Bride & Prejudice!

brideandprejudiceAs you may recall, this is the 200th anniversary of Pride & Prejudice and I’m participating in a year round challenge hosted by Austenprose.

For March, I watched Bride & Prejudice. This movie has been on my must see list since it was released. I can’t believe this was the first time I’ve actually seen it. I’m such a fan of Bend it Like Beckham that I knew I’d want to see everything from this director.

Bride & Prejudice takes the classic Jane Austen story and updated to modern day India. Lalita (the Elizabeth character) is attending a friend’s engagement party when she first meets her Mr. Darcy. He’s an American businessmess looking to open a hotel in India as the one he’s staying in is not up to snuff.

This movie excellently showcases all the major themes from the original novel with a new emphasis on classism. Mr. Darcy as a wealthy American considers his way of life superior than those in India because of his wealth and amenities. It leads to this interesting ourburst from Lalita which I loved.

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I found the movie plot to be quite realistic. However, I didn’t really find Mr. Darcy very enticing. I’m not sure what Lalita really saw in him but I’m still glad they found each other. The one aspect of this movie that made it different then all other adaptations is the fact that it’s a BOLLYWOOD movie which means music and dancing!!

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Pretty Reads: Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

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As you may recall, this is the 200th anniversary of Pride & Prejudice and I’m participating in a year round challenge hosted by Austenprose.

For February, I re-read Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. I selected this book because it is probably the most famous modern adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. It’s also one of my favourites and I haven’t read it since the movie was released.

I clearly remember reading this book for the first time. Half of the time, I was trying so hard to figure out what a stone was. I wasn’t quite the accomplished anglophile that I am today. Ha! Re-reading a book after so many years (and so after so many viewings of the movie) made it feel like a whole new experience. I even found the copy I read at my parents home so I could read the same edition. The book is still laugh out loud funny.

For instance, “It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr. Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. It’s like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting “Cathy” and banging your head against a tree.” – Bridget Jones

I think Bridget Jones became so popular because she’s a relatable heroine. It’s easy to dismiss her as a bit of an idiot when in my opinion, she’s just not bothered. She has a job but she’s not really passionate about it. She wants to lose weight but she’s never actively doing anything about it. She only goes about two days without smoking or drinking. It’s as though she’s worked out in her head how she has to achieve certain tasks to be perfect and she’ll only be happy when she’s achieved them.

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The movie, although fairly different from the book, still manages to capture its essence. Certain events are moved around or changed but the best bits of the dialogue are included and I think they did a really good job with it. I remember when it was announced that Colin Firth was going to be Mark. It made me so happy because although I barely knew who he was, I knew that Bridget had a crush on him in the book. It was so clever to include him. This has become one of my favourite movies as well. We won’t talk about the sequel (although I still watch it often).

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Pretty Reads: Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo

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I hope you’re all having a terrific Saturday so far! Unfortunately, I am not. My throat is so scratchy and awful. It’s been tea & soup for me all day. I’m hoping I feel better tomorrow. 😦

Anyway, on to the topic of the post at hand. As you may recall, this is the 200th anniversary of Pride & Prejudice and I’m participating in a year round challenge that’s hosted by Austenprose.

For January, (I’m a bit behind), I read Jane Austen’s Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo. I selected this book because it was a new release written by a Canadian. Surprisingly, I hadn’t heard of this book until it was mentioned in a magazine article right before this challenge kicked off. It was a great excuse to pick it up from the local library.

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This book tells the story of Kate, a magazine editor in her late 30s who has recently lost her job. Well, she’s more like a freelancer who prefers short term contracts than toiling away at the same organization for too long. After she loses her job, she suffers another personal loss that propels her into action to marry for money. Since she was able to secure a freelance article to write an article on how young women are using Austen’s techniques to marry for money, she decides she still has some gas in the tank and she should try to snag a rich husband for herself. Alright for some.

Naturally, all does not go accordingly plan. Yet, miraculously, it all works out in the end. I hope I’m not spoiling anything but we all knew that was going to happen.

I really enjoyed this book for a couple of reasons. I enjoyed that the lead character was more than 26 years old. I have nothing against 26 year olds but it seems that most single lady stories are centered around women under 30 and it’s nice to read something different. I also liked that although she had a bit of a glamourous job (beauty editor) she wasn’t really all about fashion & celebrity. Again, not that those are bad things (I love them!), just that those are very common interests for a book characters.

I also loved her new bff Fawn Chamberlain. Fawn’s an older woman who’s married for money a few times. She’s sort of Kate’s fairy godmother dispensing invaluable advice to Kate. I’d love to see a book of Fawn’s exploits.

The one part of the story that seemed to disconnect was her relationship with Mr. Money. I can’t tell you more than that!

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun read without becoming ridiculous. Although there’s the typical bit of writing magic, the story itself is fairly believable.

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