12 Reasons Why We're So Obsessed With 'Pride And Prejudice'

12 Reasons Why We're So Obsessed With 'Pride And Prejudice'

It is a truth universally acknowledged that we love Jane Austen.
2696
views

Since it was first published in 1813, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has sold over 20 million copies, and over 200 years since being penned by one of the most recognizable names in British literature, the story still captivates audiences in a variety of ways. Whether in the original novel, the BBC miniseries, the 2005 Kiera Knightly film, the YouTube series, the Bollywood remake, or even the suspenseful Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, people’s obsession with the Bennet family and Mr. Darcy has done anything but dwindle.

Here are some of the reasons why we can’t get enough of Pride and Prejudice and why Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy still hold the prize for one of the greatest love stories ever written.

1. The Bennet Family.
The Bennet family is ridiculous. Some of their notions and antics may cause a few eye rolls, but truth be told, they hold a special place in our hearts. They frustrate us and embarrass us, but they also make us laugh and perhaps remind us of our own families. They aren’t perfect, but they love each other unconditionally, just as family should.


2. Sibling love.
While we love the Bennet family because of the humor they provide, the siblings of Pride and Prejudice deserve their own category—we love this story because each sibling group represented teaches us about loyalty and love for our brothers and sisters. Elizabeth is protective of her sisters and cares deeply for them. Mr. Darcy dotes on Georgiana, and the Bingley siblings also display fierce loyalty to one another. Each group reminds us to hold tight to our siblings and love them no matter what, often to the point of putting their needs above our own.





3. Language.
The written word is one of my favorite things in the world—especially when beautifully done—and Austen’s novels never disappoint. Conversations and letters in Pride and Prejudice play a central role in getting to know each character and what other characters think of them. Proposals and rejections alike give us a thrill because of the way they’re written, producing a nostalgic feeling and making us wonder why people don’t talk like that anymore.


4. Lizzie Bennet.
Let’s face it, Elizabeth Bennet is one of the sassiest characters in literature, but not only is Lizzie sassy, she is strong, independent, opinionated, and caring. She is smart and witty, polite and kind, and is a true heroine for us to look up to.


5. I loathe you…just kidding, I love you.
We can’t get enough of stories where the protagonists really hate each other and then fall in love, and Elizabeth and Darcy are the epitome of this love/hate relationship. Perhaps they were one of the first ones to cross over the line dividing loathing and loving. They misunderstand each other at first, but once they put their preconceived notions aside and each get to know the other, they end up truly happy together.


6. Human contact.
Pride and Prejudice was written in a time where touching was a rarity, especially between two people who didn’t know each other well. Even dancing had limited contact, so every brush of the hand was a special occurrence and the slightest touch was highly valued. This is why so much of the story revolves around the dances between the couples, and why, in the 2005 film, special camera attention is given to the actors’ hands. The story reminds us of a more polite time in which people were truly ladies and gentlemen in every sense of the word. Miss Austen would be shocked and appalled by some of the things we see on television today, but reading her novels or watching the film adaptations offer a breath of fresh air, letting us celebrate purity and innocence once more.


7. Dancing and Music.
Haven’t you ever just wanted to take Regency era dance lessons? I can’t be the only one. And the music is lovely, especially for study sessions.


8. Beautiful Scenery.
If you’re more of a visual kind of person or if reading isn’t really your thing, have no fear! The various film and television adaptations still tell this classic tale but also add the visual element that we so enjoy. The 2005 film is, in my opinion, one of the prettiest movies ever made. The scenery of the English countryside is absolutely gorgeous and definitely makes one want to travel there!


9. Mr. Darcy, visually.
There is so much more to Mr. Darcy's character than his looks, but we'd be lying if we said that we haven't noticed them. Can we just give an A+ to all the casting directors of every version of Pride and Prejudice ever produced? I mean…come on.





Hello, tall, dark, and brooding.

10. Mr. Darcy, verbally.
He’s quiet for the most part, but when he does speak up, Mr. Darcy is quite eloquent. At first everyone thinks he is proud and judgmental, but really he’s just painfully shy and awkward.

Deep down he has a heart of gold, and once Elizabeth realizes that, her attitudes and opinions go through a drastic transformation.

11. Mr. Bingley.
While we’re at it, let’s celebrate Mr. Bingley as well. One of the sweetest male characters of all time, he dotes on Jane and is all politeness to everyone. Plus, he’s not bad looking either (and to Mrs. Bennet’s delight, he’s rich too).


12. And they all lived happily ever after.
What’s not to love about a story that works out for everyone in the end? Austen’s couples always find their happy ending, giving readers the idea that happily ever after isn’t only found in fairytales.




I could go on and on naming reasons, and although we’ve had fun oohing and ahhing over the words, scenery, and men in Austen’s world, that isn’t the sole reason we love Pride and Prejudice or any of her other novels. We love them because they’re about family, love, friendships, and working through your problems together. We love them because the characters and their situations are realistic and relatable, and after some time, the characters cease being mere characters and become dear friends that we can return to over and over again.

Popular Right Now

5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
274601
views

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

Cover Image Credit: Just For Laughs-Chicago

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.

169
views

Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.


1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

Related Content

Facebook Comments