Thursday, December 5, 2013

Austen Dudes: Charles Bingley

I'm in a bit of a rush so you will just get a short post on Bingley. I finished Mansfield Park yesterday and started on Tale of Two Cities. Because I've decided I just can't read two books at once, I'm going to take a short break from Austen for the first few weeks of December, and then hopefully return to Emma and Persuasion before the year ends.
Bingley is not a main hero, but I thought he deserved a post anyway.

Bingley (from Pride and Prejudice) is a cheery sort of fellow, one that seems good to have at parties.

(see post script)
I really do rather like him - he's kind and pleasant and funny and upbeat.
There's just one flaw, and that is his humility (which is technically a virtue, but...).

He is so humble and disregards his own opinion so much that he has become rather guided by the whims of his friend (Darcy). I personally would not want to marry him because I wouldn't like a husband who was so much influenced by everyone.

But I would totally love to have him as a friend. We'd have parties ALL THE TIME.

Fun stuff.


My other Austen Dude posts:
~Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey
~Edward Ferrars (and a nod to Colonel Brandon) from Sense and Sensibility
~Fitzwiliam Darcy  from Pride and Prejudice

Post Script: The gif is from the miniseries Lost in Austen which I vehemently DO NOT recommend. Do not watch it unless you are passive about having the books you loved flipped inside out and your beloved characters messed with.


  1. So, I was skimming through your "Austen Dudes" section, and I noticed that you mentioned "Lost in Austen" in your PS after Mr Bingley. I actually liked Lost in Austen quite a lot and have the full set at home... I enjoyed having such a thoroughly weird, modern approach to P&P... that being said, I prefer the original version of the story, of course! :) (P.S. Bingley's pretty cool, so it's nice that you wrote about him, even though he's not a main character.)

    1. Really? For some reason I really hated it. It bugged me SO MUCH. But I guess that's just me. And I'm not against all modifications of classics (I obviously ADORE Sherlock...) but Lost In Austen just somehow didn't do it for me. I think I get bugged when someone sticks a modern-day character into a world that was created by a great classic author, and the awkwardness produced just makes me feel uncomfortable. But I guess that's the point of it all, isn't it?
      Anyway, I liked the part with Lizzy in modern-London much better!
      My weird pet peeves with book adaptations... :-P


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