Thursday, May 2, 2013

Best Of: Defending Susannah Harker's Jane Bennet

This is an ongoing topic among all fans of Pride and Prejudice (whether they be fans of the newer version with Keira Knightley or the older version with Colin Firth). The debate: whether or not Susannah Harker was a good/pretty Jane Bennet. Here is my take on the topic:

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There are countless comparisons between Pride and Prejudice 1995 and 2005 (I myself have only seen half of the 2005 movie). But there is something that fans of both the 1995 and 2005 versions of Pride and Prejudice commonly say...

Susannah Harker is not pretty like Jane Bennet is supposed to be.

Either that or some say that Rosamund Pike looked more like the Jane Bennet they pictured while reading Pride and Prejudice. Now, don't get me wrong: I like Rosamund Pike... Not necessarily her Jane Bennet, but I did like her as Lady Harriet Cumnor in Wives and Daughters. But between Susannah Harker and Rosamund Pike as Jane Bennet, based on looks I think that Susannah Harker was a better/more accurate Jane Bennet.

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 God Bless,
God Bless, Miss Elizabeth Bennet

1 comment:

  1. I think we need to step back from what 'our' society thinks of as 'pretty' and realize that the early 19th century version of 'pretty' is completely different.

    I thought that her casting was perfect, as she embodies the physicality of the "Grecian" appearance these women tried to emulate. From her head, neck, shoulders, fair hair and skin, I feel this actress is exactly what that society would have viewed as beautiful...not merely pretty.


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