Happy ‘P&P’ Birthday!

JAWAs I sit here and contemplate and read everything about the 200th anniversary of  Jane Austen’s writing of ‘Pride and Prejudice’  I wonder how many of us have read it or for that matter, any other of her wonderful works. Just in case you’ve never read it, now you can read it here.

Here’s what ‘Jane Austen’s Regency World’ is saying today…

“The media is awash with stories how today – Monday, January 28, 2013 – is the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Chawton Cottage appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning.

The P&P readathon is being streamed from the Jane Austen Centre here in Bath.

And the Pride & Prejudice special edition of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine is still available – as is Celebrating Pride and Prejudice, by Maggie Lane and Hazel Jones, marking 200 years of Jane Austen’s ‘darling child'”.

To all of you that haven’t read Jane, I so hope you at least watched some of the mini series and movies that tried to capture her written word. Instead of writing my thoughts on everything Austen, I ‘raided’ the You Tube and here’s what I came up with….

Laurence Olivier

Colin Firth

David Rintoul

Matthew Macfadyen

Elliot Cowan

Martin Henderson

And here are some of my favorite scenes from my favorite movies/series….

Out of all her works, what did you like the best? Who is your favorite Darcy and why? To one of you, b2b will send ‘LOST IN AUSTEN’ mini series that I fell in love with the first time I saw it! *US ONLY ;(

If you’re impatient to see if you’re the winner of this series, here it is in its entirety.

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26 thoughts on “Happy ‘P&P’ Birthday!

  1. While Colin Firth really makes my heart do a pitter-patter number, I honestly have to say that Matthew MacFayden gave the best portrayal of Darcy. His facial expressions, the hurt/fear/confusion in his eyes are all just so incredibly believable and spot on to the character of Darcy.

  2. Jane Austen. *sigh* I loved both David Rintoul & Elliot Cowan. I cant really pick which i loved more. Both movies are my favorite and the characters are so enjoyable! :) Thanks for sharing! Im feeling a P&P marathon coming on! hehe Thank you!! :)

  3. Wow, 200 years and still so influential. I am in the vast majority of everything Austen. Multiple times I have tried to pick up and enjoy P&P, and I never seem to be able to connect with the characters. I can appreciate it for what it did in its time, the barriers it broke…but as for the writing itself I will never be a fan.

    You did a lot of work pulling the pics and youtube, nice of you to share! I hope whoever wins is as much as a fanatic as you Mel!
    (no need to enter me in the drawing, but a nice post!)

  4. I adore “Lost in Austen”! I laughed out loud when I first saw the scene of him rising out of the water — it was absolutely, hilariously perfect. LOL I guess I’m a traditionalist when it comes to Mr. Darcy, since whenever I hear the name, I automatically think of Colin Firth. :)

  5. Hi Mel –

    I recently found out an interesting back about Jane Austin’s books! Did you know that originally Northanger Abbey and Persuassion were released in one volume?

    Wouldn’t you love to find a copy at a yard sale?

  6. The first Jane Austen book I read was “Emma” and it has been my favorite but “Pride and Prejudice” runs a very close second. My favorite Mr. Darcy is Colin Firth. He was the first one I saw, and will ever after be the only one. Whenever I re-read P and P, he’s the one I picture.

  7. Ohhh, I loved them ALL!! Seriously. Every single actor who played Darcy did it well, IMO. He’s just a fabulous character. I saw David Rintoul in the role first…then Olivier…then Firth & Macfadyen & the others. But I think the Darcy of my imagination is my very favorite. :)

  8. I couldn’t image another Darcy besides Colin Firth. He was just so perfect for the role. I resisted watching the movie version, but finally caved and found that I really, really liked that version too! Both play Darcy in their own unique ways and I think it works well.

    Good for us, no? :D

  9. Love Colin Firth! I have to say though, Lost in Austen was so great and I really like Eliot Cowan as well :) But Colin Firth is definitely the definitive Darcy in my mind.

  10. Happy birthday~to me. LOL I love Matthew Macfadyen~! He was the one that got me to love British men and their accents and with Jane Austen’s books! Lost in Austen is one of my favorites. Was up late one night, su~per late, surfing the net and had the tv on channel 2 and then–flash, Lost in Austen came on and everything stopped– I got hooked~ Have watched it 3 times now or more and still love it!

  11. I love, love, love Matthew MacFayden! Colin Firth makes me swoon, but Matthew MacFayden made Mr. Darcy sexy! I’ve never heard of Lost in Austen, so I will have to find that ASAP! Jane Austen stories are “dated” but timeless (if that makes sense). Emma (with Gwen & Jeremy) is also one of my all-time favorites and love how it was adapted to Clueless. I only saw Sense & Sensibility once and Mom and I plan on a Jane Austen day soon to see it and Mansfield Park (neither of us have seen MP). Happy 200 to Pride & Prejudice! (I always think of You’ve Got Mail when I think of P&P and the part where Meg Ryan tells off Tom Hanks about reading it every year and says, “The heroine of Pride and Prejudice is Elizabeth Bennett. She is one of the greatest and most complex characters ever written.”)

  12. I so love Colin Firth. He has the sexiness but pulls off the cluelessness necessary for the proud Mr. Darcy. He makes Darcy believable yet at a loss when it comes to feelings. I also think I like this version because it is the closest to the original book which of course, like all good You’ve Got Mail fans, I read at least once per year. My family kids me that I have a copy of P & P in every room because I have so many copies. I love Elizabeth because, like her, I am an older sister who tries to keep the younger ones out of trouble. I just love P & P.

  13. Pride & Prejudice is my favorite of her books, but I liked Emma & Sense and Sensibility also. All of those have great movies versions, too! Colin Firth will always be Darcy to me. I just can’t imagine another one & never was interested enough to watch another version.

  14. I haven’t seen ‘Lost in Austen’ – I’ll have to check it out! It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the Colin Firth version, but He’s one of my favorite actors. I do adore the one with Matthew MacFadyen. I saw the Laurence Olivier version last year and liked him in it – I’ll have to look for those other versions.

  15. Colin Firth! Although I’m a big fan of Olivier’s Darcy, I’ve always hated the costuming in that particular production

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