“A box of pride & prejudice & sense & sensibility & more.”
Fridge magnet poetry is all kinds of awesome and when you combine it with a good topic, such as Jane Austen, then you’re set for fun times. Yes, you can tell the nerds from the state of their fridges and their aptitude for crafting awkward limited words into long winded poetry. Continue reading
The day is drawing to a close, and I’ve never felt so overwhelmed by the Jane Austen community. Pride and Prejudice has been a part of my life for a long time, and I seek solace in the pages whenever I feel bored, exhausted, miserable or just in need of some form of recognisable beauty. It’s like crying on your best friends shoulder, or asking for advice over coffee. Sometimes the comfort can be hard to see, but it’s in the pages themselves and by the time Darcy and Elizabeth are coming to terms with their issues, you’re coming to terms with your own.
I was asked by a new-found friend and Jane Austen fan over at Upstart (an online magazine for emerging journalists) to write a piece about what it is that makes Pride and Prejudice so popular. Why are we still reading it 200 years later? The formation of this article, Pride and Prejudice still on top, was a lot of fun.
Caroline Bingley, it seems, is often hard done by in Pride and Prejudice. What’s really going on in her mind when she shuns the Bennet girls? Why is she so jealous of Elizabeth? Is there anything nice actually going through her head? I decided to write a bit of fan fiction to the effect, as Caroline Bingley writing to an imaginary cousin called Lucy. Continue reading
Mr. Bingley always seems to be a bit of a pathetic 2D character, so I thought I’d liven him up a bit. I’ve tried to focus on the day-to-day happenings around the house, the things we never get to hear much about, as far as my imagination will stretch… I’ll admit it was a bit difficult, and I kept jumbling up things. If there are any glaring errors let me know.
This is Mr. Bingley’s monologue, said about the time he has just moved in to Netherfield Park: Continue reading