We at the Amrah Publishing House realize that, despite eager anticipation for our upcoming release, Prince Charming, readers always need more good books to fill their reading hours. In response, we have decided to create a short series of Classic Romance Recommendations. Feel free to respond with whether you think these books do deserve to be on our list, or if you have any others to add. Enjoy reading and discussing along with us, or, if you have already read the book, chime in with your own opinions. Happy reading!
To kick things off, we’ll start off with a clear favourite: Pride and Prejudice.
- Only Jane Austen could make such a basic plot so highly entertaining: a quick-witted girl (Elizabeth Bennett) with a strong confidence in her ability to the character of those she meets, decides Mr Darcy is a cold-blooded and arrogant boor – despite the fact he is rich. A strong, mutual, dislike-at-first-sight leads to the usual verbal sparring, but will it also lead to the usual happy reconciliation, given that both characters are strong-willed, proud, and reluctant to change their minds?
- Throw in several additional unattached males: an affably evil romantic interest, a socially awkward suitor, and a younger son who does not have enough money to choose to court whomever he wishes, and it is obvious Elizabeth’s path to marital happiness will take several twists and turns. The subplots concerning her sisters – the beautiful Jane, whose suitor, Mr Bingley, appears to lose interest in, as well as Kitty and Lydia, whose only thoughts are of flirting with handsome military officers – serve to highlight that women’s security in this time period really did depend on finding a suitable man to marry.
- This a classic that will come up in every conversation about the romance genre sooner or later. Why not have your own opinion on it – overrated piece of tedium, or some of the best writing the world has ever seen?
- Elizabeth and Mr Darcy’s verbal sparring matches are some of the most entertaining in literature.
- Character development! Common in the best books, but all-too-rare otherwise.
- The book is free, and easy to find.
- As with many other famous stories, the plot is so well-known that any elements that were original when it was first written might seem cliché and over-used to modern readers.
- The setting – strict social rules, limited interactions between unmarried males and females, and domestic routines of typical females – have been known to frustrate some readers. For others, of course, it is part of the charm.
- Austen’s books are far more readable than, say, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Still, the language requires a bit more attention than one’s average piece of chick lit.
And now, our question for debate! (After reading, of course): Is Elizabeth Bennett, as has been asserted before, being mercenary when she falls for Mr Darcy? After all, she does not admit her opinion towards him are really changing until after she sees Pemberley, “and at that moment she felt that to be mistress of Pemberley might be something!”