How Darcy-mania actually took hold in the hearts of many – Edexlive
If you know what Darcy-mania is, you may be familiar with the importance of the date September 24, 1995. The day was made auspicious by the broadcast of the six-part series on the BBC Pride and Prejudice. Yes, it’s the same novel that writer Jane Austen is best known for and no, we can never get enough of it no matter how many times it’s adapted. Also girls, if you’ve always thought of actor Colin Firth as William Darcy, the male protagonist of the book and the show, then this is where it all started.
The last episode of this particularly popular series alone has been watched by ten million people. How’s that for a testament to his mania? Did you know it was this series that inspired Helen Fielding to write Bridget Jones Diary, another immensely popular book that has been turned into a movie starring (gasping) Colin Firth AKA Darcy himself!
Oh, the costumes and the set and everything has us, and frankly, a lot of others, passing us out. This is the magic of Pride and Prejudice. Throughout its entirety, the series has remained true to its source and yet, it still had its moments. To call this series a cultural phenomenon would be to describe it correctly. And no matter how many adaptations come and go, this one will remain a gem. This is not just telling us elsewhere. In conclusion, we leave you with these wise words from Professor Deborah Cartmell of DeMontford University, the author of Jane Austen’s pride and prejudice: the relationship between text and screen, who said this in a BBC interview – “It’s almost usurped the original novel in the public’s mind.”