IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
Between his prejudice and her pride (or was it her prejudice and his pride?), Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett have been captivating readers for exactly two centuries now. Yes, Jane Austen's classic novel turns 200 on January 28th. To celebrate one of my favorite novels I did a little browsing:
The Many Faces of Pride and Prejudice:
A 1961 cover and a 2010 reissue; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies-a mashup that inspired an entire genre; Blockbuster Bridget Jone's Diary By Helen Fielding; Title page from 1st edition (1813); Award winning BBC Version starring Colin Firth, 1940 movie starring Greer Garson, Marvel Comics series #1; 2005 movie starring Keira Knightly
Pride and Prejudice: By The Numbers:
20 million: Copies sold copies to date.
26: Number of main characters.
100: number of years in the public domain.
0: Numbers of years not in print.
£110: Amount that Austen sold the original manuscript for (she asked for £150).
2: Second most loved book in the UK, behind Lord Of The Rings. (via BBC Big Read).
1: Careers made. Colin Firth, who played Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC mini-series and Mark Darcy in the Bridget Jones Diary.
21: Age of Jane Austen when she began writing P&P.
38: Age when it was first published.
42: Age when Jane Austen died.
Gazillions: Number of good, great, bad & ugly adaptations and spin-offs. Highlights include (see chart above) Bridget Jones Diary, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a Marvel Comic series and an award winning BBC mini-series.