Welcome to my stop on the Pride and Prejudice 200th Anniversary Blog Hop!  First, a valentine to our own dear Jane, and then a giveaway to celebrate…

January 28, 2013

Dear Jane,

Whatever would this world be without your wonderful novel? Although you felt that Pride and Prejudice was perhaps too “light, and bright, and sparkling,” I can assure you that the rest of us beg to disagree.

From readers who adore you and who turn to your books for entertainment, enlightenment, and yes, sometimes comfort, to those of us who fancy ourselves writers, where, I ask you, would we be without your sparkling wit to inspire us to greater heights of achievement?  Or your clever dialogue and unforgettable characters to fill us with glee?  Mr. Collins!  Lady Catherine de Bourgh!  Caroline Bingley and the featherheaded Mrs. Bennet! And of course one of literature’s most enduring and timeless couples, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.


Just thinking about all this makes me want to take my well-loved copy of your book from the shelf and reread it.  So I think I shall, but first, let me just wish you the very happiest of anniversaries (no small feat to have remained in print for two centuries). Wherever you are, dear Jane, I hope you know how very much you and your books are loved.

Your faithful literary admirer,

Heather Vogel Frederick

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And now, because I can’t resist an excuse for a giveaway, I’d like to give one reader a copy of my own PIES & PREJUDICE (betcha can’t guess what book inspired THAT!).  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here and tell us what you love about Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice.  If you haven’t read the book yet, tell us when you plan to, OK?


US/Canada only, please.  The deadline is Sunday February 3rd at midnight PST.  Winner will be announced Monday, February 4th.

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This blog post is part of a 200th Anniversary Blog Hop.  Be sure and hop on over to the other PRIDE AND PREJUDICE anniversary blogs by clicking here!


83 thoughts on “Happy 200th to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE!”

  1. I read Jane Austen’s P&P two summers ago. One the best decisions of my literary life. What I love most about P&P?-That’s a hard one…the proposal and confrontation scenes! Chapters 34 and 56.

  2. What do I love about Jane Austen? Her wicked, delicious sense of humor mostly. Laughter is Life itself for me. One reason I guess for Mansfield Park being one my least favorite of her books.
    Pride & Prejudice was my introduction to Jane Austen when I was 12. I fell in love with the book and with JA and her way with words. What is there not to like? Elizabeth and Darcy at odds through so much of the book, but gradually growing and changing their black/white outlooks to find love with each other. Plus all those characters we love, or I do anyway, to laugh at! Mrs. Bennet, Mr. Collins, Lady Catherine etc etc etc. Happy Birthday to one of my all time favorite books!

    • Yeah! I couldn’t stand Mansfield Park.
      Fanny was kind of boring, and I didn’t find a speck of humour in it.

      • Mansfield Park is not my favorite, either. But some folks LOVE it! Probably the most polarizing of her novels. I’m a huge fan of PERSUASION, myself, hard to choose whether that’s my favorite or P&P. Probably P&P, by a whisker…

  3. Well I haven’t read it yet but as soon as I finish the Hobbit I will. read it. hopefully the looming presensce of Pride and prejudice in the future will inspire me to surge through J.R.R. Tolkein’s masterpiece ( I hope i spelled his name right)so that I might enchant myself with a brilliant literary art of another kind!

    Yours Sincerely,

  4. I am planning to read the book very soon!! As in like within the next couple months depending on my school library.. the book sounds super great and I cannot wait!! 🙂

  5. Hey Heather! Pies and Predejudice is my second favorite of all your books( after Much Ado About Anne!) my cousin lent me a copy of P&P. I haven’t quite finished it, but I love it so far! Mrs.bennet is such a riot!!! I hope I win. Since I already have this book, I would give it to my friend who loves your books too! 😉

  6. What I love about Jane Austen is that she writes in such a way that not everybody can understand, but those who do instantly fall in love. What I love about Pride and Prejudice is Mr. Darcy! Who could resist!

  7. I unfortunately have not read Jane Austen yet, but being such a book lover myself… I will most likely LOVE it when I get older, or have more book time! Just reading the mother daughter book club made me want to read it!!! I really hope I will have the chance to read it, and read pies and prejudice!!!

  8. Jane Austen! Oooh! I read Pride and Prejudice straight away after Pies and Prejudice came out a few years back. I wanted to understand what the girls were enjoying, and see if I liked it myself. I love how Mrs. Austen tied up the book. It was a happy ending, unlike a lot of other classics I’ve read. The ‘Austen Speak’ was super sophisticated too, so I felt really smart when I finished it.

  9. I haven’t read the book YET. But it’s in my room getting ready to be read. I HAVE read the first 5 or 6 chapters and I am already in love with MR DARCY. LOL. How you might ask? Because he acts exactly like me, I know obnoxious, but he reminds me of me. I can’t wait to read it, but please note I have read (obviously) Pies and Prejudice. Thanks for reminding me to start reading! Oh yes, Heather I have a question, have you heard of an author named Wendy Mass? I absouloutly adore her books as much as yours! She writes GREAT fractured fairy tales, one series by her called, “Twice Upon A Time” is FANTABULOUS. It’s almost like Once Upon A Toad. Thanks for your time! PLEASE answer me. I’d love to know!
    Thanks again,
    One of your loving fans,

  10. I am planning on reading Pride & Prejudice very soon- in fact, thanks for the reminder- I need to add it to my reading list!

    Um, Heather, isn’t Feb. 6 a Wednesday?

    • Um, Amelia, you are right! I was looking at the JANUARY calendar! Thanks for catching the boo-boo — I’ve fixed it now.

      • You’re welcome; I know because I have a French project due, a social studies test, AND a book report due! ALL IN ONE DAY! 😀

  11. I love Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen!!!
    I love all the characters, even the annoying ones but my favorite is Lizzy. She is clever and knows how to handle herself, but is thankfully not perfect. What I love most about Jane Austen is how she understands society, and how people do suck up to rich people and I love how she makes fun of it! Jane Austen is just as witty as Lizzy!

  12. I read Pride and Prejudice before Pies and Prejudice. My mom recommended it to me, and I was so happy to meet a female character who wasn’t afraid to be blunt–even when there was a very rich man about. Kind of like Cassidy in some aspects.

    I love all the characters (except Wickham; he is totally stealing the spotlight from Mr. Darcy)! Mr. Collins is honestly the most hilarious man ever. Especially in the six-hour series. Surprisingly, I’ve met people like him. 😉 Mrs. Bennet (also super great in the BBC version) certainly “livens” up the place. I think she’s awesome, but I can’t but feel bad for Mr. Bennet!

    Yet Elizabeth and Darcy are what make the book so lovable. Who doesn’t love their intelligently truthful converstions? Mr. Darcy is one of the best fictional male character ever written. When Lizzie shows up, it seems like he’s met his match.

    Pride and Prejudice is perfect. Please Miss Austen, don’t wish to change perfection!

  13. I love Jane Austen’s sense of humor and her insight into people and relationships. Her characters are ordinary people that anyone can relate to, but I never get bored with them.

  14. I love how Jane always had her point come across in humorous light ways, while still leaving behind books that could last through generations, and are still (200 years later!) recognized as some of the greatest works in literature.

  15. I did not read Pride and Prejudice(yet). I really wonted to bit it keeps slipping from my mined! But the one thing I know for sure my next stop is the library:)

  16. Pride and Predigest sounds like a great book and i have it on my ipad. i am planning to read it really soon and am excited. i saw it on a book list that my teacher put on her board too. it sounds great!

  17. Enjoyed your letter to Ms Austen…I have always loved her wit and humour…her characters are human…we can still relate to them 200 years later…amazing

    • Truly amazing, Stephanie! Just shows you that the human heart doesn’t change, though the outward trappings may.

  18. I love the beautiful romance in Pride and Prejudice. It doesn’t exist in todays novels. The way Darcy uses his words captures my heart. And I must say his letter to Elizabath kept me up til 2 in the morning!

  19. My favorite Austen book is _Emma_, but I love _Pride and Prejudice_ too. Jane Austen is so witty and wise in writing about men and women and their relationships. We can love her characters despite their flaws–or perhaps because of them.

  20. ha, awesome, pride and prejudice is super good, sort of challenging(ok REALLY CHANLLENGING) i didnt quite get the book but i got the shorted moving for christmas and i adore it , it helped me understand the book a lot better(plus keira knightly is my role model!!!) HAPPY BIRTHDAY P&P!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Give it a couple of years and try the book again, Aly. I’m impressed you tackled it, and thrilled you watched the movie. Nothing wrong with starting there, and then heading back into the book at some point. It will only get better with time!

  21. Pride and Prejudice has been my favorite book since the first time I read it when I was 14. Reading about a character as wonderful and independent as Lizzy Bennet reinforced my own natural strong will. That’s stood me in good stead over the years, even though I haven’t had to tell my mother I won’t marry the odious Mr. Collins. 😉 I wish all young girls could find a role model–in real life or in a book–as good as Elizabeth.

    Your book (and the whole series, really) has been on my TBR for a long time, Heather. I would love to win a copy. 🙂

  22. WHat I love about P&P is that it got me into reading when i saw colin firth’s version of book as a little girl I like her characters since i can relate to them and the plots

  23. I haven’t read any Jane Austen books, eek! :-O but i really want to read Pride and Prejudice, i just have too many books to read! XD Judging from TMDBC, Jane Austen’s books seem reallyreallyreally good, and she seems like she would have been a fun person to know 🙂

  24. I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice yet, but I plan on reading it as soon as I finnish Dear Enemy.

  25. I read P&P for the first time in 2008 and loved it. I have read several Austenesque books since then as well as several Austenesque movies. My favorite Austenesque book is “The Man Who Loved Jane Austen” by, Sally Smith O’Rourke.

  26. Oh wow, this is hard. My favorite thing about P&P. The opening line. Mr. Bennent’s wit. The fact that Lizzy doesn’t care if Darcy is rich and handsome. How Mrs. Bennet’s matchmaking schemes always seem to fail. Mr. Collins being a total dork. All the amazing lines I have memorized and am constantly quoting (to the great annoyance of my friends who don’t love P&P as much as me). The realistic characters who seem to belong in the 21st century. How the characters aren’t perfect, how they make mistakes. And who couldn’t love Elizabeth and Darcy???

    I first read P&P after reading Pies & Prejudice two years ago, when I was 14. I fell in love with it instantly. I am now 16, and have read P&P seven different times, sometimes back to back. I love Jane Austin’s books so much, I even named my chickens after her characters. (Hmmm. Wonder where I got that idea?) 🙂 Just recently, I watched the six-hour BBC version of P&P with Colin Firth. I loved that almost as much as I loved the book.

    Jane, thank you so much for giving me such an amazing book! Even though you might have thought your story wasn’t perfect, it is. And no matter how old I live to be, Pride & Prejudice will always remain on my bookshelf and in my heart.

    • You love Colin Firth, too! And you named your CHICKENS after Jane’s characters! Oh, how I love to hear this! 😀

  27. I haven’t read P&P yet (Pride, not Pies 🙂 ) but I plan to read it sometime, b/c I’m only in 4th grade.

    • Yes, you’re wise to wait a few years, Sarah. I guarantee you’ll love it when the time comes, though! 😉

  28. I haven’t read it yet ( I know, I can’t believe I haven’t! )
    but it’s on my reading list along with Jane Eyre and the some of the last Betsy-Tacy books. I’m slowly but surely making my way through the books that the MDBC have read. I’ve loved all of the ones I’ve read so far and I’m sure I’ll love all of the others!!!

  29. Why do I love Pies and Prejudice… I love it simply because it is a Mother-Daughter book club book. Emma, Jess, Cassidy, Megan and even Becca are like my best friends and I learn from them too. They incorporate humor, reading, friendship, and too much more to explain. I love how in this book the girls come together for a cause they all believe in. Reading “Pies and Prejudice” also inspired me to read Jane Austen’s namesake novel. I am in the middle of it right now and I’m glad I started it. Thank you Mrs. Fredrick for writing this book that not only was amazing in-and-of-itself but inspired me to read another good book too!

  30. I just read pride and prejudice about a month ago and loved it. After reading pies and prejudice I thought I should. I really like how in pride and prejudice, there are so many people like in real life and although it is set along time ago, everything still seems real today. I also love lady Catherine de bourgh! (Especially her name

  31. I haven’t got around to the book yet, but I plan on reading it soon! From the first chapter that I read at a library once Love her writing style in the book.


  32. Wait a sec. People are telling me that you are actually coming out with a 7th MDBC book in 2014. You were telling everyone it was the last one, but the said it was just a trick so everyone would be surprised. Help me out here? 😕

    • Nope, WISH YOU WERE EYRE is the last one. The 2014 book (the one I’m working on now) is not an MDBC. Something entirely new. Sorry to disappoint, but I’m working hard to make it a book all my MDBC fans will enjoy!

  33. Jane Austen is certainly witty, and you could also say she was ahead of her time. Reading her books really boosted my vocabulary, and really helped when I had to write a play in that time period. Sometimes out of no where I’ll say a word and only the people I know that read books a lot know what I’m talking about. She also has a way of capturing your mind. Even though I only have the real short book it still was really good. Her other book, Sense And Sensibility is turning out to be really good.

  34. I love Jane Austen’s insight into human behavior as evidenced through the creation of such varied and wonderful characters from the heroine and hero to all the people in their world. Even the absurd and antagonistic characters are well done. And I think that’s what makes all the spin-offs and variations possible!

  35. What do I love about Pride and Prejudice? Well I dare say I loved trying to understand the complicated language that sounds so regal. I wish I could speak in fluent Austen Speak…

    I love the characters they cover so many different types of people it’s absolutely lovely. Eliza Bennet represents a true woman! Let’s just say she isn’t a push over either. Darcy, aggravates me to the extreme every time I pick it up the novel and begin to reread it. Yet he never fails to sweep me off my feet but the end when he saves Lydia from something so terrible. He then proposes again the Eliza and she finally excepts.

    I have convinced all my friends to read P&P and in the halls we talk in Austen Speak and call each other by our P&P nicknames. We then giggle for we are the only ones who understand the joke.

    I have opening memorized and can recite on hand if asked and I have a pendant necklace with a P&P quote. If I hadn’t read Pies and Prejudice though I would have totally overlooked the book on our library bookshelf like I have every other time. But like every book the MDBC reads I read too. I am always skeptical and I end up loving it in the end. Just like the girls…

    Thanks Pride and Prejudice! And happy birthday!

  36. I am hoping to read P&P when I can get my hands on a copy. I can’t wait! my mom might have a copy somewhere…

  37. I love Pride and Prejudice’s timelessness. My favorite parts are anything with Elizabeth and Darcy and also when Mrs. Bennett asks Kitty to stop coughing! Hee hee 🙂

  38. I like P&P because even though its from a different time period you can still relate to it. I adore Lady Catherine and Mr. Collins!!!!!!!

  39. I loved Pies and Prejudice!!!!!!!!! It helped me get through my sadness when my cat( the best cat ever) died!!!!

    Thank you soooo much for your wonderful books!

    • So sorry to hear about your kitty, Paige. 🙁 But glad to hear that P&P helped cheer you up.

  40. What i love about pride and prejudice(only watched the movie, going to read the book soon) is how hilarious all the characters are especially her family, and how much inner fighting she has w/ herself.

  41. I love Jane Austen and her books because readers can totally identify with something… and she never fails to include some humor. You fall in love with the characters and root for them- even ones like mr Collins- he’s so weird but he’s so weird that you want him to be happy :P. And Jane… she’s an inspiration to all of us writers out here. 🙂

  42. I have not read P&P yet but I will as soon as I can get it from the library. Pies and Prejudice really made me want to read it.

  43. Dear Heather Vogel Fredrick,
    I am reading the book Pride and Prejudice. I have to say that I really am enjoying it. My favorite parts are: slowly seeing the real Mr. Darcy…. and even though she isn’t one of the main characters, I really liked the aunt. She was like a person that you would meet today. I loved how she already knew that Mr. Wickman was not all that she seemed and how when Jane was feeling down she invited her to come stay with her a while. That is very much like aunts of today. I love The proposal(and others) I did find one quote that I like. It is in the very beginning when Mr. Darcy says not to sketch his character I love all of the books in your series. Pies and Prejudice is actually the only mdbc book I don’t have. Hope everyone out there enjoys this book. Soon I will be done with the book and let’s face it when there is a foot of snow on the ground and it is freezing outside it is a good time to read a good book. Which is where I am now . Better go back to my book……

    • Oh, glad you mentioned the aunt, Chloe! I am a big fan of aunts, and Elizabeth Benet’s Aunt Gardner is no exception. Enjoy!

  44. There are infinite number of places to see, adventures to have, stories to be characters in and surprises to discover in this world, and books capture them all without really setting foot outside. You can have the most daring adventures and see the most beautiful places without leaving the comfort of home. I have had more than my fair share of “book voyages” but surprisingly had never heard of Pride and Prejudice till I read the mother daughter book club series. When I did learn about it I was like Emma when she heard about Betsy-Tacy. 🙂 I really want to read this book for a number of reasons. Firstly, look at that booming title! The 2 words, pride and prejudice have something demanding about them, that makes you want to pick up the book instantly. Also, Emma, Cassidy, Jess, Becca and Megan enjoyed the book and that makes me feel as though I would love it too. Now I’m off to the library to cast my eyes on Pride and Prejudice. It promises to be an excellent read!

  45. Did you name darcy because of Mr.Darcy and Emma Jane Hawthorne because of Jane Austen ? You really love Jane Austen’s writing! Cute and creative at the same time ! 🙂

  46. I am looking forward to reading Pride and Prejudice with my mom. She is an English teacher and has been wanting me to read it for a long time now. So I think I shall, dear author, much thanks to the MDBC for making me want to read it more!

  47. Another snow day gave me the chance to finish Pride and Prejudice. I loved the aunt all the way through to the end. She really was one of my favorites. I also, of course, loved the ending with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. Thanks for suggesting this book!

    • Lucky, we get almost 4ft of snow a year and we never get snow days, but fun, I’m reading it right now and it’s so good!!!!!

  48. I love all of the mother daughter book club books so much!! I am planning on reading pride and prejudice right after i finish daddy long legs. I read all the books while they were coming out and just now decided to start reading all of the books they read. I am excited to read about mr. Darcy, i hope he is like darcy hawthorne considering i have a major crush on him even though he isnt real! Oh well one day i hope i will find my darcy! Cant wait to read P&P!!

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