The Last Reflection- Probably Not Though…

I say this is the last reflection that I will have to do but in reality, it is the last one that I will have to do for school and educational purposes. If I do any more reflections in my life, it will probably be during a midlife crisis when I have to sit back and reflect on my choices that got me to that point. But in the meantime, I just have to think about college and all of the good it did me.

I could take this in an angsty way and say that I didn’t learn anything, but that would be so far from the truth. On the surface level, I probably look older than when I started and that could be that the stress of important tests and deadlines has aged me. But I like to think that after four years of dealing with people of various backgrounds and values, that I can walk into a room with my head held high, knowing that I can accomplish whatever task is required of me. I know how to write to an audience. I know how to approach different topics critically and I know the importance of rhetoric, even if it was not my favorite class.

For my Professional Practices course, it had us reading multiple books and articles surrounding this idea of Work and the importance of hard work and discipline. They also reaffirmed the value of being an English major and how someone like me can use their English skills in any setting. The ability to write and communicate is so important for every business. Even if some places like engineering firms or scientific groups don’t think so, they will be able to spread their ideas and discoveries in a way that ordinary people without their vocabulary would be able to understand. While I have been told for three years that being an English major is important and you can get a job wherever you want, I hadn’t been able to really apply that information until it was placed in a professional setting.

Something else that this class did was give me an appreciation for research. It wasn’t until I started this blog and commenting on peer’s blogs that I realized that any form of looking something up is research. So when I  google an author that I like to see if there is anything new coming out or what is similar to that genre, that counts as research. I had such a stigma against research because I would have to do research that I didn’t find interesting but when looking back, I know how to thoroughly research things and how to site them when I make references. Something seemingly boring and mundane is something that I actually do everyday, even if I didn’t or don’t realize it at the time.

I have heard other students complain that they never understood why they learned calculus or chemistry when they don’t continue down that path and has nothing to do with what they plan on doing. What I am deciding is that going through classes that require a different mindset or a different way of thinking helps problem-solving skills develop. This also relates to all of the “busy work” that I did in a lot of my classes. This blog for instance, while it helps my writing and I have definitely found my voice on it, is busy work. I would not be doing this if I didn’t have to. Reading books that have no purpose and isn’t discussed is busy work but they were good books to read and good experiences to have. I think that a lot of people aren’t prepared to deal with real life and people rejecting their work or having to start over and if they get used to busy work or doing things over, thinking about things in a different way, helps them in the long run.

Another thing that I know students wish they had classes over are things like mechanics, how to balance a check book, how to get a job, and this is exactly the class for that. Maybe not the first two, but definitely the job bit. We worked on our resumes, cover letters, talked about how to present yourself in a professional manner, going to a career fair to give real companies our resumes. A lot of this class helps you set up getting a job.

I had a lot of hesitations about staying in this class because I already had a job, I knew how to get through an interview since I have been through several. None of the material seemed new or worth me going through. I am glad I stuck with it though. I made connections with people in and out of the class. The way that it was structured, I had to think about who my mentor was, if I had one at all. I had to think about topics to blog about that might not have anything to do with school. It made me think and it let me check things off a check list at the end of the night, which I find incredibly satisfying.


The Value of the Written Word

As mentioned in a previous post, I thoroughly enjoy reading. Most of the material that I consume is YA fantasy and adventure but on rare occasions, I find things that I have written in the past and find myself rereading. A lot of things were from middle school or high school that I forgot that I made let alone wrote. Mentally I suppose I blocked it out since writing back then was just for school and to check off boxes. But recently I have been finding old school projects and it either takes me back to that moment or requires me to figure out what it was for originally.

One Sliver of Athens

I found a scrapbook that I was under the impression was unused but was pleasantly surprised to discover that I had multiple projects that I had used it for. A couple french projects in middle school and a poetry project from 9th grade. Looking over what I gathered or what I wrote made me think about why I wrote that or why I chose a particular piece. One of which was a Shakespeare sonnet that was declared as “My Favorite Poem” and for the life of me I do not remember why I chose it, it was probably because my mom recommended it and it was short to type up. When I read it for the first time in years, my experiences have developed to the point where the sonnet had a lot more meaning to me than it most likely did originally.

The Remains of Sparta

Something that I thought I would have done more of as a child was journal. I was convinced that I would write everything about my life down and would need so many new journals since I would fill them up. What ended up happening was I would write a page or two in a diary and then run out of things to say or I would find something active to do instead, pushing the writing to the side. Recently I started traveling via plane, which was a new endeavor for me. It was suggested by my mentor to keep a journal of what happens, in his head, he was thinking about the Greece trip he was about to lead for study abroad. Keeping a journal was one of the best decisions that I made on that trip overseas. I was able to document everything that we did from going to different historical sites like the Acropolis and Sparta to walking around Athens, where we got food, what I ate and conversations that we had.

Small Corner of Acropolis

This trip was only a year ago, not too far back, but after looking at my journal again, it reminded me of the small things that we did or saw. I can remember the big picture and important things that happened, but when years have passed, I might not remember as much. Having a journal like this with everything that I experience will take me right back to those moments. When I think about it, in the past I never held much stock for personal writing. But as I have grown as an individual, I know that I value memories and reading. The best way to combine the two is by writing down what is happening. Even if I didn’t have the best regard for writing, it is something that has grown on me. Writing letters that I don’t send, writing my thoughts down in order to organize them, writing to remember that the best gelato I had in Greece was in Nafplio and that I had a peaceful moment watching the sun rise over the Aegean Sea. Reading is what I love, but writing is how I’ll remember.

Overlooking Nafplio

A Little Bit of “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara

Hanya Yanagihara’s work A Little Life is anything but little. If the size of the 720 page book is not enough to intimidate, the written material might. The novel begins following four friends in New York City trying to make it in their respected career fields. Willem is the aspiring actor from the Midwest, JB an artist whose focus material is his friends, Malcolm an architect and Jude, practicing law. Having met in college, the four friends maintain their relationships through graduate school and into the “real world” where they search for apartments, worry about money and hope to be successful.9780385539265_p0_v2_s1200x630

When first starting out, this novel feels like it will be an episode of Friends without the women but that feeling does not last long. The reader learns that Willem has lost his parents and older brother, JB is being raised by a single mother along with his grandmother who dote over him. Malcolm has wealthy parents but struggles with finding a meaning with architecture and his sexuality. Jude takes the longest for the reader to discover his past as he refuses to speak of it with his friends. Each as his own goals and desires, different backgrounds. It takes a dark turn after a while when real life and real issues become the focus instead of generic life skills like getting a job after college and affording an apartment. Things that most people would think difficult are the easiest things in the world to these characters.

The friends start becoming successful one at a time and slowly but then the issues start. The book starts to take a downward spiral as things go wrong for some, plateau for others. Willem gets that acting career he longed for, but he is traveling more often than not. JB becomes a known artist, but develops an addiction for meth and fades away from the group and the story. Malcolm becomes a successful architect and “comes out” as a straight man but then becomes a minor character. For Jude his past is exposed in small flash backs that allow the reader to imagine what happened, only to find out that what actually happened was much worse. This reader had to stop. I was not able to finish this book because the way that the violence and trauma that Jude, and a few of the others although much less extreme, went through was too real and an unexpected break down was upon me.

In this instant, the book is successful at making the reader experience difficult real life situations. Reading about child abuse, prostitution, meth addiction, questioning ones sexuality, cutting, attempted suicide, mental and physically abusive relationships, and death. Out of the 720 pages, all of these topics are dealt with within the first 350 pages. Yanagihara writes with a short lead up that draws you in to find out where these men end up, only to punch the reader in the gut with graphic dealings of traumatic experiences.

The question remains if Yanagihara wrote this to see how damaging she can make someone’s life. Or if this speaks to the real world and what people go through but might not talk about. A Little Life is someone misleading since none of the characters seemingly had small lives. They were not the most pleasant, but they were not little. A lot of people do not like this book because it is so graphic and traumatizing. Others enjoy reading it.  Nothing about this book is happy. No one gets off easy in this book and any glimmer of hope is soon ripped from view a few pages later. If someone is looking for a book that tears them down emotionally, then this is the book for them.


*Modeled on a New York Times Book Review 



Srsly Can’t Even

Something that I have been thinking a lot lately is language and how people use it. We like to be quite and simple now, so if you can read the title of this, you know that I is technically saying “I seriously cannot even deal with this situation.” We need translators now for how we communicate if you don’t know the short cuts. Language used to be beautiful and eloquent: Telling stories, writing long letters, creating plays. omg-lol-ily-laugh-out-loud-oh-my-god-love-11987399

But now things are either typed out in full sentence form or are in short internet slang. Lol, brb, lmao, smh, otp, are just letters and to someone learning English these will probably make no sense whatsoever; laughing out loud, be right back, laughing my a** off, shake my head, one true paring. This slang is popular to use and common for a lot of people. I am guilty of using a lot of these words in text messages and what bothers me is when I say them in person to add emphasis to what I am saying. I don’t mean to do it but I have become so used to writing them that I am starting to say them.

And then there is the craze of the emoji. A picture that is for the purpose of expressing emotion through texting but it has evolved to so much more. I have had entire conversations or I guess you could call them battles c537948be8796b19c3e79deffc7a9265of sending emojis of food or animals back and forth for no real reason other than we could. There are some people who manage to have entire thought out conversations through emojis. It takes a lot of time to both type that out and also to figure out what the images are trying to say. Communicating by emoji can be impressive but it is also very scary for the survival of language.

The use of Old English or English during Shakespeare’s time is not happening so much anymore. We have gone from the peak of language and have dwindled to basically pictographs with the use of emojis. We are going back to cave dwellers who communicate by drawing pictures to each other. I guess there can be the argument that since people understand what is being said is an advancement of the English language but I don’t think it is.

Language was once something to be proud of. To have a large, eloquent vocabulary was a way to entertain or impress people. Back in Shakespeare’s time, people went to see plays to pass the time and they enjoyed the language that they heard on stage. A lot of the audience might not have understood everything that was people said but they must have liked hearing it if they kept going back. Language was how you expressed yourself, writing letters helped you stay in touch and connect with your feelings. Technology has altered the way we do things and while some of it is beneficial, I wouldn’t call it better.


Further Reading



Delving into the Depths of the Ocean, and Not Knowing What is Being Said

cbe8a88a045b472e8d5d22b135b3af9e Dr. Stacy Alaimo gave her lecture on “Deep Sea Speculations: Literature and Science in the Abyss” and I was kind of excited about it because it never occurred to me to connect literature and science. There were a lot of scientific background and vocabulary that went right over my head but something that stuck out was considering  the ocean depths and the creatures that live their as “alien.” William Beebe and Otis Barton took a dive in their bathysphere and saw amazing things. Early artwork of the fish and other creatures that live at the bottom floor of the ocean by Else Bostelmann seemed otherworldly or too impossible to actually exist. However, centuries later when the technology improved and there were photographic images of the creatures, they found that the artwork was pretty darn close to what the original sea divers found. This is incredible because the men who when down to the bottom saw the creatures and described them to others who then described them to the artist. 384769629d4714259b7884e88b7b408e

This means that the original depictions of the creatures that were found at the bottom of the ocean were clear enough to go through a grapevine and drawn close to perfection. That is the amazing power of language, communication and art. Another thing going off of the alien comment was that people associate what they don’t know about the ocean to what they don’t know about space and to them that means aliens. Dr. Alaimo expressed her angst toward James Cameron and his directing. Even in a documentary of what is seen at the lower levels of the ocean, a gelatinous creature was stretched out but then suddenly took the form of what we attribute to be a space alien. Something that is incredible by itself, according to Cameron, needed to make clear that it was different and couldn’t just leave it to be different on its own. I tried to find this scene online but I had no success.

c8220a4220c6b5ed1d84fe8a372de8caWhile closing her lecture Dr. Alaimo brought up this topics connection to English and to the humanities saying that scientists need writers because they know how to make an argument and to get this information out there. I think that having that connection is valuable not just in this context but in every aspect of the STEM fields. It benefits a lot of people and businesses if they have employees who know how to write and know how to write well. Writing about any form of research is useful and in fact, one of my other classes read an essay by Dr. Alaimo from an anthology that discussed the observation of animals and the sexual behavior that they exhibited. Something like that which would probably stay within a scientific world made its way back to the humanities because the topics of such writing and the language and conversations that it holds remains relevant today.




Books, books and more books

The only book tree I have made but with only half of my books

I cannot for sure say when I fell in love with books and with reading, it just happened at an early age. I know that my mom would read to me and my brothers before bed and one of my grandmothers was a librarian so we would always receive books for Christmas and birthdays. There was never a shortage of books in my house and I had the urge to read all of the ones that I could. While I did read some fiction when I was younger, I have leaned more toward fantasy as a genre that I favor now. I find the worlds that they offer more appealing that the real one most of the time. Fiction was too real and non-fiction was usually for school.

I like to purchase all of my books since I have such a list of to-read books that never truly ends and the thought of returning a book to a library if I have fallen in love with it makes be sad. When I have to get books for school though, I rent. Mostly for the cheaper prices but for the most part, unless they were classics related, I had no interest in keeping them. Unless I couldn’t sell them back to the bookstore, then I reluctantly kept them. The one book that I had to get for class though was Avid Reader by Robert Gottlieb and I believe that it is worth the shelf space to keep it.

This book focuses on Gottlieb’s early life and his careers throughout, all surrounding books. Reading books, editing books, publishing books. It was a semi-quick read even though it was difficult at times to keep all of the names straight. Gottlieb gives his philosophies on his own work ethic and aligns with some of my own ideas; Get the work done quick, don’t make the author wait, work hard, and countless others.

This book peaked my interest knowing that Gottlieb turned a lot of his interests or hobbies into careers. He loved to read and got involved in the publishing world. He loved to travel and collect things and got to do this with friends that he made in the business. He loved to go to the ballet and was offered a place on a Board of Directors involved with one of the ballets in New York and later was the main writer on the ballet for a magazine. All of the things that he did in his life were out of joy for the activity and not so much on the financial or the necessity of getting a career.


I think that is a very valuable lesson to young adults today who are thinking about what they are going to do after college. They focus more on the financial stability of a career and just hope they don’t hate what they do. I believe that they should all take a step back, maybe read this book, even if they aren’t going into editing and publishing, and go see the world. Changing their world view might help they figure out what they want to go. Traveling to England helped Gottlieb narrow down what he wanted to do and even my Mentor said to get out and go travel. Having a good work ethic and loving what you do will make working easier and I hope that I remember that going forward and finding myself a career.


Is Anything Ever The “Best”?

I think the word “best” has become so overused that when I hear it now, I am incredibly skeptical of if the product is actually the “best.” Considering something the “best” is similar to saying that everything else before it is inferior, and that won’t change until the next “best” thing comes along. Being the best at something is incredibly subjective to the person looking at the object. Based on my tastes and interests, after reading a few essays in Jonathan Franzen’s The Best American Essays from 2016, I found them interesting and thought provoking but not what I would call the “best.” 4b4e3d8f6da55b3fa19946e0d3b8cacd

To some people, I’m sure that some of the essays in this collection are the best, and like I said, it is subjective to the person looking at the work. One of the essays that I read was “Names” by Paul Crenshaw that deals with men giving each other crude or inappropriate nicknames to help them get through the difficulties of basic training for the military. While this essay was entertaining in the beginning, due to its short size, the essay takes a sharp turn to reveal that the men behave like this because they use humor to mask their fears of war. This essay takes something meaningful and personal and uses it to share a story. Crenshaw took a somewhat private moment in his life and found a common thread that many people might be about to relate to.

I have neither heard of nor about any of the authors included in this collection but I wonder if these are writers who have been known to write essay’s that keep the attention of their readers, or if they were popular in the publishing sphere. Reading through some of them, it seems like the essay’s are small samples of a larger work but it becomes evident that it is the entirety of the essay. Some are larger than others but each takes something personal or meaningful, positive or negative, and discusses a larger issue.

The few essay’s that I read contain a deep and somewhat dark inner look on the author’s lives. They reveal a little bit of their vulnerability in their writing. All of the authors selected for this accumulation of essay’s are worth reading if you find essays enjoyable. But again, it is subjective as to whether or not these essay’s are the “best”. They come out with a new “best” essay collection every year so clearly, “best” doesn’t mean permanent. It can mean that they caught someones attention and they deemed it acceptable to share with the world.

UNL Mentor Assignment

These past four years of undergrad I never thought that I had a mentor; someone on campus that I would go to for advice. I’ve had favorite professors but it only occurred to me recently that I might actually have a mentor. Hands down my favorite classes that I have taken during college were Classics courses. The Classics department focuses on Greek and Roman history and language. This department is a smaller one but the community that grows from it is vibrant. There are plenty of opportunities to learn from different professors and to get to know classmates intimately. I was drawn to Classics my freshman year from the ACE course, World of Classical Greece taught by Dr. Lippman. The focus of the course was Spartan culture and was set up to resemble Spartan governance. Dr. Lippman taught in such a way which could be considered brash and blunt but it was a refreshing change from the basic teaching styles that I have previously encountered. He made his class interesting, fun and worth your money. He made you think and work for it and since I liked a challenge, I took to his ways very quickly.

I enjoyed the way he presented material so much, that I continued to take four more classes with him and he convinced me to declare a  Classics major and join Classics Club, which he advises. So far, I have made life long friends, loved what I studied, went on to TA for him for two of his classes, became the President of Classics Club and studied abroad to Greece, which he led. Everything that this man has recommended to me has had a positive impact on my life and learning. I had always considered him my absolute favorite teacher and when I had to think about who my mentor on campus was, Dr. Lippman was the first name that came to mind.

Michael Lippman graduated Emory University with degrees in English and History. He started thinking about Classics while he was a senior, and went backpacking in Europe for a year. When he was about to graduate from undergrad, he went around to eight or ten of his favorite professors for them to give him a book recommendation list for him to read. He took these books to Europe and read for 3 hours a day when he could find a nice spot. During that time he decided not to go to Law School and got involved in the Classics instead.  In Grad school he did his thesis on Greek Comedy and went on to get his PhD from Duke. Emory was a liberal arts school and he liked the small class sizes; it gave him the opportunity to be close to some of his religion and tragedy professors. They became his mentors and friends, he called one of them his Yoda and another professor was called the “Oracle.”

At his ten year reunion at Emory, he got a call to teach at his alma mater to be a temporary professor. Later he was hired for a tenure track at Rollins, then a Visiting Assistant Professor position at the University of Arizona and now he finds himself at UNL as an Associate Professor.

After four years of knowing him, his stories and his advice truly has shaped my life and my decisions for the future. He has recommended books to me and they have all been spectacular; The Secret History and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Hologram for the King and The Circle by Dave Eggers, to name a few. He advises all of his students to get out of their home state, go travel, Europe in particular and actually helps us get there. He cares about his students and individualizes his advice to each students path. He never discourages what we want to do, but lets us know how easy or difficult that path will be, while also offering alternative options that we might not have thought of. For me his advice was; “Don’t get bullied by pushy people”, “Get out of Nebraska”, “Make the most of undergrad” and “Don’t settle.”

I owe this man so much for his help and guidance during my time in the Classics Department. I appreciate all that I have learned from him and am so fortunate to have him as my mentor. I think that having a mentor is valuable, even if you don’t realize that a person you go to for advise is that mentor.

UNL Career Fair

As this entire blog is for an undergraduate English class, it makes sense to include some of the goings on in my college experience. This last Wednesday was the Arts and Sciences Career Fair and this is what I gathered:

The career fair was something that I was aware of but never something that I went to. Entering that space full of potential employers was really was an impressive and intimidating experience. Dressing professionally definitely gave me a better footing than those who dressed in jeans and a T-shirt and it also made me feel more prepared for the situations. Having my resume and researching some of the companies before hand helped me feel equipped.

I can see the appeal of the event for people who are looking for jobs or internships, mostly in the nearby area. Something that I would do different if I ever attend something like this in the future is the actual need of either a job or internship. Currently I am fortunate enough to already have a solid job that allows me to move anywhere. Going to the career fair was good experience for walking up to other companies in order to have a conversation.

Since I was used to the interview process, approaching a booth wasn’t challenging and I noticed something about the adults manning the booths. I went with a partner, for moral support I suppose, and when we started talking to companies, we both noticed that those who were older, didn’t seem all to interested in talking with us. They noticed that we were English majors and if they weren’t looking for that particular degree, they were vague, quiet, gave short answers. It wasn’t until we explained that we had skills in conversation and customer service that their interest piqued. The booths that were run by younger adults were much more energetic and involved in the conversation. Any time a connection between Carson or myself to the person at the booth, they grabbed that connection and started another conversation.

When looking back on the questions that Carson and I asked, there were just a few. Really it only took one question to get the employer to give their short speech on what they do as a company or what opportunities they had for hiring or interning. After that, business cards were given, flyers handed out and we went on our way. It was very short, brief and very much like speed dating. It really seemed like a resume collection and the only people that they would hire are the ones that they found would further their company the most. Personally I would rather apply to the company directly and interview with them if the were interested. The career fair though gave me the opportunity to practice having conversations and selling my skill sets.

Something that I learned from the booths that I talked to was that there are mostly internships available with possible careers if they keep you on as an employee. This information would be must more useful to rising juniors or seniors, like they request, instead of soon to be graduating seniors like myself who are more interested in stepping into the career field. While internships are valuable for experience and resume building, the businesses that I talked to weren’t that particular fields that I was interested in pursuing.

This experience of going to the career fair was interesting and parts of it very valuable to learn about. I would recommend this to underclassmen who need the experience. It was a lot more enjoyable with a partner, it felt less like a chore. Having someone else there with me gave me more courage to approach the booths and vice versa. It was a very fascinating event to attend for us both.

Some of the companies that I talked to where Omaha World Herald, Firespring, and Automated Systems Inc.

A Daunting Task

Talking about Pride and Prejudice is not an easy task, not with all of the fans out there liking particular versions. And there are countless versions but only a certain number of them are ones that I have seen.


Thanks to my mother the BBC version with Colin Firth filled our house years before I actually read the book. This 1995 edition came out as a television series but they came out with a DVD set that condenses it to two disks with a running time of 5 hours and 27 minutes. I never appreciated the length of my moms show until I actually read the book. The script is the book verbatim. They left nothing out, which is why it takes so long to get through. This adaptation is my mothers favorite and I would have to agree. I have seen three other adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and all of them are great and stick to the original story very well but they run the normal hour and a half- two hours and unfortunately cut or condense a lot of the senses. But each is different and worth watching if you are a fan of the romance between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.

The movie “Bride and Prejudice” is Bollywood, not Hollywood. It takes the plot and the characters and puts them in India. The only character with the same name is Darcy. Everyone else has Indian names but the dynamics of the characters and the way that they behave makes it obvious who they are in relation to the novel. Regardless of the changes, the themes that make Pride and Prejudice a classic still resonate throughout the film.  The bright vibrant colors, music and dance scenes are very Bollywood but still hold the essence of the the original. While this edition isn’t as well known, I find it fun and a refreshing change from the traditional representations of Elizabeth and Darcy.

be05d9122977de4b8865af580ec7adecNow for the most popular edition of Pride and Prejudice. The 2005 Kira Knightly version. This is what most people in my generation think of when they want to watch “Pride and Prejudice”. This movie absolutely does the book justice and so many people prefer watching this over any other version of the movie. The emotions that the actors exude are felt wholeheartedly by the audience and the music just adds to the effect. While the ending of the BBC edition and this 2005 edition are different. This particular ending is much more dramatic and somewhat more satisfactory that they meet each other in a field instead of just talking to Elizabeth’s father and then going to the church. So many people either only know of this adaptation or like it so much that any images or meme about Pride and Prejudice are almost always about this version. Link here so see all of the fan art or memes.

One version of Pride and Prejudice that I have been aware of for years but never indulged was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I’ve walked passed this book at Barnes and Noble countless times and never had any interest in picking it up or learning about it. When they made a movie about it however, it became clear that people have not only read the book, but liked it enough for them to make it into a film. It turns out that the co-author as you could call him, Seth Grahame-Smith, took Jane Austins novel and added Zombies. c43712bf6385b3efd6d18a43091e65a7He kept a lot of the lines from the original but had to adjust a few things here and there to make it that the zombie apocalypse has occurred and the Bennett sisters fight them. An interesting twist and one that my friend just had to see in theaters, dragging me along. I’ll admit it does stick to most of the scenes and themes that the original contains, like the fight scene between Elizabeth and Darcy about his attitude and proposal, Kitty running after Wickham all while they are fighting for survival and killing zombies. This adaptation really updates the idea of women trying to find husbands. It allows them to become powerful and able to rescue themselves from danger.

While I think the concept of adding zombies is ridiculous, a lot of people found the book witty and charismatic and the movie lacking.  Here is a link to one review of the film. It seems that the focus on the fight scenes and the gore didn’t win over the public. Personally I am not surprised. I’m rooted in my beliefs that the books will always be better than the movies. However, I think that Pride and Prejudice is such a popular film adaptation because of all of the great lines and themes it holds, stands the test of time. I would highly recommend everyone to read the book first but then to go watch all of the versions in movie form.