It’s hard to believe that 202 years ago Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was first published. I wonder if Jane had any idea, as she sat writing out her manuscript with ink and quill stewing over the exact words Elizabeth and Darcy would say to each other, that over two hundred years later fans would still be enjoying the trials and tribulations of the Bennett household?!
The first publication in the US happened in 1832. Since its original publication, Pride and Prejudice has never been out of print. I know that I personally own five different copies of this fabulous novel (I know, I know, a little excessive but one is in a hardbound complete works of Jane Austen, one is the marked up copy I used in college, one is a pretty small bound edition that is just fun to hold and read, one is the hardbound single edition my husband brought with him to the marriage that matches his other hardbound classic novels, and of course I have it in ebook). Bravo Miss Austen! Bravo! I know that I will be celebrating this momentous occasion by watching one of the great film editions (okay, any excuse to rewatch one of my favorite shows) but the hard question, as always, is which one to watch, BBC miniseries or Kiera Knightly version?!
Originally published in England in January 1813, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is one the most beloved and endearing classic novels of all time. Pride and Prejudice was first published in the United States in August 1832 as Elizabeth Bennet or, Pride and Prejudice. To date, the book has sold some 20 million copies worldwide and been made into numerous film and radio adaptations. Besides these adaptions, there have also been numerous other books written in the Pride and Prejudice world, everything from the story as seen from Mr. Darcy’s point of view to novels that continue the story after Pride and Prejudice ends, murder mysteries, graphic novels, children board books, and, one of my favorites, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
The anniversary made me start thinking about how many copies of Pride and Prejudice that I own, I am almost embarrassed to say I have three film versions (the BBC 6-hour mini-series starring Colin Firth on Blue-Ray that I just got for Christmas and let me say it is totally worth getting the digitally remastered Blue-Ray, the 2005 version starring Keira Knightly and Mathew Macfadyen, and the 2003 version set in modern-day Utah) and four print copies including a leather bound complete Jane Austen collection and an ebook copy.
Obviously I have a great love of this novel, I think Austen was spot on with her understanding of people and their relationships with one another. We have all known (or acted like) Lydia Bennet with a selfish disregard of others and the consequences of our actions. We have all been embarrassed by a sibling or parent like when Mr. Bennet stops Mary from singing at the party, or Mrs. Bennet with her fixation on superficial things and only caring about marrying off her daughters. Or been in a situation where we believe one side of a story (Mr. Wickham) only to find out what really happened was something completely different or found ourselves judging someone in a social gathering only to find out they are very different in a private setting (Mr. Darcy).
Times change, technology moves forward but at our hearts we are still individuals searching for our place in the world, wanting someone to love us for us, which Jane Austen portrays so well in Pride and Prejudice. Well done Jane, well done, and here’s to another 200 years of your stories being loved.
If you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice yet I highly recommend that you do so. All of Jane Austen’s works are in the public domain, meaning they belong to the public at large so you can get free legal copies of both the audio book and the ebook at the following sites (so no excuses for not having read them):
Free copy of the audio book at LibriVox
Free copy of the ebook at Project Gutenburg
I have to ask, how many copies do you own?
Lizzie has everything planned out for this next school year at the elite private all girls boarding school, The Jane Austen Academy, who she is going to room with, what extra curricular activities she is going to participate in and which colleges she will be applying to in Fall For You By Cecilia Gray. Then the news is released that The Academy has been sold, and if that wasn’t bad enough, boys are now going to be attending her beloved Academy. But Lizzie has a plan to get things back on track and they way that they are supposed to be and those plans don’t include the sexy Dante. But when everything goes wrong, Lizzie finds herself reevaluating everything she thought she knew about herself and others.
Fall For You by Cecilia Gray is a contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The premise of Fall For You intrigued me because I love Pride and Prejudice so much and was interested to see if Cecilia Gray was able to capture the essence of Lizzie. Lizzie is such an intriguing creature, opinionated, loyal, intelligent with just enough wit and foibles to keep her likable. Gray does a good job putting a believe Lizzie into a modern day story. Fall For You is a fun quick glimpse of what Lizzie would be like if she lived now. The only complaint I had was I wish the story was longer, at 105 pages, I finished it in one sitting. I will definitely reading So Into To You, to read Ellie’s story.
Jane Austen Academy Reading Order:Fall For You (Pride and Prejudice)
So Into You (Sense and Sensibility)
When I’m With You (Northhanger Abbey)
Suddenly You (Mansfield Park)
Only with You (Emma)
Always You (Persuasion)
Title: Fall For You
Author: Cecilia Gray
Page Nos.: 105
Publisher: The Alpha Division, LLC
Release Date: February 2012
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from the author but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.
I had a friend share this yesterday and I just had to share it with all of you, my favorite is the chorus, what do you think?