pride and prejudice
Entertainment's obsession with the bad boy brings those of us who are looking for a thrill to try, at least once, to dance with the devil. It makes us settle for the worst, look for challenges in guys who smell like danger rather than in those who can give us a good time without hurting us.
Nowadays men dressing for a night on the town may still wear a smart shirt, but it is likely to be untucked and open at the collar. In fact, dress codes have relaxed so much, it can now be acceptable for the modern male to work tie-less or in short-sleeved shirts - all without the covering of a waistcoat or jacket.
Long before Aidan Turner titillated his fanbase with his bare-chested scything on 'Poldark', even longer before Ben Batt
Notting Hill Bookshop: 'Notting Hill' Lightening might strike twice, and you could find the love of your life strolling around
Why, then, is it so impossible for an ugly female protagonist to exist in our culture? Why must 14-year-old Hermione Granger have a Cinderella moment at the Yule Ball, when she has so many other qualities to recommend her?
Having lived in Claremont, California for four months now, I find it easy to be "stuck" in our comfortable "Claremont bubble
I pity anyone out there who happened to come across the BBC's serialisation of Death Comes to Pemberley without first having read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's great novel 'Pride and Prejudice', in cinemas next Friday 27 September we'll have
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Colin Firth's eye-popping lake scene from 'Pride And Prejudice' has been brought to life once again - with a giant statue