LONDON (AFP) - Jane Austen's "Pride And Prejudice" topped a poll of Britons' 100 favourite books released Thursday, indicating that classic novels are still most people's idea of a good read ahead of modern offerings.My favorite film adaptation is the 2005 version.
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In the rendering of "Pride and Prejudice", actor Colin Firth won the hearts of millions of British women with his portrait of Mr Darcy, including a notorious scene in which he emerged from a lake in a wet shirt.
The 1813 novel has also been filmed for the cinema several times, the most recent being a 2005 version with Keira Knightley and Donald Sutherland, and a Bollywood make-over in "Bride And Prejudice", starring Aishwarya Rai.
Its opening sentence, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife," is one of the most famous in English literature.
Also on the list are a number of my other favorites: Rowling's Harry Potter, Tolkien's LOTR, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Jane Eyreby Charlotte Bronte, Shakespeare's Complete Works, and, of course, the Bible.
Go read Pride and Prejudice!