride and prejudice by jane austen. this one has been on my list for a long time. believe it or not, i have NEVER read it!! i LOVED it. mr. collins is almost unbearable in the book. i felt elizabeth's hatred for mr. darcy so completely reading her thoughts. watching the movie you just don't get that! and the profundity of their their love was much more powerful than any film version i have ever seen. i also felt like movies don't do justice to how much time it takes for elizabeth and jane to get their happily ever after. it's not 30 minutes. it's about a year.
ok, enough comparing books and movies.
pride and prejudice is a masterpiece. it is almost completely character-driven. elizabeth is such a brilliant character that she carries the whole story line. the plot is excellent but it wouldn't work with, let's say, jane, as the main character because she is too boring. she never has anything bad to say about anyone. people naturally think negative thoughts about other people. they are suspicious, judgmental, and sensitive, and elizabeth brings all that out. plus amazing one liners like, "From the first moment I met you, your arrogance and conceit, your selfish disdain for the feelings of others made me realize that you were the last man in the world I could ever be prevailed upon to marry." HAHAHA! she is fantastic. she is the queen of this book.
i also enjoyed the ridiculousness of lydia while reading the book. she is insane. (i'm gonna compare the movie again!) in the movie, i kinda felt like they are making a bigger deal than necessary of lydia's elopement. but it really was incredibly scandalous. even in 2014, people refrain from staying in hotels without being married. imagine 18whatever year it was. the gravity of her foolishness is much weightier when you get all the details from lizzie.
basically, i loved p&p. i totally recommend it to any and everyone.