Pride and Prejudice was first written in the late 1700's, then rewritten in 1811-1812 and finally published in early 1813. It is probably the most-read of all of Jane Austen's novels and is a popular favorite among many.
Pride and Prejudice, originally entitled First Impressions, deals with the misjudgments that often occur at the beginning of an acquaintance, and how those misjudgments can change as individuals learn more about each other.
Pride and Prejudice is the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet (minor gentry), their five daughters, and the various romantic adventures at their Hertfordshire residence of Longbourn. The parents' characters are greatly contrasted: Mr Bennet being a wise and witty gentleman; while Mrs Bennet is permanently distracted by the issue of marrying off her daughters at any cost. The reason for Mrs Bennet's obsession is that their estate will pass by law after Mr Bennet's death to his closest blood relative: his cousin, the Reverend William Collins (a fatuous, tactless and pompous man). Austen's tale is spurred on by the arrival of the young and wealthy bachelor Charles Bingley and his friend Fitzwilliam Darcy. It is the story of the various affections, affectations and engagement shenanigans that develop due to Mrs Bennet's relentless matchmaking and the dashing Darcy's tempestuous relationship with Elizabeth Bennet who Jane Austen claimed was favourite amongst her literary offspring. Its 1797 earlier version was turned down for publication and it appeared in this form in 1813.
Remarkably written & full of drama, this novel of Jane Austen stands high among its siblings.It has acquired the status of one of the most read novels in the world. It has also become a part of literature student's curriculum in many universities across the globe.
Who can forget Meg Ryan & Tom Hanks in the flick "You've Got Mail", discussing Pride and Prejudice at length?
The story of the movie is somewhat parallel to the store of Elizabeth Bennett & Fitzwilliam Darcy, in terms of the relationship the actors share with each other. The hate-to-love flow of the plot is pretty interesting.