Hello, my darling readers!
Can you believe that I had never read a single Jane Austen book until very recently? I had also never seen any of the Pride and Prejudice adaptations out there, even though I can across *a lot* of content about them on tumblr. So, I figured it’s high time to give both the novel and its adaptations a shot! Today we’re going to talk about the Keira Knightly movie in comparison to Jane Austen’s book!
The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):
In this adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) lives with her mother, father and sisters in the English countryside. As the eldest, she faces mounting pressure from her parents to marry. When the outspoken Elizabeth is introduced to the handsome and upper-class Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen), sparks fly. Although there is obvious chemistry between the two, Darcy’s overly reserved nature threatens the fledgling relationship.
Book vs. Movie:
Let’s start with the book, shall we?
As I mentioned above, this was the first Jane Austen novel I ever picked up. I was hesitant for so long to actually read any of her work because I was sure it just isn’t for me. Pride and Prejudice is often branded as *the* romance novel and that’s not the content I ususally (read: ever) go for. But I kept seing so much content about the novel as well as the movie on tumblr that I got curious. After all it is considered a literally classic and I’ve been meaning to catch up on those anyways!
So there I was, finally reading P&P. And guess what? I loved it! To be frank, I still don’t care much about the romance part of the story, but the characters are amazing. Both Lizzie and Darcy are extremely relatable, for completely different reasons. The story feature so many iconic and hilarious moments, as well as amazing quotes! Nobody was more surprised than I was with how delighted I am with this book!
Now, all that being said, can an adaptation hold up to that? Considering how many people seem to be over the moon with this adaptations specifically, I had my hopes dialled up quite high. I am glad to report, I wasn’t disappointed!
First of, the film sticks rather closely to the source material which I appreciate. If anything they speed up a few things that dragged on a bit in the book anyways. Funny enough the most iconic quote from the movie is not in the book! I saw a screenshot of that one (You have bewitched me, body and soul.) a lot and was really surprised that it wasn’t in the novel. However, it’s a beautiful line and it fits perfectly with the movie.
Speaking of things that are perfect in this film: the casting. Keira Knightley shouldn’t be allowed to be in anything other than period dramas, she just looks like she’s born to play these parts. I also love the casting for Darcy. Matthew Macfadyen really nails the akward vibe Darcy gives off in the novel. I feel like adaptationswise things could go downhill extremely quickly simply if they had tried fo make Darcy more cool or charming. So I really appreciate that they pictured as described. Furthermore, I wasn’t aware that there were quite as many big names on the cast list! I have literally no complaints on that front whatsoever.
Overall Pride and Prejudice is definitely among the best literature adaptations I have seen. I enjoyed the book much more than I thought I would, and the movie really nails recreating the best aspects of the novel. I’m quite delighted about this and now I totally get what the hype is all about!
Did you prefer the book or the movie? Let me know in the comments!