From a pretty young age, I’ve been a bookworm. I loved playing soccer, hide-and-seek and hopscotch with the best of them but reading…well that is something I never bored of.
Confession to my parents who may be reading this post:
When you used to ground me for whatever transgression I committed as a child, I secretly squirmed with glee.
You mean I have no TV, no playtime with friends for X number of days….but I can read in my room?
Truthfully your grounding was no punishment.
Reading is joy
I love reading so much I majored in English literature at university. It was there I was introduced to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Have you read it?
For me, that novel never gets old. I’ve read it countless times.
While it can be read as Austen’s pointed criticism of Victorian society – that women couldn’t get anywhere in life without marrying well, and that social standing and wealth do not necessarily breed morality and honour – it also reads beautifully as a love story.
It’s the perfect romance novel, really. Here are these two people who just can’t get over their own pride and prejudice to see they are in fact, perfect for one another.
You be dissed, Darcy
One of my favourite scenes from the book (and the BBC miniseries) is when Elizabeth pointedly slams Mr. Darcy for his most unflattering marriage proposal:
You can’t help but cringe at Elizabeth’s harsh words, but yikes. Tell a girl you love her despite of her family and social standing and well..what do you expect?
With all the movie adaptions and spin-off books (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies anyone?), it’s no surprise this Austen novel is pop-u-lar.
Wikipedia tells me that to date, the book has sold some 20 million copies worldwide.
My favourite way to revisit this Austen classic, is to grab the book off the shelf and open it at random. Jumping into the story this way almost like reading it anew.
I never know which part will sweep me away.
Okay, Day Four of Five for Five and I’m still going strong. Today’s theme is “age” and I decided to apply it to my ageless, timeless love of this Jane Austen gem. Do you have a favourite book you turn to time and time again?
There are so many great reads on the theme of age waiting for you at Momalom.com – check them out.