Do you guys remember when I talked about how much I love Pride and Prejudice? If you don’t remember, you can go back in time and read about it in my review for The Season here.
Now you remember?
Yeah. So when I talked about how much I love anything Pride and Prejudice related, I meant everything. However, I left out a small detail.
I’ve never actually read P&P.
Yes. I know. Stop yelling at me. I know Jane Austen was the first true YA author. I know, how dare I?
But the honest to god reason I’ve never read it is because I read Persuasion, which is a perfectly fine book, but struggled with her writing. You see, I love classics, but Austen is a tough read for me and a lot of the time I have to reinterpret what I’m reading while I’m reading it. So, reading P&P fell low on my list of books to read after I struggled through Persuasion.
Now that I’m actually reading it (and guess what, I’m obsessed) I decided to compile an entire list of reasons why everyone should read P&P.
- Caroline Bingly: There is no mean girl like Caroline. You guys, she has an entire speech making fun of Darcy about how he should never have a portrait of Lizzy put up because “…for what painter could do justice to those beautiful eyes?” She even throws shade at Mrs. Bennet by referring to her as Darcy’s “mother-in-law”. I wish I could mean girl as hard as Caroline and feel no shame. Girl is fire.
- I’m finally in on the joke: Everyone that read P&P always seems to be in on some weird joke. I now feel like I’m a part of this very exclusive club. Though, it’s not exclusive because everyone and their mother has read P&P and also, there is no joke. I just finally feel less like a liar.
- Darcy: Caroline may have been my number one, but Darcy is definitely my number 3. This guy is such an asshole and it’s like Austen was like, “Every girl loves an asshole therefore every girl will love Darcy.” There isn’t much more to it, honestly.
- Darcy & Bingly Bromance: These guys love each other. Even when Darcy is telling Bingly he’s an idiot doormat that changes his views too often. Bingly just takes it in stride and still looks out for his dude with the ladies. Also, are you even surprised that this is a thing? Austen basically crafted a solid 19th century bromance.
- My brain is processing: I haven’t read books at the level that P&P is at since college. So, roughly a little more than two years. It feels really good to flex that muscle and realize that I still have the ability to read, understand and enjoy a book at this caliber.
I could give you a dozen more reasons, but I feel that for now five is plenty. Let me know if you’ve read P&P. Also, what’s your list?