I was sitting around the fire* the other day (*looking through Pinterest) when I saw a poster I just had to have. It said: “Stay calm, the Brits are here.” I thought this was genius, of course, (in part because it was covered in pictures of Mr. Darcy, and Mr. Thornton…& in part because they were shirtless…which is totally besides the point.) and knew instantly that I had to take advantage of this rare opportunity (Valentines Day… ok, so it’s not so rare) to gush about my favorite men in literature. Surprisingly, (since I’m slightly deranged and prefer a nice book about flesh eating zombies to passionate lip-locks) 2 of my favorite books are romances (*gasp*) Classic romances to be more specific, and they also happen to boast 2 of literature’s most tortured and utterly fantastic (wipes drool from chin) men. British, yummy and totally lickable, (I mean likeable) men.
Now most of you have seen the movies (which are equally as fantastic… I don’t care what ANYONE says!) but have you read the books? If not? You should! Why? Well… besides the obvious (the obvious being that they are a daydream waiting to happen) they DEFINE love!
Say whaaaat? That’s right! While both of these men are misunderstood, arrogant, prejudice, prideful, naive, and stubborn as all hell (wow, that’s not a very flattering list) they embody the soul that every woman wants in a man. One that refuses to let go of who they love. And they do it in the most spectacular of fashions. Long, well spoken, letter riddled fashion.
So, if you haven’t had the opportunity to read either of these books… what the hell are you waiting for? Or more importantly… why not now? It is Valentine’s week after all and everyone needs a little canoodling in their existence! And… since both of them are from the pre dinosaur-freezer-pop age, they are both FREE! (Do I need to keep talking?)
Anyways… here they are, two reasons why my love for all thing British, is less than a statement ,and more a way of life.
Mr. Darcy – Pride & Prejudice
In a remote Hertfordshire village, far off the good coach roads of George III’s England, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet — a country squire of no great means and his scatterbrained wife — must marry off their five vivacious daughters. At the heart of this all-consuming enterprise are the headstrong second daughter Elizabeth and her aristocratic suitor Fitzwilliam Darcy, two lovers in whom pride and prejudice must be overcome before love can bring the novel to its magnificent conclusion.
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Need More Convincing? Take a look at the MOVIE!
Mr. Thornton – North & South
When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill-owner and self-made man, John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attraction
The Movie… again (Swoon!)