A to Z Challenge: Fictional Favorites, Day 5

E is for — Elizabeth Bennett from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Eliza Bennett is my kind of heroine. She’s intelligent, witty, tart-tongued, and not brainlessly boy-crazy like some of her younger sisters. I enjoy her spirited banter with the haughty Mr. Darcy. I always wished that I could be so good with a repartee. I love the story, and the slow transformation of their opinions of each other never gets old.

Truth be told, I love all of Jane Austen’s major novels. (I haven’t read any of her shorter works.) Pride and Prejudice is my favorite, followed by Sense and Sensibility, the gothic Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Emma. I own four video versions of Pride and Prejudice, and, Colin Firth’s wet shirt notwithstanding, I like the BBC production with Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul the best. Maybe it’s because it was the first adaptation I saw, but whatever the reason, I thought the actresses/actors fit the characters the best, and Austen’s ironic humor really shone through.

Elizabeth Garvie as Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice, BBC 1980

Elizabeth Garvie as
Elizabeth Bennett in
Pride and Prejudice,
BBC 1985
Photo Credit: Jane Austen Wikia


17 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge: Fictional Favorites, Day 5

  1. I really enjoyed ‘Northanger Abbey’ and ‘Emma’ is a favorite too. Over the past couple of years Christian has found some comic-versions of Austen novels which I have really enjoyed collecting. Great choice for E!


  2. Jane Austen is the best! Although Price and Prejudice is my favourite, I also have a soft spot for Persuasion. Have you ever seen the version of that novel with Ciaran Hinds? Beautiful.


  3. It will always be Jennifer Ehle / Colin Firth for me – can’t believe it’s nearly 20 years old. I did rewatch the Garvie / Rintoul version some years ago and found it a bit stilted in comparison. As far as favourite Austen heroines go though, mine is Emma, flawed as she is. I’m never entirely convinced that the size of Mr. Darcy’s estate didn’t influence Lizzie just a little bit!


  4. I have Pride and Prejudice and Emma lying around in my room but haven’t got around to reading it yet. Heh. I really should though, Eliza Bennett sounds like she’s an interesting one to get to know.


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