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Once upon a time, before Colin Firth, there were other on-screen Darcys for ladies to fawn over. After all Pride And Prejudice, published in 1813, is not only Jane Austen’s most famous and popular novel, it also happens to be the most adaptable to screen, for a number of reasons.

On the surface level, Pride And Prejudice is a fairy tale: poor (well, sort of) girl fights against all odds and lives happily ever after with the rich, handsome prince. The fairy tail attribute of this story is universally appealing, but what makes it so compelling and timeless is the wit and charm Austen uses to deliver her story. Those readers (or viewers) who only manage to see a light romantic comedy in Pride And Prejudice are missing the most important reasons for its persistent appeal – it is a story of empowerment and control over one’s destiny. Our heroine »

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