Monday, 28 January 2013


Published 200 years ago in 1813, Jane Austen's most popular novel, Pride and Prejudice, turns 200 years old today but has never been fresher and more lovedPride and Prejudice is in many ways a record book. For instance, it  has never been out of print. It remains one of the best-read novels in the English language, with more than 20 million copies sold.
It's also the most filmed of the Austen novels, with 10 major films and TV miniseries, including the classic 1940 adaptation starring Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson with a script cowritten by no less a literary light than Aldous Huxley. Of course, for many of us Elizabeth has Jennifer Ehle's sweet smile and Mr Darcy Colin Firth dreamy stare. 
These days 'Jane Austen' is a very big brand name, masses of money are made in her name. Would she be offended? I don't think so. She would have loved to earn money by her quill, that was what she aspired to as a woman and as a writer: financial independence, freedom. 

Can you believe it? Charming Mr Darcy and his beautiful, proud    
Elizabeth are 200 years old! 

How would you celebrate them today?

I've prepared my copy of Pride and Prejudice to leaf through it as much as I can today and I'll rewatch my favourite moments from my DVD collection. What about re-watching the first proposal in different adaptations? This is a collage I made a couple of years ago and have already posted on a different occasion. If you have some spare time and feel like watching (or re-watching), here it is .

This post is part of the PRIDE AND PREJUDICE ANNIVERSARY PARTY BLOG HOP Hosted by Alyssa Goodnight and Stiletto storytime.

                Here's THE list of blogs taking part in the online celebration

1.Courtney @ Stiletto Storytime24.Wendi Sotis47. thien84 @ My Love for Jane Austen
2.Dani C @ Paulette's Papers25.P O Dixon48.Eustacia Tan @Inside the mind of a Bibliophile
3.Cassandra Grafton26.Indie Jane49.Catherine Lawrencce
4.Kate @ Musings27.Jessica Grey50.Ashley @ Wholly Books!
5.Nicole28.Brenna Aubrey51.Bettie Lee Turner
6.Jessica @ Peace Love Books29.Kate McKinley52.Phylly3
7.Short and Sweet Reviews30.Reina M. Williams53.Heather Vogel Frederick
8.Rebecca (Rivka Belle) @ A Word's Worth31.CandyM @ So little time...54.Faith Hope & Cherrytea
9.Book Addict Katie32.Erin K.55.Josie Brown
10.Sally Smith O' Rourke33.Media Darlings56.Audrey Bilger
11.Erlynn @ Books Hug Back34.Moira Bianchi57.Chantal
12.Deborah/ The Bookish Dame35.Farida Mestek58.Cindie @ Cindspectus
13.Marilyn Brant36.My Jane Austen Book Club59.Sharon Lathan
14.Missy @ Invincible Love of Reading37.Mary C. M. Phillips60.Austen Authors
15.Maria Grace38.Monica61.Marlyn @ Stuff and Nonsense
16.Angie Kroll39.Living Read Girl62.Jessica @ Literary, etc
17.Nancy Kelley40.Rebecca McFarland Kyle63.Amie @ amiemccracken
18.Kathy41.Laurel Ann (Austenprose)64.Susan Mason- Milks
19.Darcyholic Diversions/Barbara Tiller Cole42.Jaimie Bell65.Jen @ altered type
20.Abigail Reynolds43.Misty @ The Book Rat66.Liza @Who Ru Blog
21.Jennifer Becton44.Shannon Winslow67.Deb
22.Veronica @ Dark Jane Austen Book Club45.Courtney Sheets68.Deb (Jane Austen in Vermont)
23.Diana Oaks46.Lauren @Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century


Mary Jane Hathaway said...

WOW!!! All those blogs!! I don't even know where to start!

Jo's Daughter said...

Fun video! I have a little P&P post on my own blog too. Well I'm keeping it short because so many blogs, so little time.

aurora said...


Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

I watched Keira's version last nite to celebrate =)
Giveaway at my post to celebrate ends 31st...

Maria Grazia said...

Thank you for your comments and for spreading the love and joining the celebrations on your own blogs! I've been very busy today. It's almost time to go to bed here in Italy and I have my copy of P&P waiting for me on my night-stand. Happy celebrations, everyone! Happy Anniversary, P&P!

Veronica said...

Yes, I've found myself leafing through my copy of P&P today and though I can clearly appreciate the story as a modern American woman it is staggering to imagine that it was penned over 200 years ago by a woman who could not have known it would endure so, even if she hoped that it would.

lucaseth said...

I am enjoying everyones letters to Jane...their takes on P& to be 200 years old and going strong...her characters are wonderful we can still their flaws and their triumphs

Eustacia Tan said...

Thanks for the video!