Hello, my name is Claudia Cook and I am addicted to Pride and Prejudice. There, I've said it and I feel much better! I realized today while reading the book Austenland by Shannon Hale that there really are others out there just like me and decided what better way to find my kindred sisters than to come out and admit it.
I have read the book a few times but my real obsession did not start until I watched the BBC version of P&P with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. I originally watched the movie for something to fall asleep to as RC was pulling an all nighter at school. I ended up pulling an all nighter also as I would jump up from my couch to remove the video from the VCR, put it in the rewinder and insert the next (of 5). I have been a true follower from that night on. My friend Alison and I would "syncronize" our watching of our favorite movie so we could feel like we were watching it together. We would spend our time finding bloopers and little known facts about the movie and share them with each other. It is 12 years, 2 video sets (I gave one to my sister so she could join in my obsession), and 1 DVD set later. I have taken online quizzes, looked up Pride and Prejudice vacations with the Jane Austen Tours, read sequels (my favorite being: Pemberley: Or Pride and Prejudice Continued by Emma Tennant ) and watched movies such as Lost in Austen. I am proud to admit that I love it as much now as I did that first night!
So here is to all my P&P sisters, enjoy!
Miss Bingley: I believe I can guess your thoughts at this moment.
Mr. Darcy: I should imagine not.
Miss Bingley: You are thinking how insupportable it would be to spend many evenings in such tedious company.
Mr. Darcy: No, indeed, my mind was more agreeably engaged. I've been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow.
Miss Bingley: And may one dare ask whose the eyes that inspire these reflections?
Mr. Darcy: Miss Elizabeth Bennet's.
Miss Bingley: Miss Elizabeth Bennet. I am all astonishment.