I've seen some of the movies and they're not really my thing, you know... The rules, the prissiness, all the fuss over tea and crumpets... So why would I add reading a Jane Austen novel to my 35 Things List? Well, I was starting to feel like I couldn't call myself a woman, especially a Mormon woman living in Utah, if I hadn't read at least one of her books. It might be a greater transgression than not having a homemade wreath you found on Pinterest hanging from your front door. (Oh, don't get offended. You know you have one.) I chose Pride and Prejudice, because I hadn't seen it on film or television and I didn't want my preconceived notions interfering with my reaction to the book. Plus, if I didn't read it soon, my friend Marianne wasn't going to let me come visit her in Montana anymore. She's not Mormon, which piqued my curiousity even more, since apparently a love of Jane Austen is more than just a Utah stereotype. I got off to a slow start. The book is a quick 292 pages and I started the darn thing back in November. I re-read the first 30 pages three times and I never could get to that precipice of interest that causes you to keep turning pages even though you have a million things to do, a house that needs to be cleaned and kids that show no mercy in the morning. I never gave up though... It was on the list, after all... And I'm glad I stuck with it. Jane Austen's descriptions transport you right into the uncomfortable moments and with the subtle sarcasm, I could tell she thought that era was as silly as I do. If I had lived back then, we could have been witty old maids together. (Are you really being judgmental if you are funny?) I didn't fall in love with Mr. Darcy like I had been warned I would. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate a man who can swallow his pride, admit when he's wrong, not give up on a girl and swoop in to save the day.... But I am far too American to fall in love with such a reserved character. I had ancestors fleeing from Great Britain on the Mayflower. I am not really a stuffed shirt kind of girl.... In fact, why wear a shirt at all. Can we talk about Four from Divergent for a second... Hubba... Hubba! Sorry about that. I promise I'm back on track. You get the idea though. Ever since I saw a shirtless Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise, I've had exactly one type of fantasy man and a rule following Brit ain't it. I still get a little irked about Mr. Darcy's initial proposal. Are you kidding me! Over all, I liked it and even though an I Heart Mr. Darcy shirt isn't on my Christmas list, I loved her characters, story and sense of humor. The book was worth reading for Elizabeth's father's comments alone. He had me laughing out loud and that's not easy in a book that takes place in a time period that has me shouting Votes For Women in my head.
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