Pride and Prejudice: Mr Darcy’s First Proposal

Burn, Darcy. Burn!

So we finally covered Mr Darcy’s proposal in English Literature class and let’s just say that as the teacher read the passage, I was mouthing the words and hearing in my mind the swoon-worthy tone of Matthew Macfadyen. I am aware that there are other Mr Darcys out there, though I know the 2004 movie adaptation is far from being the most accurate to the novel, I still think Macfadyen wins as the ‘top Darcy’ simply because of his voice.

Oh, and the passion between their characters! It’s just so… ohmigoshsogreat, y’know?? It completely takes my breath away. And then I thought about my third* favourite Darcy, and how Colin Firth managed to make you feel sorry for him even though he insults Elizabeth so thoroughly. In the 1996 television version, I absolutely love the proposal scene because not only does it stay true to the novel, but Ehle’s coldness was how I imagined Elizabeth to react.

Though Keira Knightley was great and everything, I felt the scene was dramatised too much. I mean, c’mon! The prophetic fallacy? The raining? It get’s old, man. Besides, Ehle’s Elizabeth was strong, and she didn’t nearly kiss Darcy in the heat of passion… unlike Knightley. ^_^

Moving on to the other interpretations of Darcy’s proposal, I came across the 1940s film Continue reading


Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

So it only took me approximately two and a half months to finish reading the book. I began reading on the 9th of April, immediately after I finished reading Emma while on a flight to Manila. That book I began reading near the beginning of this year, and between school and my ‘busy’ virtual life, it took me four months to read.

Anyway, Northanger Abbey is just a nice read. It’s quite funny, quite like Emma was, though I doubt Northanger Abbey was meant to be humorous. It was funny for me, anyhow. It was easy for me to laugh at Catherine’s antics, especially during her first night at the Abbey. She craves so much for drama in her life, and I can kind of relate to her in that sense. With my overactive imagination, I sometimes imagine what my life would be like if it were just like a novel. Of course, unlike Catherine, I know the difference between fact and fiction…

…I think. ;D

Near the beginning of this story, before Catherine stays at the Abbey with her friends the Tilneys, she mostly hung around with this girl she met in Bath named Isabella. My first reaction to reading that name was: “Wow, that’s the same as Emma Woodhouse‘s sister in Emma.” My second was: “Huh, I wonder if there’s an Edward character around.”

I do apologize for the Twilight reference. It’s the Twi-hard in me.

Isabella Thorpe is a very loquacious girl and she’s my least favorite characters. She has lots of lines in the books, and I found that trying to read them just made my head ache. She’s a piece of work — you can easily tell her fake attitude when she speaks, which I suppose was kind of indirect characterization. When the engagement broke up between her and Catherine’s brother, James, I sided with James. Just like Mrs. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, I don’t like Isabella Thorpe.

Well, actually… Here’s another Twilight reference. Isabella Thorpe reminds me of Jessica Stanley. She’s like a Jessica and a Lauren Mallory combined.

As for Catherine, her naïvety just irked me a little bit. I get that she’s the main character and everything, but still. (It’s been mentioned more than once in the story that she’s the “heroine”, though frankly I don’t understand this.) I just had to roll my eyes at some passages of the book when describing her theories and wishes to compare the Abbey and the people residing there to her mystery novels.

The romance in the story comes in the form of Mr. Tilney, and I find it very refreshing that he only liked Catherine because she liked him first. At least, that is how I understood it in this passage:

…his affection originated in nothing better than gratitude, or, in other words, that a persuasion of her partiality for him had been the only cause of giving her [Catherine] a serious thought.

Northanger Abbey is a worthwhile read. Or if you’re too lazy to read its intricate English, just watch the 1986 film. There’s the more recent 2007 TV drama. Fair warning though: I haven’t seen either of those adaptations, so I can’t guarantee that they’d be loyal to the book.

Have fun reading!

#23 – A picture of your favorite book

I can’t say I have a favorite book, seeing as I’ve read so much I can’t even remember the last name of the authors, let alone any major plot lines other than she was the bad guy and he was the father of the good guy who was the secret weapon — or whatever.

What is a favorite book, anyway? Am I just supposed to look at the fiction books, or are non-fiction books allowed to? How about ebooks, because I have plenty of them.

In my opinion, a favorite book is book, fiction-wise, that is so well written the reader just can’t put it down. The reader would have to forced to read it first thing in the morning and wouldn’t be able to let go until it’s late at night. The reader would have to be forced to read-walk and to read while eating. The reader would have to be moved so that after reading the last word and seeing the great expanse of blank page after that last paragraph, he or she would just sit back and look blankly ahead and just sigh for a story well written.

I’m picky about books, and I don’t like mistakes. When I see a typographical error or an excess in punctuation — hello Stephenie Meyer and your addiction to commas — then I’d feel that slight tingle of annoyance. And that’d just ruin the story for me.

Though I like guessing at what would happen, if I am proven correct and that spooky neighbor really did turn out to be the bad guy, then I’d lose a little respect for the author. I want something that would make me gasp out loud and shriek to the world (i.e. my friends and family) that I did not see that coming. I want to think back on that moment, think back on my reaction, hours later and just smile because a good story made me react like that.

To quote a wise sage whose name I can’t recall right now:

A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age…

So if I had to choose a favorite book — and skipping the Harry Potter series because that would be an unfair advantage ;D — I would have to choose the following two books (because I can’t choose between them):

  1. Emma by Jane Austen, a book I’ve been reading since the beginning of the year and had finished just as summer started 
  2. and Ella Enchanted by Gail Carlson Levine, a sweet story I’ve read in one day
Emma I’ve chosen because I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve laughed out loud while reading it. And Mr. Knightley is ever so lovable. ^_^
As for Ella Enchanted, I just really like those kind of stories that are so sweet and innocent. And the love story between Ella and Char, in my opinion, was not mentioned enough, it made me crave for more.

So there you have it, folks. My two favorite books. Care to tell me yours?

Pride and Prejudice

Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Charles Bingley, Caroline Bingley, Jane Bennet… oh, those characters we all know and love. (Yes, even Caroline.)

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

It’s been ages since I’ve read the book — in 2007, to be precise, and even then I was so young I barely understood what was happening because of  the hard words and the relatively new (in an old way) sentence structure. I only read it because a classmate of mine recommended the story to me. She was talking about the movie, of course, but since I didn’t have a copy then, I went straight to the library to get the copy of the book.

I’ve seen the movie, of course. And by movie I mean the one with Keira Knightley as the witty Miss Eliza Bennet. It was only recently that I’ve come across a DVD copy of the television series… you know, the one with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy?

(Oh, Mr. Darcy!)


Anyhow, having seen the two different interpretations of Jane Austen‘s wonderful work, I’ve come to the conclusion that one: Matthew Macfadyen’s version of the proposal was much better, what with his deep, swoon-able voice working for him; and two: Colin Firth’s lake scene was certainly blush worthy. Now I know what the fuss was all about! =P

Certainly both interpretations were wonderful in their own right. The television series had more time, so it was the most accurate with the book. Yet, the movie was comical and Mrs. Bennet was less annoying. Yes, yes, I know. Mrs. Bennet is supposed to be annoying. But she irks me, all right? I just couldn’t stand it.

Now, I’m off to watch Macfadyen read Pride and Prejudice. Wanna watch it with me? Just go here.