As you all know by now, Pride and Prejudice 2005 is not my favourite movie. In fact, it drives me crazy and it makes me weep and it makes me want to rip some of my hair out. (Wow, talk about dramatic post openers, guys.) I call it Pride and Pyjamas, I bash it, I once wrote a long negative post about it and I know not what. I have learnt that there are many who share my opinion. We will talk about it together in the comments, basking in delicious, malicious mutual dislike. We will laugh about the hairstyles, gossip about The Swing Scene and snort about the pig in the house. And well... not going to lie, I enjoy those conversations.
But there are also those who love P&P05. And yesterday, when I was replying to all the lovely comments on my last post, 6 Period Drama's I do not like, I suddenly realised, 'Wow. Those poor P&P05 lovers. These endless people who bash one of their favourite movies must really kind of hurt their feelings.' I imagined me being in their situation - me reading so many blogs laugh at my favourite movie, and say that it isn't Jane Austen. I don't quickly get upset about stuff like that, but I can really imagine this overload of P&P05-haters being very Tiring for P&P05-lovers.
Well, let me say something I Think. People's brains work very differently. There are many people who love P&P05, and there are many people who hate it. And the people who hate can be a bit harsh, and I try my hardest not to. See, I think it's fine to bash a movie - but when it goes to an extent that the movie-bashers bash the lovers-of-the-movie TOO, then I think it goes too far. I apologise if I ever wrote something like, 'If you like P&P05, you're not a true Janeite.' Or if I wrote, 'If you think P&P05 is a true adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, you're stupid.' I really apologise, because that's just mean.
I don't see P&P05 as a true adaptation of Pride and Prejudice - I don't see it as Jane-Austen-like. But that doesn't mean that the same goes for other people. People interpret stories and characters differently; that's just the wonderful thing about this world of ours. The colourful diversity of everyone's brains ranges from A to Z, from 1 to a 100. We are all different; our brains all churn and dazzle differently. Some easily overlook historical accuracies, others weep at the mere thought of a regency lady in a Georgian corset and wind-blown hair. Personally, I can't fully understand how some people can love P&P05 so much, but that doesn't mean I have to tell them that they can't, ha.
So, my dear P&P05 lovers, this post is for you. Keep on loving that Keira Knightley version - keep on falling in love with Matthew Macfayden's Mr Darcy - you can have him. :-P Stick together, you guys, and brush off zee unpleasant comments. I hate P&P05, but I definitely do not hate you guys. Let's do a group hug.
As for my fellow P&P95 lovers - WE UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER. :-P Let's wink and bash the movie together. It's fun.