Isn't it just the most typical thing for a girl to be swept away by the enchanting romance of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice? Is it not absolute scandal for a girl to not have read or not enjoy Jane Austen's work? Isn't it totally against feminine nature to not be adoring of Elizabeth Bennet?
Well, I stand here against convention. In words from my favourite source (You've Got Mail): "I'm a lone reed". I have read Sense and Sensibility and, don't get me wrong, I tried to find it interesting. For some reason, however, I just couldn't get into it. I just didn't enjoy it.
I am trying to plough my way through Pride and Prejudice, but I am experiencing the exact same dilemma. It started well, and I contentedly followed for some 60 pages. I like Elizabeth Bennet. I don't argue against that. I think her character is excellent, and Mr Darcy is an intrigue, but oh, how meaningless and drudgenous the talk can be after everything else I've read. I understand that it is a scandal, but I seriously don't think that I'm a Jane Austen type of girl. That simple! I don't find it fascinating. A good friend of mine once told me, and very firmly, too, that "if you aren't enjoying it, stuff reading it!" Well, I would, but it's Jane Austen. To not like Jane Austen is a scandal! (Then again, if I don't like Jane Austen, won't I feel like such a rebel!)
To go or or not to go on! That is the question! Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the long-winded conversations of two people who definitely will get together no matter what... What dreams may come!