It is a Truth Universally Acknowledged…

Face it when you hear those words “it is a truth universally acknowledged…” your mind goes immediately to Pride & Prejudice imagining Mrs. Bennet attempting to marry off all her girls.

Jane Austen was such an amazing writer. She creates an opening hook that has you deeply invested in the story within two seconds. This hook is one that has continued to be entertaining for ages. I mean that saying never gets old, but constantly draws you in no matter how many times you have read it.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in posession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

Unfortunately in today’s time, that no longer seems to be true. Most guys who are well off are more interested in sampling honey pots than buying the actual beehive (like my metaphor? I thought it was a nice change from the milk and cow analogy).

If Mrs. Bennet lived today this would be her immediate reaction:

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She’d be like, “go after that man and use every ounce of your feminine wiles to capture him. He’s rich and a big ticket don’t let him go.”

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It’s interesting  how marriage is such an important thing for a women in Regency times, especially since her role was to be mother and helpmate, but it is a theme that is a major factor only for our P&P heroines. In Sense & Sensibility, the mother and daughters are not even concerned about marriage, but are focused on their grief for their dead husband and father or occupied on trying to manage their lives in a poorer state of affairs. In Mansfield Park, no one thinks about who Fanny will marry until the rascal Henry Crawford starts paying attention to her. Emma is determined to remain a spinster and her father is thoroughly pleased with that. In Northanger Abbey, Catherine’s family never brings up the question of who and when they should marry their daughter. By the time Persuasion starts, Anne has already turned down two proposals but her extremely vain father is not worried over her lack of a martial state but that she isn’t up to his standards of beauty. Only in P&P do we see a mother so determined to marry off her children. Of course unlike Emma, NA, or Persusaion the Bennets have to worry about an entailed estate and having no male children.

What also is intresting is that even though “a single man in posession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”; there are many male characters in her novels who have money and do not wish to marry. There is Willoughby, Tom Bertram, Henry Crawford, Captain Tilney, and Mr Elliot (the younger). Willoughby and Mr. Elliot enjoy being single and sampling as many flowers as they can, only marrying to protect their fortune. In Willoughby’s case making sure he is not disinherited (or if he is that he is covered) and in Elliot’s case making sure that his uncle does not remarry and have a male heir; therfore taking his inheritence away. For Captain Tilney and Tom they never marry; Tilney continues his wicked ways while after Tom’s close encounter with death causes him to rethink his life. Henry Crawford is a little different being a Sebastian Valmont-esque character who tries to win the good girl’s affections, but ends up creating a huge scandal with her cousin  and never marrying.

Of course her books are also filled with men who want to get married, after all if they weren’t would we love them as much as we do?

One of the most intriguing things about this phrase is the statement in “want of a wife”. Want’s two most used definitions are “have a desire to possess” or “a lack or deficiency”. Therfore this statement applys to both Binglely (as one who desires a wife) and Darcy (has a lack of one) along with all the other Austen men.

Just like any other mother, Mrs. Bennet can’t help hoping that her daughters will catch the eye and heart of a single man in posession of a good fortune.

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For a previous Pride & Prejudice post go to Happy Birthday Pride & Prejudice

Happy Birthday Pride & Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice was first published  in 1813, marking this year the 200th anniversary!

Now many there are many fandoms out there and in which the people convene, talk, dress as their favorite characters, creatre fanfiction tales, etc. Some of the more known ones are Star Wars, Star Trek, Supernatural, Sherlock, Lord of the Rings, and Doctor Who; but none of these are anywhere near as well known, talked as much about, continuously recreated in film, book, clothing, memes, etc as Jane Austen. Face it, us Austenites have been around a long time and we are all pretty crazy.

If Jane Austen were still alive today this would countless fans

If Jane Austen were still alive today this would be countless fans

And let’s face it, out of all of her amazing works which is the most loved, fantisized, recreated, inspirational to other films/books/movies?

You guessed it Pride & Prejudice

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I mean when someone mentions the name we all fangirl over it

This is so me

This is so me

When a group of us Austenites get together and start discussing the books and the movies and we hear that someone hasn’t read it, we all are shocked and disappointed.

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It is true testament to how awesome Jane Austen is that her work is congruent to today’s times. It is so easily relatable, and she has clearly stood the test of time.

Here's to another 200 years!

Here’s to another 200 years!

One of the biggest reasons for why is is the characters. Elizabeth and Darcy are so lovable, everyone wants to be Elizabeth and everyone wants a Darcy.

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I mean even in a culture where bad writing has become popular reads (for example Twilight and Fifty Shades of Simon GreyPride and Prejudice still reigns supreme.

So to celebrate Pride and Prejudice’s birthday, I am going to be doing a series of Pride and Prejudice posts honoring one of Jane’s greatest works.

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I also will be reviewing the books, films, musicals, etc that are based on Pride and Prejudice. So if you are a fan, I am pretty sure you will enjoy these posts, if not sorry but Jane Austen is in the web address.

For those of you who enjoy my non-Austen posts, never fear those will be coming as well. I just figured it was time to put the Austen back in janeaustenrunsmylife.

Here is the first of 30 works based on Pride & Prejudice that I plan to be reviewing. (As there are a LOT, I will be posting multiple lists. In fact, thus far my list is 83 items and I’m adding all the time.)

Books:

Pride & Prejudice: A BabyLit Counting Primer by Jennifer Adams

An Assembly Such as This (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman #1) by Pamela Aidan

Darcy’s Story: Pride & Prejudice Told From a Whole New Perspective by Janet Alymer

Pride & Prescience: Or a Truth Universally Acknowledged by Carrie Bebris

The Butterfly and the Violin (A Hidden Masterpiece #1) by Kristy Cambron

Definitely Not Mr. Darcy by Karen Doornebos

Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Fall for You (Jane Austen Academy #1) by Cecilia Gray

Too Pretty by Andrea Grigg

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame Smith

Austenland by Shannon Hale

The Accidental Bride: A Romantic Comedy by Janice Harayda

Death Comes to Pemberly by P. D. James

Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo

The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy by Mary Street

Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Austen Adventure

Loves, Lies, & Lizzie

Dreaming of Mr. Darcy

First Impressions

Mr. Darcy’s Great Escape

Film:

Pride & Prejudice (1940)

Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Lost in Austen (2008)

The 12 Men of Christmas (2009)

Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade (2012)

Austenland (2013)

Death Comes to Pemberley: BBC Miniseries (2013)

Other:

First Impressions (1959)

Lizzie Bennet Diaries (2012-2013)

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For an earlier  Pride and Prejudice post go to It’s Super Important

Best Pick Up Line Ever!

I’m serious this thing is gold!

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I would totally go out with a guy if he said this to me. Of course right after he showed me his card. 😀

For more posts on pick up lines go to flirting and what’s your line.

To go to the previous book related post go to Me, Me & Me Again. To go to the next book related post go to If Only

Me, Me, & Me Again

So I found this online and have to say this describes me perfectly. I have a ton of books that I need to read, yet I am always having those moments where I have nothing to read at all. Silly isn’t it?

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Any fellow book hoarders out there? I swear it is an addiction, I have a compulsion to purchase books. But at least it is a healthy addiction. 😀 I swear I suffer from this

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To go to the previous book related post go to Hardest Decision of My LifeTo go to the next book related post go to Best Pickup Line Ever!