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We all love Pride and Prejudice, and one list just wasn’t enough. Has anything been more embraced? More memed? There’s just something about this book. And don’t get me started on the movies. That’s controversy I don’t need. Though there are probably an endless number of god tier Pride and Prejudice memes, but I’m only human, so here are five.
He’s a Smooth Man
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He has to know he has no idea how to small talk. Has he met himself? Has he even seen the show? He was like, you know what I need? To endear myself to this woman. What are my most charming skills? Oh, I know, saying absolutely nothing and being nice. What could be better than mixing them? Nice house, also I’m in love with you. I guess at least he’s being positive for once.
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Poor Elizabeth’s expression just communicates so much. Am I mad though? It’s true, her mom is a terrifying person whose energy is hard to deal with, but she does care. A lot. Too much. It’s INCURABLE. Obviously Elizabeth didn’t want Darcy to talk shit about her mum, but wasn’t he kind of right? It’s like she makes peace with her mother’s eccentricity just out of spite. What an icon.
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Oh, sure, it’s accurate, but it’s so short and simple! Mr. Collins would never be so to the point. He would just max out the word limit and then talk to customer service to see if he could write more. He didn’t even mention Catherine de Berg once. It could never happen. Please, though? I confess, I don’t remember if he begged, but it feels perfectly accurate.
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Just reacting the way any functioning adult would to the presence of their crush. Just mentally yelling at yourself to be cool, and covering your entire face. All his mystery and mystique is just the the panic of an absolute nerd. This man is doing his absolute best, and I think that’s admirable. Sure, he’s failing catastrophically, but he’s trying. I think we can all relate.
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To be real, if someone confessed their adoration to me, I’d turn into Gonzo too. Me? My me? There’s also the element of outrageous insults leading into it. Nothing like getting mad at your nemesis insulting people you care about, and then they beg you to marry them. There might be weirder situations, but I don’t know what they could possibly be.
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There are so many spectacular Jane Austen quotes it’s hard to choose just three, but they’re not all just deep or wise or about marriage and life (or at least, not only those things). Some of them are actually the sickest burns I’ve ever seen in my life.
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That is an incredibly metal way to talk about someone who died at sea. My god. Austen doesn’t get enough credit for totally demolishing people. These are not just cozy period pieces. Things get REAL. This is only like half the quote, too. She reads this guy straight through six feet and a coffin. He might not be good for much, but at least we got this devastating burn out of it.
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What’s that Mr. Darcy? I don’t seem to understand you. Get rekt. Elizabeth is actually pretty polite. At least compared to Anne. I’m not sure there’s any outdoing her. Elizabeth is scathing though, and whatever she lacks in outright insults she certainly makes up for in getting her point across. There are many ways to offend.
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Be smug, readers. I guess this isn’t THAT bold of a statement, since people who DON’T enjoy novels aren’t likely to be reading Austen, but it’s also really extreme. “Intolerably stupid?” I mean, it’s not like I’m saying she’s completely wrong. I’m just saying. Those are READERS, Jane. Something something character development. If you didn’t like Northanger Abbey I guess this is why.
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Pride and Prejudice has plenty of iconic moments, especially between Elizabeth and Darcy. Their interest, hostility, and insults make for some of the book’s best scenes, and between movie adaptations and the staples of the art form, they’ve also generated a lot of quality memes.
When her family shows a lack of propriety:
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We’ve all experienced conflicted feelings, but just maybe not on this level. Your family sucks! Marry me! Figure yourself out, man. He’s kind of a mess, but who isn’t? Anyway, it’s one of the things we love about him.
When people just don’t get you:
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Classic Darcy. Of course, he does grow as a person, but damned if he isn’t pretty sure of himself in the beginning. The man’s too cool to dance at a wedding. Then again, Elizabeth might judge the things he says, and rightly so, but it’s not like she was dancing either.
When someone is just…. SO wrong:
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Our Elizabeth is a busy woman, with plenty of hobbies and plenty of suitors to reject, but sometimes correcting people has to take priority. We’ve all been there, and he probably said he doesn’t like the oxford comma too.
When your nemesis confesses their love:
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Love? In this guy’s heart? It’s more likely than you think. No one sees it coming though, and certainly not Elizabeth. Of course, our girl isn’t down for long, and her rejection is maybe the most brutal and specific in literary history, but for a second there she’s just… who?
When you didn’t notice something for a really long time:
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We can all be a bit oblivious sometimes. Maybe not “fail to notice when someone’s in love with us” oblivious, but you know. Besides, Darcy’s so contrary all the time, could anyone tell how he felt? The man is his own worst enemy.
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