30 Day Book Challenge // 9

Most overrated book.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenPride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

I admit I really did not like this book. I didn’t care for the characters. Very little happened. The language was difficult to understand. I did try to like it but I thought it was very shallow, with no plot. I really don’t understand why this is considered a classic.

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36 thoughts on “30 Day Book Challenge // 9

  1. I agree! You can check out my blog raulconde001.com if you want. I am inviting you. You can come if you want. Maybe there are short stories you would like from there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I haven’t read Pride And Prejudice yet. I started reading it but my e-reader kept jumping pages and chapters so I stopped. I thought the movie was good, but what I read of the book was, like you said, written in language that was hard to understand, and a bit tedious. I’ve literally tried to read “Emma” by Jane Austen about 6 times and each time I’ve stopped reading. It’s SO boring and slow paced and the characters are confusing.

  3. The first time I tried to read Pride and Prejudice, I really couldn’t get into it for all the same reasons you listed. When an English class assigned a summer project looking at one of the classics, I choose Pride and Prejudice (better than The Turn of the Screw, right?) and on my reread, I really loved it. I think I needed a little time with the language to get into it. Once you can understand it (and all the references–I totally recommend getting an edition of it through Penguin Books since it gives context to a lot of the humor with end-notes), this is a really great little comedy.

    • Yes it could be the language is just a bit hard to understand. In high school we studied the Romeo and Juliet movie. The first watch through nobody understood the language but after watching it 4 or 5 times you started to understand what everyone was saying. I might give Pride and Prejudice another go some time.

      • I think you have to try again – and a Penguin version would be perfect. It is a classic for a reason but you have to read it in context, knowing the social pressures on both Elizabeth & Darcy and everything else. I’d recommend too the BBC version with Colin Firth & Jennifer Ehle – it is MUCH MUCH better than any movie.

  4. You know, I’ve had this one on my list of “classics” to read for a while now. I keep hearing the same negative remarks about it so I’m a bit apprehensive. I keep skipping over it on my list. I’m sure I will eventually but it’s going to be one of the annoying ones, after reading your insightful post and my husband’s remarks from high school.

  5. I love Jane Austen, however, it’s hard to make the transition from our world to her world. Which, to me, is just so stupid with no one saying what they really mean. Guess I’m just too blunt. I’d never make it in her world. I find her books good, but hard to read. Given the place woman held in her world.

  6. Have you read other Jane Austen books? because P&P is kinda hard to get into for a first one. I love Jane and her books. This one is my least favorite of the lot though. Try reading Sense & Sensibility ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I love your honest opinions. I once spent a whole summer reading through the novels of Jane Austin. I enjoyed them but Northanger Abbey finally defeated me I confess I got rather tired of learning that people had 2/6 a year! Keep up the reviewing, your reviews always spark interesting comments. Thank you. Moke xx

  8. I think perhaps I was born in the wrong century..lol.
    I got hooked on shakespeare at a young age and writing poetry, for me it is easy to transition in and out of languages now, enough to enjoy assorted period genres. P&P is my favorite read so I have to support anyone daring to delve into the book and give it a go!

  9. Ha, ha! I like your honest review. Most people would be scared to touch a classic like that AND say they did not like it.
    It is on my favourite books list, incidentally, for the last 25 years.

    • I don’t really see the point in saying a book was good if I didn’t like it just because its a classic. I know many people love Pride and Prejudice I just wasn’t that impressed with it.

  10. I read Moby Dick for the first time recently. Fortunately, I read a book called, ‘Why Read Moby Dick?, or a similar title.
    There are long passages in the ‘classic’ that are confusing or uninteresting, or both. Overall, a somewhat interesting story, made less so by it’s poor structure.
    I’ve come to understand that a so called classic doesn’t mean that I’ll enjoy it. I have the sense that many books considered among the ‘Great Books’ of fiction require preparation and an understanding of the context within which the book was written. I don’t get it that a book requires a high school teacher or college professor to explain the book prior to one’s reading it for it to be understood and enjoyed.

  11. ME TOO. Oh my goodness. I’ve never really been able to get into Austen… or the Bronte sisters for that matter. Not that I didn’t try – I was on an English lit track for a while in undergrad (I got into it mostly for Shakespeare, Milton, Donne, etc…) and I had to take some classes on 18th and 19th century female writers, so I HAD to read them. But I just could not understand the hype.

    Funnily enough I do enjoy most of the movie adaptations, though.

    • I’ve never watched any of the movie adaptions to be honest. They really aren’t the movies I like.

      But I’ve been reading Austen and the Bronte sisters just so I can decide how I feel about them. I’m about to start Wuthering Heights.

  12. I’ll forgive you for not liking Pride and Prejudice. I love all of Austen’s novels and have read them more than once. I do understand your problem with the language and you could probably find an easier version. The movies are well liked also and you could try to watch one of those. I do hope you will give it another try cause it is a really beautiful piece of literature.

  13. Pride and prejudice is the only love story that I have read and I love it. Yes the language is difficult but I think Austen succeeds in showing us how ego can keep us from discovering our true selves. I do not like her other books as much but try and give it another chance ๐Ÿ™‚ maybe you could start with “Emma” :). But ultimately, ‘to each his own’, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Is there a Pride and Prejudice movie coming out? I know there is one with Keira Knightley in it.

      I’ve been thinking about reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I might pick it up some time.

  14. Have you ever seen the film? (I think it’s the 2005 version) it’s about 2 hours long but i prefer it to the book, it’s a lot easier to understand as well -took me weeks to finish the book because i couldn’t understand half of it

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