Last week I had my first encounter with Jane Austen, and … it didn’t work out so well. For my English major I’ve had to read a lot of what is classified as literature. I’ve struggled through Chaucer, had a love affair with Milton, and been wowed by Mary Shelley.
But Jane … oh Jane.
Pride and Prejudice has been sitting on my shelf for quite a few years. A close friend of mine loves this book, and doesn’t hold back whenever the subject of Mr Darcy pops up. I’ve been told many times that P&P is a wonderful classic. It’s a romantic and literary masterpiece. So, I went in highly optimistic and quite excited to finally have a reason (or a nudge) to read this much loved book.
To say I was disappointed is an understatement. P&P is a book I’ve been told I’m supposed to love. And I just don’t. At first I felt guilty that I hate something so many others rave about. But I’ve come to the conclusion that this story (for me) has been so glorified over time that people must be more in love with the act of being in love rather than actually being in love.
I found the story tedious, the characters shallow, and I wondered most of the time how such an earth shattering romance can possibly develop when the two characters falling in love never really saw each other! Mr Darcy has been put up on this massive pedestal, and by the time I got to the end of the book, I really did wonder what all the fuss was about.
Now, the BBC mini-series adaptation in my opinion is a wonderful thing. It has breathed a life into this story that just wasn’t there for me between the pages. Dare I say in this instance that the movie was better than the book? Yes, I think that’s exactly what I’ll say. The mini-series is witty, and funny, and there’s tension, and interest. None of which I got from reading P&P.
Have you ever read anything you’ve been told you should like (or love) and then loathed it all together? Tell me if there are any books that have affected you in this way. I’d also love to know what you think about P&P, if you’ve read it.
K. A. Last has finally finished her YA series and can’t wait to get it into the hands of her readers. She is the author of Sacrifice, Fall For Me, Fight For Me, and Immagica. She drinks lots of tea, is obsessed with Buffy, and loves all things purple (it used to be pink). K. A. Last hangs out on Facebook or you can find her on twitter and Goodreads. She’s also been known to blog once in a while.