Classic Love Stories Brought to the Big Screen.

Jenna Blum, Opinion Editorial

Some people say romance is dead, but these movies may help you feel the love in the air. Classic novels are something not many people read nowadays, but these famous novels have been made into movies, which  may help you become interested in reading them (or may just help you feel the love!) 

First up is “Pride and Prejudice” originally written by Jane Austen. Jane Austen was a very well-known author mostly known for her romance novels focusing on women and their journeys to independence. In my opinion, the movie is just as good as the book, which sometimes is not the case. The movie, starring Kiera Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet and Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy, is a worldwide favorite even today (just like the book) even though it was filmed 17 years ago. “Pride and Prejudice” is probably one of my favorite movies that I continue to rewatch every so often. The movie follows the life of Elizabeth Bennet. She is the oldest of five and is under the pressure of her parents hounding her to marry. When she meets the handsome and rich Mr. Darcy, sparks fly. But can she handle his way of life? 

Next up is “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë. “Wuthering Heights” is about two families, the Earnshaws and the Lintons, who live on the West Yorkshire moors.  The Earnshaw head-of-household spoils his adopted son, Heathcliff while treating his own children poorly, and then Heathcliff and his step-sister, Catherine, eventually fall in love. Emily Bronte is a personal favorite known for her Gothic romance style of writing. There are multiple movies inspired by the novel, the more accurate one to the novel was produced in 1992. The other one, only available on youtube movies, was made in 2011 and stars Kaya Scodelario and James Howson. 

“Jane Eyre” was also written by a Brontë, but this time, Charlotte Bronte, who is actually the sister of Emily Brontë. The story follows Jane, a seemingly plain and simple girl, and Jane’s struggles through life– her poverty, her abusive aunt, her love for Mr. Rochester, and her obsession with Mr. Rochester’s mysterious marriage. The novel is through the first person (Jane) point of view. Jane narrates through 10 years of her life. Throughout 10 years of her life we see her grow up in a way such as finding happiness and love. Starting out as an unloved orphan to a happy wife. The movie, made in 2011, stars Mia Wasikowska, most known for her role as Alice in the “Alice in Wonderland” franchise, and Michael Fassbender, who is most known for his role as Magneto in the “X-men” franchise, his role in “12 Days A Slave”. In the movie, I believe Mia looks like how I imagined Jane to look.  Just like her sister, Charlotte Brontë also took the darker route with this book, which leaves the reader feeling an entire host of emotions rather than just one.  

If you enjoy the movies, you should definitely read the novels. You may even enjoy them better than the movies!