A review by claudiamacpherson
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted reflective relaxing slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


I first read Pride and Prejudice on a family spring break road trip to California when I was in 6th grade, and I’ve been an Austen fan since. More than 10 years later, and I still get just as excited reading all of the Elizabeth/Darcy scenes as I did when I first read them. Jane Austen was absolutely right when she wrote, over and over again, that true love makes both people better—not in the sense that one must change for love, but in that love makes people want to be better. Romeo and Juliet may be the most famous romance of all time, but no woman really wants a Romeo. No, it is Mr. Darcy that we come back to again and again. Mr. Darcy, who takes Elizabeth’s rejection and promises never to speak of it again, who listens to her criticisms and endeavors to be better and to learn from her. Take notes, gentlemen! Lizzy, in turn, is forced to confront her own willingness to believe stories that fit nicely with her worldview. Elizabeth and Darcy come to realize that they are perfectly suited to one another: similar in many ways, but different in ways that balance each other. 

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