Guys, I have a sort-of-awkward question to ask you.
Since the start of the New Year, I have consumed over a dozen Pride and Prejudice adaptations, with no signs of slowing down. In addition to listening to the original text on audiobook (beautifully performed by Rosamund Pike), as well as Bridget Jones’s Diary, I’ve watched:
- the 1995 BBC miniseries,
- the 2005 Keira Knightley version,
- The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,
- The Jane Austen Book Club, and
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
I’ve also read:
- Eligible, last year’s atrocious modern retelling,
- Epic Fail, another lousy adaptation set in a Los Angeles high school,
- Austenland (the book), and
- The Jane Austen Book Club (ditto).
Oh, and I bought myself these adorable post-its.
I can’t decide if there’s something deeply wrong with me, or if this is the best use I’ve ever made of my free time. It seems impossible, even to me, that I have not yet tired of this story and these characters—despite the occasional unfortunate rendering. But there’s no such thing as a healthy addiction, even to Jane Austen… and the rest of my TBR is growing resentful.
So, inevitably, my question is this: When should I start worrying? Where is the line between everyday-fan-of-a-beloved-classic and devout-disciple-of-a-new-religion? Is it when I begin referring to my husband as “Mr. Darcy” and asking him to call me “Miss Elizabeth”? Is it when I stop leaving my house? Is it when I start acting out scenes from the book with my Pride and Prejudice post-its?
Because, you know, I’d like to be on the lookout. The moment cannot be long in coming at this point.
P.S. If you have any recommendations for P&P adaptations not listed here, please send them my way. Thank you in advance.