Sunday, January 6, 2013

Pride & Prejudice - 200th Anniversary Read-a-long

January 28th is Pride and Prejudice's 200th Anniversary.  Hard to believe we're still crushing on Mr. Darcy, pretending to be Elizabeth Bennet and wondering what in the world was Lydia thinking all these years later.  But we are!  Mr. Darcy is still my #1 fictional boyfriend and sometimes I still like to pretend I'm Lizzie Bennet (excuse me while I go take a walk around room).

If ever a book deserved a BIG birthday bash it's Pride and Prejudice.  So me and Ash over at Typing Tiara decided to throw it a birthday bash blogger style.  And not just because Mr. Darcy still makes us swoon.  Let's talk about the fact that Jane Austen was a female author in a time that wasn't very friendly to females, the fact that her heroine had a mind of her own (heck yeah!) and that this is one of the only women-written novels studied in most high schools (YAY for it, BOO for the education system).

What does this call for? A READ-A-LONG of course!  During January let's all read Pride & Prejudice together.  Since it's almost impossible to review Pride and Prejudice for those of us who have read it over and over and over and over again, I thought it might be fun to also watch your FAVORITE adaption to compare the stories. Or if you're more capable than me you can just review the book.

For me that means I'll be rewatching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (see what I did there? See how I found an excuse to watch them again? Not that I need one but this "time wasting" will now be legit blog business).

List of potential Pride & Prejudice adaptions:

  1. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
  2. BBC Mini series with Colin Firth
  3. BBC Mini series I just discovered on Netflix
  4. Lawrence Oliver
  5. 2005 version
  6. Bride and Predjudice (because why not)
  7. Bridget Jones Diary
  8. Lost in Austen
(Give me more and I'll add them to the list)

If you're participating use the button belowand add me and Ash over at Goodreads. On January 28th come back to Galavanting Girl Books and post you're links to your Pride & Prejudice blogs and we'll all come together to swoon over Mr. Darcy and pretend that we're Elizabeth Bennet, again.


Catie said...

Woohooo!!! This sounds like an excellent opportunity for a book vs. movie post. :) Such a great idea, Cassi. I pulled P&P off the shelf of my high school library when I was 16 years old and read it while sitting in the back of the library...without ever checking it out, haha. I can still remember grinning like a maniac on the bus ride home on the day that I finally finished it. I think I've also seen all of the adaptations you mentioned...PLUS the mormon inspired one that was released in the 2000's sometime. Seriously. I love P&P THAT MUCH.

Emilee said...

Okay, this looks absolutely awesome!! I adore Pride and Prejudice, and this makes a way to like actually review it and like compare it to the movies! This'll be fun!
Emilee from Fantastical Paper Realm

Heidi said...

I love this idea! Count me in. I actually put P&P on my Kindle last summer thinking it was time for a reread, but haven't had the impetus to do so--I certainly do now!

Also I was INCENSED when I went to watch the BBC mini series on Netflix certain it was the Colin Firth version and finding out otherwise. Still a bit miffed--I would have asked for it for Christmas if I'd realized it wasn't that easy to access. :P

Cassi Haggard said...

There's a Mormon adaption of Pride & Prejudice? I didn't even know that existed.

Emilee: Glad you're joining us! YAY.

Heidi: I went to Netflix to look for the Colin Firth version and was surprised it wasn't there. The BBC is such a torturous monster.

Anonymous said...

This is a great event. Thanks for organizing it. I have a Pride and Prejudice post in mind already and look forward to participating.

veela-valoom said...

Thanks for joining! It's the perfect book for a re-read.