Sunday, July 02, 2006

Pride and Prejudice

I recently finished reading Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I really wanted to watch the movie, but not until I read the book. The last few weeks I had been looking for the A&E miniseries, which I have heard from reliable sources to be superior to the recent adaptation. I couldn't find it anywhere. Then on Friday, we recieved a Best Buy gift certificate in the mail from our realtor, and I remembered Best Buy has lots of movies! So we go there and I get the very last copy of A&E's Pride and Prejudice . What great timing. (The boy's got a new computer game based on the movie Cars. )

Yesterday was either raining or threatening rain so it was a perfect day to relax and watch my new movie. And I did. It took most of the day since it's a long movie, and there were many interruptions. I also spent an hour of it on the treadmill. It's a great movie, just like Emma. I used to watch that one all the time. At some point, I will probably rent the new Pride and Prejudice starring Kiera Knightly. However, it will be hard to see anybody but Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. Even as I read the book thats who I saw in my head.

Thats how I spent my Saturday, much to the puzzlement of the menfolk.


Blogger Princess Ruby said...

I hear it is a great book/movie but have yet to venture into it. My friend has the movie- I will have to get it from her sometime. I don't like how they make movies so different from books though (like The Notebook). I find the books much better, but I am a 'bookworm'.

Sounds like a nice relaxing Saturday!

3:52 PM  
Blogger tammara said...

Ah, something about which I can claim actual expertise!! I read Pride and Prejudice in my late 20's, and I loved it. When the A&E miniseries came out, I watched it and fell in love with Colin Firth. (Lucky you - I had to watch it one hour at a time, once a week. It nearly killed me to get through that six weeks!) That version, I can promise everyone, is perfect and almost dead-on to the book. I bought it as soon as it came out on video tape, and replaced it with the DVDs as soon as I could.

The new Keira Knightly version is very good, too - though they had to cut a lot of material - which actually makes the story much easier to follow, I think, if you already know it.

Emma is another favorite. Have you seen Sense and Sensibility (with Emma Thompson)? Wonderful stuff. So romantic it will drive the menfolk from the house, moaning in confusion as they go... I adore Jane Austen. (If you hadn't already guessed that, lol.)

1:14 AM  
Blogger Amie said...

Yes, I think the miniseries is as close to the book as it could possibly be. I'm sure there are some, but I can't even think of a part that was cut out. I have seen Sense and Sensibility, also good.

Jamie, I agree that the book is always better.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Genevieve said...

This is one of my favorite books. I love the Colin Firth version, and in fact I need to watch it again soon. I also thought the Kiera Knightly version was quite good, and I did enjoy it. I did even like that other dude as Mr Darcy, once I got over the he's-not-Colin-Firth thing. but maybe you'll like it more if you have some space in between versions.

12:04 PM  

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