Welcome to Micro Bookends 1.24. Something genteel for you this week. Have fun.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
If that’s not the best opening line of a novel then I don’t know what is. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was first published in 1813. It tells the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr Bingly moves into the area bringing with him his snobbish sisters and his surly friend, Mr Darcy. There are no reliable sales figures for the book, but it is thought to have sold over 20 million copies. In a 2003 BBC survey, Pride and Prejudice was voted the second most beloved book in the UK behind Lord of the Rings.
There have been many TV and film adaptations of Pride and Prejudice (my personal favourite being the 1995 BBC adaptation starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth: no one does period dramas like the BBC) including the 2005 Joe Wright movie starring Academy Award nominee, Keira Knightley, who celebrates her big three-o today. Keira was born into an acting family and has been acting since she was six years old. Her incredibly thin figure has been blamed on an eating disorder, a claim she has refuted. She agreed to appear topless in an edition of Interview so long as the images were not Photoshopped in an attempt to highlight how
women’s bodies are a battleground and photography is partly to blame.
Let’s wish Ms Knightley a very happy birthday with this week’s photo prompt:
A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with PRIDE and ending with PREJUDICE and incorporating the photo prompt.
Anyone, but especially you!
Why not! Because it’s fun. Because it’s a challenge. Because the winner will receive their own winner’s page, their story on the winning stories list, a ‘who is the the author’ feature to be posted next week, entry into the ‘Micro Bookend of the Year’ competition, and a copy of this year’s winning stories compilation.
Now! Get your entry in BEFORE 5:00 am Friday (UK time: http://time.is/London).
Post your story in the comments section. Include the word count and your Twitter username (if you’re Twitterized). Don’t forget to read the full rules before submitting your story.
Please give your story a title. It will not be included in the word count.
Please try to leave comments on a couple of other stories. It’s all part of the fun, and everyone likes feedback!
Remember, only stories that use the bookends exactly as supplied (punctuation is allowed) will be eligible to win.