It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.
Friday 8 October The Guardian It has been many years since the late Edward W Said shook up Jane Austen scholarship by identifying hidden lineaments of empire in her writings - fictions, he said, that so far from solely reflecting local Englishness, are actually subject to geo-political determinants of capital and power.
In her trendy movie version of Mansfield Park five years ago, director Patricia Rozema took up this interpretative challenge and had her Fanny Price fully aware of Sir Thomas Bertram's plantation in foreign parts and the exploitative foundation of his massive wealth. So is Gurinder Chadha's all-singing, all-dancing new Bollywood-Austen spin Bride and Prejudice in the same fashionable vein?
In fact, it is sublimely indifferent to these challenging perspectives, and maybe that's a relief. But for all that it whisks its characters across oceans and continents - to London and LA and Amritsar - her film cheerfully invents whole new dimensions of parochialness and shallowness, Pride and prejudice vanity new acres of unreflecting naivety, that weren't in the original.
All the subtlety, all the light and shade, all the dark undercurrents of loneliness and helplessness have been merrily chucked overboard, as if Chadha can't see a nuance without giving it the heave-ho.
A complex adult novel has been used as the pretext for a low-octane and glassy-eyed Bollywood romp, at a shorter length than usual and without balancing the romcom jollity with any of the genre's usual heartfelt and ingenuous moments of seriousness. It's apparently based on the single insight that arranged marriages are very much the order of the day for young people in south Asia and emigrant communities in America and the UK - which is sort of like Jane Austen, right?
Her Darcy is a smooth American businessman, played by Martin Henderson, in India to scout out the possibilities of opening pricey new luxury hotels. The Elizabeth Bennet equivalent is a stately beauty played by Aishwarya Rai, who has the slightly unfortunate name of Lalita. Darcy and Lalita meet cute at a wedding party that kick-starts the film, for which Chadha stages a boisterous and exuberant song-and-dance number.
It is one of many fraught encounters which Lalita concludes with a haughty and head-tossing exit. This Darcy never gets wet in the Colin Firth style, incidentally, although Rai is seen swimming in one of his fancy hotel pools, her person decorously submerged up to the neck.
We cut to a thoughtfully appreciative reaction shot from Darcy, and then back to Rai in a poolside recliner, her swimsuit supplemented by a modest sarong. She is one of a number of marriageable sisters with an excitable mama and genial, laid-back papa; there is a disreputable British fellow called Wickham who slanders Darcy behind his back and someone else called Bingley.
But parallels and correspondences with Austen are really neither here nor there. It could be any unremarkable Bollywood picture. The effect is very different from say, Amy Heckerling's Clueless, a witty and ingenious LA teen-movie spin on Emma, which honoured its source material in a spirit of detailed homage.
Well, this is homage of a sort. Rai herself is a queenly presence, her facial expressions entirely subordinate in importance to the flawless maquillage, the jewel in her facial crown being her immaculately painted lips which, at rest, come together in such a way as to leave a tiny, pouting gap the size of a pinhole.
Lalita considers herself to be feisty and smart; she longs for a suitor capable of a sparky intelligent conversation. Or as she puts it in one of the musical numbers: But all she gets are nerds and cads. There's a prattish accountant guy who's made a pile in Los Angeles and is always boasting about his wealth and his "crib".Vanity and Vengeance: A Sequel Inspired by Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - Kindle edition by Linda Mako Kendrick.
Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Vanity and Vengeance: A Sequel Inspired by Pride and Prejudice by Jane urbanagricultureinitiative.coms: Jane Austen (in Pride and Prejudice) explains the difference between pride and vanity as follows.
“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Jane Austen began writing the novel which later became Pride and Prejudice in October of and finished it by August of the following year; she was then twenty-one years old.
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Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain.
Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.". Jane Austen and the Seven Deadly Sins: Pride and Vanity. Posted in Jane Austen Inspired, Jane Austen's Emma, Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen's Persuasion, Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen's Works by Laurel Ann.