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It is a truth universally acknowledged that over 200 years since its publication, Pride and Prejudice remains one the most celebrated English language novels of all time. It has spawned movie and television adaptations, thousands of book spin-offs, a web series, a musical, fake Twitter accounts, fashion lines, merchandise and heck, even a statue! We simply can’t get enough of Jane Austen’s charming and witty romance.
As part of Austen In August and the Pride and Prejudice Read-along fun this month, here are a few of my favourite ways Pride and Prejudice intersects with popular culture.
I’m sure you all have your favourite P&P references, but I think this one from You’ve Got Mail thoroughly explains how the novel can leave some of us a little breathless.
Pride and Prejudice references abound in TV sitcoms from Sabrina the Teenage Witch to The Crazy Ones. However, no one more succinctly gives P&P its due than Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory (and nit-picky Sheldon’s stamp of approval says a lot!).
Skip the Victoria Secret’s fragrance commercial of Behati Prinsloo in her underwear swaying to Liz on Top of the World (from the 2005 P&P soundtrack), but from chocolate to travel, advertisers have frequently chosen a P&P theme to target consumers (largely from the female demographic, of course). However, I’m not sure who exactly Heineken was targeting with the commercial below.
A few parodies have floated around, but none have been as popular as Jane Austen’s Fight Club, a hilarious mash-up of Austen characters in a (Chuck Palahniuk’s) Fight Club scenario.
A Pride and Prejudice musical I can believe, but I wouldn’t have suspected that Lizzy Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy could have inspired contemporary musicians like The Counting Crows and Jagged Edge to write love songs!
Some Jane Austen fans love to dress up in Regency-era costumes (I mean, doesn’t everyone look good in empire waist dresses and silk breeches?), but what happens when Pride & Prejudice inspires the modern fashion world? Sexy and elegant dresses meant for kicking up your heels during a cotillion (and showing your nipples, apparently).
Are you reading Pride and Prejudice? What do you love about this book?