Reading, and Other Girlie Pursuits.

June 29, 2009

So, I just read Pride and Prejudice. First time. I had never felt all that inspired to read it, since I was always told that the BBC version of the movie was pretty much word for word. So, in essence, I had already read it, right? And I have to be honest, and I know I am going to upset some of you, when I say that when I saw the movie the first time - I think I was a junior in college - I really didn't love it. I'm sorry! It is the truth! And this is the internet. It is sacred. I won't be the one to besmirch the integrity of the internets by lying to you. You deserve better.

Never fear though. Since that first time I have seen Pride and Prejudice a bunch of times (it is in Richard's family what Anne of Green Gables was in mine) and liked it just fine. It is pretty long though. You gotta admit it. Come on.

But the point is that I LOVED the book! Who saw that coming? Did any of you expect that plot twist? How thrilling! And even though the BBC version of the movie is as close to the book as you can get, it still doesn't compare. Why? Because, for one thing, there is a joy to reading that a movie cannot provide. When you are reading a book, and it gets very exciting, you can close the book for a minute so that you can bury your head in your pillow and squeal for a while in excitement and anticipation. You can reread whole passages and then kick your legs in suspense and only move on when you are absolutely ready to do so. A movie just continues on without you whether you are ready or not. And yes, of course you can pause and rewind a movie, (which I did several times when I watched the new version of Pride and Prejudice today; I really like Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy), but it still isn't the same.

And so, I guess what I want to say is that, despite what my title says (and despite the embarrassing way I just described my own reading methods) reading is not just for girls anymore! If you think that you don't really care much for reading, I would argue that that is only because you haven't found the right book. So don't give up! It's out there! Ok. That is enough with the exclamation marks. Just thinking in exclamation marks makes me kinda tired. Better go take a quick nap!

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  1. I've never read it either! But I do sort of like the movie. I even sort of like the new version, and I generally can't stand Kiera Knightly.

  2. I am ashamed to admit I have never read this book OR seen the movie. But you make me want to. I'm off to download it to my Kindle - thanks!

  3. I watched the movie when I was younger and didn't love it. I didn't hate it, I was just intensely bored. But I do love a good book. Thank you for the recommendation! I might actually read this now.

    If you're looking for exactly THAT sort of book, by the way, may I suggest one of my all-time favorites, The Scarlet Pimpernel? I'm convinced it's one of the greatest novels ever written.

  4. Thanks Abby. I didn't love that movie either, but I will give the book a try. Time to go to the Library!

  5. Never read the book. Just had no desire, until NOW. I think I will just be your reading shadow this summer. Sounds like a fun Tag a long

  6. Yeah, the movie was a bit cheesy, even though I still love it since having read the book and all. But that book--I swear my heart skipped several beats reading it. And I'm not even that sorta girl ordinarily. Honest.

  7. I am glad I am not the only one who puts down the book and does the girly squeal. That is the sign of a good romance like Pride and Prejudice. Didn't squeal during Twilight. (I'm just sayin)

  8. Now you really should read the other side of the story, from Darcey's view. I loved them!
    Pamela Aiden has three books (a trilogy). They are very well written...seems like Austen wrote them herself, well close and the same style.

    1. Duty and Desire: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman
    2.An Assembly Such as This: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman
    3.These Three Remain: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman