Friday, March 13, 2009

Taking A Deep Breath...

I'm sure you've all heard of this book. It's one of those classics that every woman reads and LOVES. Well, almost every woman.

(Ahem.)

First let me apologize in advance to all of the intelligent, funny, wonderful women I know who love this book.

I have a confession to make. I have a really hard time with Pride and Prejudice. I read it because I wanted to know what the big hoopla over it was but I have never had a more difficult time following a story in my life. I had to go back and read some parts a second and third time to try to get what was going on. And I get it (the story) but I don't get it (the hoopla).

Let's just get it all out there...

I am COMPLETELY okay with never reading it again.

I know, I am a disgrace to the female gender. I'm sorry... really, I am. I wanted so badly to finish this book and have some understanding of why everyone loves it and why women everywhere swoon over Mr. Darcy but you know what? He's not real. There is NO Mr. Darcy. He's a fictional character and he does not exist. Kind of like Edward in the Twilight books. (Put down your pitchfork! I'm just saying!!)

Well, I've come clean.

(exhale)

I hope we can still be friends.

14 comments:

Sister Pottymouth said...

I just knew we were kindred spirits! I have actually finished P&P (once because I figured I should read it at least once, and a second time for book club because I had to), but I would be very content if I never read it again. And although Twilight was a fun read, I can't say I'll read the series again. (Phew! It feels good to come clean.)

Kristi Wilkins said...

I feel the same way about Jane Eyre. I think it is so boring and I can't try to read it anymore!

Rebecca said...

I like the movies based on Jane Austen novels, though. And I also liked the movie about Jane Austen, herself. This may be one of those rare cases where the movie is better than the book.

Happy Hubby, JJ, Bugs, Nenie and Sadie Jo said...

I have never read it, nor will I. I forced myself through the "short" version of the movie and there is no way I will attempt the 3 hour version.

Sorry Mr Darcy, ya aint all that!

simplysarah said...

I used to really love the book. I think it appealed to my teenage sense of romance. I am still a fan of Austen's wit, writing style, and believable character development (her characters remind me of myself and of other people I know), but the LOVE story is no longer my cup of tea.

I'm guessing you just approached the material with a better dose of reality than some of the rest of us;)

cari said...

I've never made it to the end. I totally understand not being able to follow it. I do love the recent movie though. Mostly because I love the music and the dresses and I think Mr. Darcy is handsome. But, you aren't alone.

Katie said...

Gerb, you are for sure the woman I want to be like when I grow up. Although I think I would disagree with you on this one. You almost have to watch the marathon movie (BBC version) to get a real perspective on just how funny it really is.

Anaise said...

Well, I am a true Austen fan. I have read all of her books, more than once; I think the books are far better than any movie can ever make them, no matter how delightful the movie; and I re-read my favorite 3 regularly.

That said, hey, everyone's entitled to her own opinion!

P&P appealed more to my teenage self--more impetuous, more worried about what people thought of me, more inclined to fantasy.

Persuasion is my current favorite--the heroine, Anne, is gentle and refined and solid gold that is undervalued by the people around her. She is weak (easily persuaded), but finds her strength over the course of the novel, emerging as one of my very favorite literary characters ever.

And one final note--Austen was a social satirist. She was making fun of the people and culture she lived in; she had perspective--that's what keeps me coming back for more.

That's it; lecture over! :)

(PS--Isn't it lovely to know you are out of school, and a grown up who gets to make her own choices, and you never have to read it again!)

Boyd and Sarise said...

I have never read the book and never seen the movie. Neither one appeal to me. For some reason they have always sounded boring, and I've never had any interest in them. I have seem the shorter version of the movie, and not my thing. I guess there's more women out there like us than I thought!

Michelle said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels that way.

My roomates watched it several times. I could never sit through more than 10 minutes of the movie, without being bored out of my mind.

Not to mention trying to read the book. Kudos to you for actually reading it!

Pam said...

Wow, check out all those comments! You're not alone...I'm an English major who doesn't like it or the movie. Hope they don't revoke my diploma...

Gerb said...

Sis. P- Yet another reason why we were meant to be related...

Kristi- My oldest is reading that book for English. I almost joined him - but didn't. I'll read that one eventually just to say I did, though. That's how I roll.

Bec- I made it about 2 hours into the 100 hour (give or take a few) BBC or A&E or ??? version before I made an excuse to leave. I really, really wanted to like it... but it was not meant to be.

Jen- I won't attempt the short version, then. Thanks for taking one for the team.

Sarah- One thing I had a hard time with was following all of the characters in the book. There were too many people for me to keep track of along with how they were related (or not related) to each other. Now, Life of Pi - there's a book we can both love. Agreed?

cari- I would have loved to have lived in those times just to be dressed all fancy-like. Except no one showered very often. Hmmm... I guess I'll stick with the present-day.

Katie- Thanks for the huge compliment... as for the movie, I tried. I think Allen enjoys that kind of stuff more than I do. And you know what? I love differences of opinion. it's what keeps life interesting. If we all agreed on everything, wouldn't life be BORING?

Anaise- Maybe I'll try reading Persuasion. And yes - I am so glad I don't have to read some of those books my English teacher forced upon me EVER again!

Sarise- Amen, sister.

Michelle- Same with my roommates. They LOVED it. When they put it in I would go for a run. In a lightning storm, with rain pouring down in sheets. Maybe this is part of the reason I love the rain so much...

Pam- Did you know I was going to major in English? Except I could never get the symbolism of things. I hated symbolism. So I switched to Early Childhood Education. And then Deaf Studies. And then never graduated. But I still love English.

Panama Jones said...

I haven't tried Jane Austen yet, but I read David Copperfield by Charles Dickens a few months back. My experience wasn't quite as bad as yours, but it was difficult at times. Annette and I had seen the Masterpieced Theater version several years ago and absolutely loved it. Ever since I have wanted to read it. Well, I kept my goal, but I'm not dying to read anymore Dickens. The style of writing in the 19th century just doesn't work so well in the 21st. In my opinion. So enjoy the movies (Sense and Sensibility is incredible). I know I do.

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