Two takes on “Pride and Prejudice”

Paige Evers '22 and Becca Koch '22

Becca’s Review:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is a classic book that has stood the test of time to become one of the world’s most beloved novels. It is without a doubt my favorite book, so I may not be the best for an impartial review. There are only a handful of books I can think of from the early regency period that are still relevant topics of discussion today outside of academia. From the first time I read it, in eighth grade, I was transfixed. Transfixed by the characters, transfixed by the setting, transfixed by the feeling of being in an era long gone. It’s a book where all you want to do is curl up in front of a fire with a cup of tea and read for all eternity.
Centered around the fictional Bennet family, specifically the second oldest Lizzy, the book follows her as her mother attempts to arrange marriages for all of her five daughters. Lizzy detests her new neighbor’s friend Fitzwilliam Darcy, but eventually events will bring them together. The ending is predictable, but the build up to it is incredible, filled with twists and turns that somehow seem to be entirely plausible. I love how Pride and Prejudice flows from questioning societal norms to family scandals to comedy and an unfavorable view of the titled aristocratic class.
Read Pride and Prejudice. Trust me. I rate this a 10/10 and will recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading classic books. It can be hard to read at points because Auesten uses a very typical older english style of language, but overlooking that it is incredible.

Paige’s Review:
I never thought that I would read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, but Becca recommended it and that is how it all began. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into it, all I had previously known was that it was a romantic novel of sorts. As I started reading, I realized that it was a slow burn romance which took place in the 1800s and was between two people who struggled with social class barriers. I will say that the 1800s in England were quite a mesmerizing time which seems like it happened forever go. The thought of regular balls, galas, weird marriages, and the overall lifestyle back then was so different. Though it was so different, the type of romance struggles seen between Lizzy Bennet and Fitwilliam Darcy in the book can be seen in so many other current books and movies. For example, the Notebook has a relatively similar plotline between the two main characters who couldn’t be together in the beginning because of their different social classes. The Notebook may not have been based around Pride and Prejudice, but seeing similarities and how that type of love has been adapted throughout time is a really neat things.
I would rate Pride and Prejudice an 8/10. The reason I’m knocking down two points off of the 10 is simply because I dislike slow paced books and prefer face paced books that make me not want to stop reading. I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t mind a slower paced book of romance.