My mom and I were discussing OTPs today and she was trying to come up with her three favorites. This was what she finally concluded:
Ron and Hermione from Harry Potter
Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice
Han Solo and Princess Leia from Star Wars

And then she realized Han and Leia are from a movie, not a book, and I told her it didn’t matter but she said she had some “serious thinking” to do and would text me later with a third couple from a book.

The Mr. Darcy Fantasy isn’t based in what it’s usually made out to be based in

The fantasy isn’t that a brooding “tall, dark and handsome” man will come and swoop you of your feet. 

Darcy changes for Elizabeth. She rejects him, she stands up to him, she insults him in a magnitude of ways, both warranted and not, and he takes all of that, and he reflects on it, and he changes his behavior. He tries to be better. Because he respects Elizabeth and he finds her opinion valuable. 

Think about it. A usual response, both back then and today, would be to dismiss Elizabeth as a “crazy bitch.” He doesn’t do that at all, no, he takes valid criticism found among misunderstandings and takes it to heart. 

The Mr. Darcy Fantasy is a fantasy about being respected and having your opinion be valued very highly. 

The Mr. Darcy Fantasy is that a man would be willing to change his behavior just to be worthy of you. 

similarities between me and fitzwilliam darcy
  • can’t make small talk
  • uncomfortable talking to people I don’t already know
  • will stand in corners at parties looking annoyed
  • hates dancing
  • hates people
  • will fight people who hurt people I like
  • 300% better at communicating through written word than talking
  • basically a socially inept nerd
  • will stare at crush for uncomfortable amount of time
  • loves elizabeth bennet

Book nerds, if ever there was a time to rejoice, THIS IS IT, for Lila Selle and Steffi Lynn have combined their limitless talents to bring you a LITERATURE-LOVER’S DREAM. @lilabeanz (who gave you Hogwarts heartthrobs as you’ve never seen them before) updated your fave famous characters (uh, Romeo with a man bun? YUS PLEASE), and @steffilynnt (our resident Queen of Cute) added her trademark LE-GORGEOUS typography to create these VISUAL MASTERPIECES. Click through to swoon over them all!

Boys in my high school literature class: “Jane Austen books are just love stories.” No.  Jane Austen books are about powerless women, in utterly sexist, hideous times, trying to negotiate their way around class politics and hopefully ending up married to a man they, actually, you know, LOVE.

“That moment in 2005′s Pride and Prejudice when Elizabeth and Darcy are arguing in the rain and both their chests are heaving and with every word they’re moving closer and closer together and Elizabeth shouts “You’re the last man in the world I would ever be prevailed upon to marry!” and she’s like six inches away from Darcy and even though he’s completely crushed he looks at her lips and tilts his head slightly and she catches her breath and her mouth sort of drops open a little like GOD DAMN IT JUST KISS ALREADY” - @bethofbells (original post)