Okay, I admit, I haven't read Pride & Prejudice. Yet. (Barnes & Noble has sent it and it should be arriving shortly.) But I've seen the 2005 film adaption with Kiera Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy enough times to know that I know what I'm talking about.
And let's face it; without Pride & Prejudice there would be no Twilight.
Sorry twihards and baby-boom mothers. Instead of picking up a book about sexual repression and vegetarian vampires that sparkle (Oh yeah, totally masculine, and on top of that, the werewolves can't take a hint.), why not pick up classic literature that might actually teach you about healthy relationships between boys and girls?
I'll admit, I was like you. (Actually, I never liked the Twilight series; my friends and I were yelling at the stupidity of the characters the entire time, and when we realized we had to read through Jacob's point of view, I almost threw my book against my wall. Almost. Because it wasn't my wall's fault that Stephanie Meyer can't write. But I digress.) But that gets old. Seriously.
And Moms. Shame on you for letting your kid pine for relationships like these! A vampire who stares at his girlfriend while she's asleep, even going to the point of preventing her from leaving the house. "Oh, but he's protecting me!" Yeah, Bella is really someone I want my future daughter to look up to. Or my cousins, for that matter.
Mr. Darcy is a gentleman who knows how to take care of a woman without having to take off his shirt to do so. He gets protective but allows the woman to make up her own mind about a certain situation (I'm looking at you, Wickham!) Plus, he's ruggedly handsome, someone you look at more because there's something interesting about his face. And Elizabeth Bennet is relatable because she has faults and she has regrets, but they make her more endearing. And she actually owns up to them. Oh, and she doesn't need a man to make her happy.
So screw you Edward Cullen, and Jacob Back for that matter. Because I might not have read Pride & Prejudice. Yet. But I don't need to in order to figure out that Mr. Darcy is more of a man than you will ever be.