A few months ago I decided to read Pride and Prejudice; not because I felt an undying need to read this classic tale, but rather because it was free on my Kindle. I was able to get through the book rather quickly, but the whole time the story felt a little slow. I was intrigued by Elizabeth Bennet and found her to be similar to one of my all-time favorite literary characters, Jo March from Little Women. However, while Lizzy was a strong willed and outspoken compared to many women from that time period, it was still hard to relate to the storyline with its courtships and hasty marriage proposals. I mean, Matt and I dated for over 8 years before he proposed! The characters in this story have only had a handful of interactions and conversations before becoming betrothed to one and other.
Last night I proceeded to sit home alone, addressing "save the date" envelopes and watching the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice. I am not sure that I have ever said this before, but I think I actually liked the movie better than the book. Because of the constant images on the screen, the visuals of the AMAZING clothing and the condensed version of the story, my attention was captivated for the entire movie. Unlike the book, you easily felt the passion and love that Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy felt for each other. Over the 90 minutes, you experienced the undeniable pull that they felt towards each other. And the more they tried to fight it, the strong it became. By the end of the movie, I was ready to give myself over to Mr. Darcy.
Matt has a lot to live up to. I hope that he starts practicing his vows soon.