I always like to check out classics, but they don’t always work out for me and it’s safe to say that this is one of them.
Pride and Prejudice is a novel that’s been around for a long time and has even been adapted into a film, which I did watch at some point but had a hard time sitting through.
I do like historical, regency, and fantasy when it comes to romance, but the disadvantage to them is that they can sometimes lack things that keep me engaged.
The Bennets have five daughters whom they hope to secure suitable marriages for. The main protagonist, Elizabeth “Lizzy” seems to be the primary focus of this story. While I liked her personality in this book, like her willingness to be selective in a man, it was hard to see her headstrong attitude when I read it.
Many of the chapters in this book consisted of dialogue only sometimes, to a point where I would sometimes lose track of which character was speaking. I think the only time I was able to keep up was when Mr. Collins proposed to Lizzy and she declined, then it escalated into what sounded like an argument sans any aggressiveness. Not to mention when her mother found out her daughter refused the proposal, she was outraged. Like what? She doesn’t feel like he’s the right man for her and that’s okay, take a chill pill. I think that was one part I recall enjoying and the beginning when Mr. Darcy is introduced, then the Netherfield ball was also interesting.
They also use the word “handsome” a lot in this book for some reason that it started to annoy me a little, just a little pet peeve but I was able to endure it enough to finish this novel.
I also found it difficult to see what made Mr. Darcy improve his attitude but when the book reached its conclusion it just felt anticlimatic like I didn’t see any passion between the characters in declaring their love. Then again, some people like it that way. I’m the type of romance reader who likes good buildup of the relationship’s growth that eventually leads to a steamy moment whether it’s actual intercourse or just passionate kisses in right place at the right time.
I tried to get into this book, I really did, but oh well, I guess it wasn’t for me, but there are other great classic romance novels out there for me, perhaps I would prefer something like Bridgerton or all those Jeffe Kennedy series I have wishlisted.