Pride and Prejudice is probably most people's favorite Jane Austen novel. It's not mine, but I do love it. I wasn't sure how to do this review. Most people have probably seen the movie and TV series adaptations. At least, anyone likely to read this book have. So, instead of doing my usual summary, I'm just going to review it.
This is probably the ultimate example of chick lit. It is a romance novel in its purest form. It was also kind of hard for me to read. There are so many cringe-worthy moments with Mrs. Bennet that left me really feeling for Lizzy and Jane. Bonus, I hate Mr. Bennet. I know he's Lizzy's favorite parent and all, but he's so rude. He's verbally abusive to his wife and daughters, even Lizzy and Jane. He thinks so highly of himself, and there's really no reason for him to feel that way. He doesn't really do anything worthwhile in the book. He's super lazy. I would rank his pride as high as Darcy's, and Darcy has much more call to it.
I've heard one person say how much they dislike Mr. Darcy because of his taciturn nature. I don't think she's seen any #awkwardmrdarcy posts. If you, too, have not seen these, LOOK THEM UP. Oh my gosh. They're so funny, and I feel like most of them are spot on. My own husband is a pretty reserved person, so maybe that's why I like Mr. Darcy. He's quiet. As his housekeeper said, "Some people call him proud; but I am sure I never saw anything of it. To my fancy, it is only because he does not rattle away like other young men." And he loves Elizabeth. It's cute. He would do anything for her, and it shows. He does some pretty crazy stuff to prove his love. I would even venture to say that I like Mr. Darcy better than I like Elizabeth.
I really like this book. It's not my favorite Austen novel (that honor belongs to Persuasion), but I love it anyway. I love the character development in this book. Lizzy has to learn humility. She learns that she's not as discerning or without prejudice as she thought. As I said in my Mansfield Park review, I like stories where people have to learn they were wrong and change. Lizzy does. Darcy also learns some humility, taught mostly at Elizabeth's hands. Overall, it's a good story. I quote Kathleen Kelly in You’ve Got Mail, "Read it. I know you'll love it."