First I'll start out with Pride and Prejudice the book. This book is about misconceptions, love, pride and prejudice from all sides. I love this book, and I think the story teaches a lot of good lessons. This book is funny. Before I read this book, someone had said to me that this book is funny. And I was like, "No way is this old book funny!" But guess what? It is!
I am going to say that the first 18 chapters are slow. I had a really hard time getting past them, but you may not, if you don't know who everyone is already. There is a chapter at the end of the book that is just a description of a dinner table! The book is at a point where you just want things to happen and characters to be with their "love"; all we get is a telling of how the dinner table is set up!
Back to good things. Jane Austen is great at character development! Wow! What you think about someone can go from 0 to 60 in this book! Over all, I really liked this book and want to read more Jane Austen . I finally read all of this book back in December 2014, but I got the book way back in November 2013. Sadly, I had been trying to read Pride and Prejudice since then, and I kept stopping at chapter 18 or 19. I just could not keep reading, and then I was like "I guess this book is just not for me," but then I was like "It has to be! I love all the adaptations! I have to like the book". So, I got a free audio-book (not from audible but from LibriVox!) and got past those chapters. I was able to read smoothly from a paperback book after that.
I saw the movie before I read the book... Yes, I know. How could I? But I did not own the book, and I was sick at the time. So, it's not like I could just run out to the library and get it. And I did know that it was one of the books that I wanted to own in my life, and have in my library, seeing as it is a "classic" and all.
If I had not watched the movie, I may have not read the book until was very old, and like "Oh, I think I want to read that. I guess now that I am old, I am 998, and this is a book that was much loved in the old days."
The movie out in 2005, starring Keira Knightly as Elizabeth Bennet, is a pretty good book to movie adaptation. The actors really portrayed the characters well. I thought the costuming was about 85% good, 15% not-so-good. The movie did cut out a lot of the middle of the book and some things were changed. I don't get why some of the things they changed were changed. Unfortunately, my favorite part of the book is the middle part. I do get why they had to cut out some of my favorite parts. The book is on the long side, and that would make a very long movie that I would see, but not everyone would like to watch hours on end of pride and prejudice.
I recommend this book for ages
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on youtube was the first literary web series that I watched. I marathoned it in one or two days. There is cursing in some episodes, which I don't appreciate. Overall, the actors, writers, and producers did a good job of making a modern adaptation of the book. The web series really made me want to read the book more, because I watched this before I read the book.