A. A JOURNEY TO FIND MR DARCY
B. DIFFERENT TIMES, DIFFERENT READERS
C. THE AUTHOR’S HOUSE
D. MIXED REACTIONS
E. THE CHARACTERS’ NEW ADVENTURES
F. MR DARCY’S ESCAPE
G. PLACES WHERE THE FILM WAS MADE
H. A STAR IS BORN
THE BEST-SELLING STORY
4.1. B|b () Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice, was published in 1813. The author sold the copyright for £110. When it was published, the novel was read mostly by men from high society, but nowadays it is popular mainly among women, of all age groups and backgrounds. The book has inspired many different adaptations.
4.2. H|h ()In 1995, the BBC made a six-episode series based on the novel. The role of Mr Darcy was played by Colin Firth. It made the character of Mr Darcy and the actor himself extremely popular. The film was watched by about 10 million people. Even today, some people watch the film just to see Colin Firth in it. The scene where he walks in a wet shirt is still remembered by many fans.butterflies.
4.3. D|d ()It was hard for screenwriter Deborah Moggach to beat the 1995 adaptation and provoke such strong emotions. In her 2005 version, stars like Keira Knightley and Donald Sutherland were the main attraction. Many people also liked the outdoor scenes made in beautiful countryside. Yet some viewers said the film didn’t manage to deal with the complexity of the book.
4.4. E|e ()A few years ago P. D. James wrote a crime thriller in which Jane Austen’s story continues. After Mr Darcy marries Elizabeth, they lead a happy life at Mr Darcy’s country house at Pemberley. After six years, Elizabeth’s sister arrives with the news that her husband has been murdered, and the reader joins Elizabeth and Mr Darcy in the search for the killer.
4.5. A|a ()In 2013, Stephenie Meyer produced a film based on Shannon Hale’s bestseller Austenland. It follows a thirty-year-old woman who carries a life-size paper doll of Mr Darcy. She is so obsessed with the BBC adaptation that she travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search of that perfect gentleman.
4.6. C|c ()One place that has benefited from the ‘Pride and Prejudice effect’ is a 17th-century building in Hampshire. The writer lived there for the last eight years of her life. Now it is a popular museum. The number of visitors from various countries doubled after the 1995 BBC series.
4.7. G|g ()You can also join a Pride and Prejudice walking tour in the Peak District, where some scenes were shot, ride through the film-sets dressed as your favourite character, see Elizabeth’s room, or make a four-day luxury Austen excursion. Trips that recreate the experience can cost over £1,000 a day.adapted from www.independent.co.uk