I love Pride and Prejudice. It continually tops my list of favorite books, which is really saying something!
In order, the ones I like best are:
1. Pride and Prejudice
2. Mansfield Park
3. Sense and Sensibility
5. Northanger Abbey
Has anyone else ever read "Lady Susan"? Jane Austen wrote it as a series of letters, I found it intriguing but not quite the caliber of her other novels.
I find Emma to be as romantic (if not more so) than Pride and Prejudice. It's more romantic in the way that it is more accessible to the average person... There aren't many people in this world that go from true hate to true love. Sure, sometimes there are "enemies with benefits", but that's not actual love.
The love between best friends has time and time again been proven. Accessibility lends to the romanticism of the novel, unless you're an overdramatic teenage girl.
my first introduction to jane austens world was the adaption of pride and prejudice with keira knightley, i watched it and i was hooked.
my all time favorite is mansfield park, it is followed in the second place by emma, persuasion, sense and sensibility and pride and prejudice. and in third place is northanger abbey, i just can't understand how cathrine can be so overly-naive and unrealistic.
i love almost all of the BBC adaptions, especially the two adaptions of emma from 1996 and 2009. although both kate beckinsale and romola garai have wholy different takes on emmas character, i can relate to both interpretations.
as to all those manfield park adaptions, i am not that thrilled. i recently saw the adaption of 1983 and was delighted! at last i found what i was looking for. it might seem boring at times, and fanny certainly is quiet and rather shy, but that's just how jane austen intendet her to be. not such a shining character like elizabeth benett, but so good and lovely. the adaption of 1999 is not that bad, but the one of 2007... let's just say, i don't think Billie Piper is such a good choice for the fanny price.
to pride and prejudice. as the adaption of 2005 was my first introduction into the jane austen universe, i will always love it. but my favorite is the one of 1995. and i think i don't need to explain why. :) just watch it!
P&P was my first full introduction to Jane Austen, but it's not my favorite. Mainly because I don't relate to Elizabeth all that well. I think people tend to get attached to characters they see themselves in, and characters they wish they were more like.
What really grates my cheese is the people who fangirl over P&P who have NEVER READ THE BOOK. Oy.