Contains spoilers from Pride and Prejudice.
Let me start with the fact that I don’t like Jane Austen, in fact, I refused to read any of her work until I was forced to read Sense and Sensibility in my freshman year of college. Avoiding Austen at all costs probably had something to do with internalized misogyny(re: my article about YA Romance), but I also have/had legitimate qualms with her writing style.
I found and still find Austen’s sentence structure to be annoying and grammar overworked. But there’s no getting around that because Pride and Prejudice was written over 200 years ago! Don’t you think it would be weird if her writing didn’t sound weird to modern tastes? Now that I’ve read more than one Jane Austen book, I now believe that Jane Austen doesn’t entirely suck. We love character growth.
Pride and Prejudice is a better book than Sense and Sensibility. It’s less wordy and the plot is quicker—though it still took me almost a month to get through it. And, if you want to get any of the aforementioned yearning and suffering from our main character, you have to fight through the first two volumes of the book(~260 pages). It is only after the truth comes out about Mr. Wickham that Mr. Darcy’s favor can be restored in Elizabeth’s eyes. Then the games begin.
In the end, Mr. (Fitzwilliam) Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are married, but how did they go from enemies to lovers? Here is a short guide to get the girl, according to Pride and Prejudice:
In all seriousness, I don’t believe Mr. Darcy had this plan to marry Elizabeth, but it is quite interesting, the winding road Austen walks the reader through. If you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice, or have seen the movie and not the book, I recommend you give it a go. You’re sure to find it online from your local library or at a used book store.
is a writer based in North Carolina. She attends writing classes of all kinds at UNC Chapel Hill and has a particular fondness for sharp imagery. In her free time, she drafts her own novels.
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