My sister is reading Pride and Prejudice for the first time and I am beyond ecstatic. I cannot wait to share my admiration for Lizzy, my annoyance for Caroline Bingley, and (swoon) my never-ending love for Mr. Darcy! I’m practically hyperventilating at the thought of it all (not really, calm down). So here it is, for you, baby sis. My ultimate guide to Pride and Prejudice: After You Finish The Book.
1. WATCH THE MOVIE
The 2005 version. It’s my personal favorite (That dance scene between Elizabeth and Darcy gets me every time); plus, the soundtrack, cinematography, and casting are phenomenal. It’s not the most accurate in accordance with the book, but it’s still a wonderful film that I’ve watched over and over and over . . .
2. WATCH THE BBC SERIES
This is a bit of a time investment—but worth every last second. My family friends watch this version every New Years and I think that’s a perfect time to squeeze in the whole series at once. Or you could do an episode a day. Your choice. People who’ve read the book countless times (like, moi) appreciate that this adaption is practically word for word from the novel. Also, Colin Firth.
3. WATCH THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
This is one of the most brilliant adaptions of Pride and Prejudice that I’ve ever witnessed. Spanned over about 100 vlog posts, this series follows Lizzie Bennet as she works on her master’s thesis while dealing with real life issues. These issues are the same as presented in Austen’s novel (finances, the struggle to find a man), but adapted in a modern setting that is so wonderfully detailed that true fans of the book cannot help but adore it.
4. WATCH DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY
This 3-part series finds Elizabeth and Darcy years after they’ve been married on the eve of a big party. And then, someone gets murdered. It’s a thriller that gives you an interesting take on the lives of our favorite characters after the last page. It’s fun, intriguing, and an absolute must for die-hard fans.
5. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Bride and Prejudice. Austenland. The list goes on. After you’ve hit up the main important Pride and Prejudice spin-offs, keep digging. Jane Austen’s classic novel has inspired so many people over the ages and I doubt we’ve see the last of Pride and Prejudice adaptions.
Not an Austen fan? What book turned phenomenon would you like to hear more of?