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My favourite part of books is discussing them with other fans. Because I want my reviews to remain spoiler-free as they’re more likely to be read by those who haven’t read the book yet, I’m also planning to post “book discussions,” for many of the books I review. Obviously, these book discussions will contain spoilers and much flailing. Maybe some intellectual-like discussion…but mostly flailing.
Right now my brain is going DARCY DARCY DARCY DARCY over and over again, but for as much as I adore Darcy, it’s surprising how unlikable he can be. In his first proposal all he does is list all the reasons why he shouldn’t be marrying Elizabeth. And while it’s sweet that he is literally going against everything (his family, the social norm) to be with Elizabeth, I think Elizabeth was right to say no.
Okay, if Mr Darcy told me~ that he loved me most ardently I would probably melt into a puddle at his feet, but the fact that Elizabeth, who is a complete romantic in a society all about the connection of money and courtship, denies him is both her greatest moment and her biggest mistake ever. Greatest moment because she doesn’t choose the guy over her sister, Jane. Elizabeth is a loyal character to those she sees as deserving of her loyalty. Even after her visit to Pemberley, I don’t think she would have agreed to marry Darcy unless Jane and Bingley were engaged.
It’s her worst mistake because MY GOODNESS IT’S MR DARCY! Boy is super rich, super smart, and completely adorable with his awkwardness. (I have a thing for awkwardness.) Also, if she had been engaged to him, chances are she could have just told him to fix things between Bingley and Jane! But really, she made the right choice in saying no to him. He wouldn’t have realised what an ass he was being otherwise.
Stepping away from the Elizabeth/Darcy goodness, I’d like to add that Lydia is awesome. I know she goes and does a Very Bad Thing and is selfish and more than a little empty-headed, but I have a thing for girls who go against the grain. She’s very much like Elizabeth in that way. I like to pretend that Lydia is actually a genius and just pretends to be an idiot so that people brush off the things she does as her not knowing any better. After all, she does snag herself a husband in a roundabout and dangerous way…
And as much as I hate Wickham in the book, I kind of love him in Lost in Austen, which I should be reviewing next Friday. /self-plug
Last but not least, I need to mention that Mr Bennet is hilarious. He’s a horrible father who doesn’t seem to care about anyone but his Lizzie and his books, but he has some awesome one-liners. Not to mention, Austen writes at the end about how he just shows up at Pemberley when he’s least expected. I like to imagine him cackling the entire ride over, hoping that he’ll crash a romantic weekend Darcy and Elizabeth have planned or something.
Ha! I’d so planned to try to throw in a bit of academic stuff in here, but that didn’t happen… I’d love to hear your fangirling and/or deep analysis of this book. Also, throw some favourite lines at me. Favourite lines are the best!