January 28 is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’. That’s 200 blissful years worth of perving on Mr Darcy (eighteen years drooling over on Colin Firth). Here are some ways you can celebrate its bicentenary. Jude Brosnan
We don’t like to be the bearers of bad news but Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Why not balance out the red enveloped rhyming slush by writing an eloquently written letter to a friend . Make it extra special by using one of Royal Mail‘s commemorative Austen stamps.
2. Watch the Playmobil version
Check out this video of the famous ‘wet Mr Darcy emerging from the lake’ scene. And we thought Playmobil was just for kids.
3. Wear Mr Darcy around your neckRather than printing off a tiny picture you’ve found on Google searching for ‘Mr Darcy’, cutting it out carefully and Pritt-Sticking it into a locket, The Hoolala Alphabet ‘D is for Darcy Pride and Prejudice Locket Charm Necklace’ actually looks pretty nice. Available at Bouf £38.
June is a long way off so ‘book tickets to see the play and pray for good weather’ might be a better name. Regents Park Open Air Theatre is showing ‘Pride and Prejudice’ from June 20 until July 20. For more details, see openairtheatre.com.
The Literary Gift Company do a poster which is composed entirely from the body text of Pride and Prejudice. This is the whole novel from start to finish. Kind of like a map but wordier.
For each Pride and Prejudice t-shirt sold, Out of Print will donate a book to a community in need through their partner Books for Africa. £27.99 from Truffle Shuffle.
Think you can do better? Maybe this Pride and Prejudice notebook will inspire you to write your masterpiece. £6.95 from Penguin Books
Run by fans for fans. You’ll get quotes, GIFs, and a lot of goss about celebs from the 2005 film. Follow @PandP2005.
Penguin released hardback editions of some of the great classics with covers designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith. Collect them all to have the most beautiful bookshelf in town. £14.99 from Penguin Books.
Choose between Colin Firth and Keira Knightley. Or go way back and watch the 1940s version starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. Hell, go all out and watch them all, then watch the Bollywood-style ‘Bride and Prejudice’!