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Posted On October 25, 2017 By In Column, Culture, film, Rants, Reviews, Television With 58 Views

Rhiannon’s Rants: Bingeing on Pride and Prejudice

TV writer Rhiannon Pope binges, then rants about Pride and Prejudice.

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is a freaking awesome piece of literature:

Hello people. There are times in every girl’s life where she just has to sit down and cry in front of a romantic movie. Sometimes it’s because she’s going through a breakup, sometimes she’s just on her period but in my case I was just suffering from boredom and felt like having my heartstrings pulled by something that wasn’t sad.

Among the movie marathon of sweetness was Ten Things I Hate About You, The Proposal and every version of Pride and Prejudice I could find. That’s right, in two days I watched the 2005 version, the 1995 version, the 2016 movie  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the youtube 2013 series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

 

I love this story. I read the book for the first time in the fourth grade and my Prince Charming has always been the socially awkward Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy.

Which is why I’m so angry Pride and Prejudice isn’t more popular love story than Romeo and Juliet??!?!?!?  

I have a 14 year old sister and the argument of which the two classic love stories is better is an ongoing one. No Mr Darcy has never been played by Leonardo Dicaprio but at least the character has a personality. So here is my Pride and Prejudice rant, proving to anyone who dares fight me on the subject that Pride and Prejudice is the greatest love story ever written.

Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813 written by Jane Austen. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet, the second daughter of a family of 7. She has been taught her entire life that finding a good husband was key and yet she is a strong willed smart woman who could care less about marrying unless she is truly in love.

Elizabeth and her sisters are introduced to the handsome and rich Mr Bingley and his grouchy but even richer friend Mr Darcy. Bingley and Elizabeth’s sister Jane are entranced with one another much to Darcy and Bingley’s sister Caroline’s dismay.  Elizabeth is unimpressed with Darcy’s rudeness and so with his Pride and her Prejudice against him begins one of the most beautiful and realistically awkward fictional love stories to ever exist.

Pride and Prejudice is my favourite love story. (10 things I hate about you based off of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is a close second.)  It has actual character development and growth and the romantic leads know each other for months before falling in love! They can’t stand each other at first and they actually find out about each others past and hopes and dreams and things they enjoy.

They’re sassy and Darcy is a total dork who doesn’t know how to talk to people which is mistaken for arrogance. Elizabeth thinks she knows everything about everyone and is often terribly wrong.

Even the subplots are more thought out then so many romance movies. Such as Jane and Bingley.  They are the “love at first sight where (one of) the families disapproves but they fall in love anyway” story Romeo and Juliet made so famous.  except they actually spend time together and go past the “hey you’re hot, let’s kill ourselves for love” stage.

They spend weeks together, then are separated for months and when they do come back together their feelings are just as strong. So in our time it may be a bit rushed but for 1813 that is a perfectly normal relationship. In fact they should have been married sooner.


Speaking of, it was published in 1813! And there’s strong female characters who are faced with the issue of losing everything if they don’t get married before their father dies and yet they refuse! Well Elizabeth does. Twice! She turns down the boring and irritating Mr Collins and then she turns down Mr Darcy because he has insulted her and that’s okay.

The women are not treated as lesser and the men do their best (it’s okay Darcy you’re trying) to get the women to fall in love with them they try to woo the women instead of thinking women owe them something even if they do suck at it like Mr Collins and Mr Darcy. Which brings me to my next point.

Realistic awkwardness. How many romance stories have everyone involved master poets? They all give these romantic speeches perfectly worded to make women swoon. Now how many people can you think of who don’t talk with their foot in their mouth around their crush. Awkwardness, stuttering and word vomit are key indicators that you like someone. Take that away and the romance seems fake.

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If someone claims to like you yet is always perfectly cool and collected then you know you can’t trust them. I’m looking at you Mr Wickham!

Mr Wickham was a stupid ass of a soldier who took advantage of teenage girls and gambles away money that was given to him by the man who treated him like a son. Mr Darcy’s father.  He then blamed Mr Darcy for his life being ruined when he was not given more money.

He convinces the youngest Bennet sister Lydia to run away with him, ruining her family’ss reputation basically dooming the entire family to ridicule and ruining any chances of advantageous marriages for the other four sisters.

He’s forced to marry Lydia by Darcy saving the Bennets and stopping Wickham from ruining any other girls. Not the best form of punishment but at least he was held accountable for his actions which for the time was a big deal.

Now I know some people don’t like the period drama thing. Not being able to relate to the characters and the situations they’re in but in 2013 a youtube series called the Lizzie Bennet Diaries exactly adapts the series into a modern setting and it’s still perfect I’ll leave a link to the complete playlist.  It took me a day to finish but I binged so for a normal person it should take a week.  

In conclusion Pride and Prejudice is awesome and I want to marry Mr Darcy or Elizabeth Bennet. Haven’t decided which one yet.

I didn’t really have a purpose for this. I just felt the need to rant after crying in front of my TV for the past few weeks. This will be the first in a series of Binge rants. They won’t make much sense but hopefully you will be amused.

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