Some of the most popular and well-known heroines of literature are the outspoken troublemakers. Think Scarlett O'Hara, Anne of Green Gables, Emma Woodhouse, Becky Sharpe or Lady Macbeth. And then there are the wallflowers.
Both globetrotters and entertainment critics alike will agree that Europe sets the stage for some of the world's greatest adventures, from Greece in Mamma Mia to France in Les Misérables. What film will inspire your next holiday?
Anna Karenina, one of last year's most talked-about productions, is a product of a longstanding friendship between a director and his muse. The relationship between Knightley and Wright harks back to that 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Then came 2007's Atonement.
As bookshelves (and e-readers) continue to groan with knock-offs of Seth Grahame-Smith's knock-off, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, it seems worth asking: are zombies and ninjas the only way to make the novels of previous centuries relevant again?
The stars of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries YouTube phenomenon -- Ashley Clements (Lizzie Bennet) and Daniel Vincent Gordh (William Darcy) -- join What's Trending to answer fan questions about the webcam adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
In Pride and Prejudice, the reward for meticulous critical scrutiny is self-consciousness, intellectual expansion and moral growth. Long before the invention of fMRIs, Jane Austen knew that close reading was good for the brain... and for the soul.
There is something comforting about looking at bookshelves filled with volumes that you have read. And there is no feeling worse than when the shelves are full and you have to throw out or donate some of the books.