I just finished Pride and Prejudice this weekend. I hate to admit it but my choice of reading often is inspired by the movies I see and enjoy. Especially since I know that if I enjoy the movie, the books are bound to be ten times better! I have to say though, that the 2005 version may have done this one justice. My biggest gripe is that they compressed everything to make it appear as if everything happened in a matter of months when really is was over a year. Things that lasted a week in the book were portrayed as lasting only a day in the movie. That just makes things seem so incredible… that people can change so much over night or should fall in love so quickly. It also took away from how enduring the love of these men were that despite perceived rebuffs from the object of their affection, they remained still completely in love though hopeless as it were. It makes the happy ending all the more gratifying. Otherwise, I think the right choices were made in terms of what to keep and what to cut… even how it was cast. I’m curious to watch the 1995 version to see what choices they made.
All-in-all though, I love the story and I love the message… the fact that two people can misunderstand one another so completely and abhor in each other the very traits they themselves are sometimes guilty of. I love that they both challenge each other to be better people, to be self critical and at the same time be more understanding, accepting, and forgiving of the flaws in others. It’s so ground-breaking that Jane Austen created such a character as lively, independent, forthright and genuine as Elizabeth. Good read. I’ll have to read more of Jane Austen’s work… good thing I have another two on the shelf! =)