I don't remember how old I was when I saw “Pride and Prejudice” (BBC, 1995) for the first time but I remember that I was very young and I also remember how much my family and I enjoyed its light tone, its humour, its characters. It seemed so very different from everything else and it was impossible not to have a good time and a good laugh while watching it. I remember the agony of the wait until the next episode.
At one point I discovered that the mini-series I loved so much was actually based on the novel that was written by Jane Austen and, as strange and unreal as it is to think about it now, I knew nothing whatsoever about Jane Austen or any of her books back then. Alas, I couldn't read the book at that time, because my English wasn't what it is now, but I would come back to it again and again until I finally managed to do it. Naturally, I've been rereading it ever since... And my English has much improved since then; in fact, so much so that I wrote a Regency-set novel of my own - Margaret's Rematch - as a tribute to Jane Austen.
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