Books, Music

Pride and Prejudice As Told By Taylor Swift Songs

No one captures the angst of Pride and Prejudice quite like T. Swift does. What follows, then, is a trip through this classic novel by means of some of her greatest songs:

1) Mean: When Darcy insults Lizzy’s beauty at the ball

“You, with your words like knives
And swords and weapons that you use against me
You have knocked me off my feet again
Got me feeling like a nothing”

2) Enchanted: When Lizzy meets Wickham

“The playful conversation starts
Counter all your quick remarks
Like passing notes in secrecy

And it was enchanting to meet you”

3) Come Back… Be Here: When Wickham leaves without a warning

“I told myself don’t get attached,
But in my mind I play it back”

4) Tell Me Why: Lizzy towards Darcy after his botched proposal plus learning about his role in splitting up Jane and Mr. Bingley…

“You took a swing, I took it hard 
And down here from the ground I see who you are…

You tell me that you love me then you cut me down”

5) I Knew You Were Trouble: Lizzy’s feelings about Wickham

“Once upon a time a few mistakes ago
I was in your sights, you got me alone
You found me, you found me, you found me”

6) Girl At Home: When Wickham tries to hit on Lizzy again after he had just been hitting on some rich girl

“So don’t look at me,
You’ve got a girl at home,
And everybody knows that,
Everybody knows that”

7) I Almost Do: When Lizzy starts to want Darcy

“And I wish I could run to you.
And I hope you know that every time I don’t
I almost do”

8) I Wish You Would: Lizzy’s feelings toward Darcy right before they finally become engaged

“I wish you would come back,
Wish I never hung up the phone like I did.
And I wish you knew that I’ll never forget you as long as I live.
And I wish you were right here, right now, it’s all good.
I wish you would”

Are there other songs of hers (or even of another artist) that make you think of a scene from Pride and Prejudice?

For more Jane Austen fun, check out Classical Music Stories: Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice Characters Sorted Into Hogwarts Houses, and Booklover Déjà Vu (Pride and Prejudice Edition).

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29 thoughts on “Pride and Prejudice As Told By Taylor Swift Songs”

  1. Wow. I love Taylor Swift and I love Pride and Prejudice. But never I could have imagined them together. It’s amazing how you connected the lines so seamlessly. Kudos 🙂

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  2. Oh my goodness I love this! I haven’t heard a few of those songs, but they fit perfectly!! My bookish soul wants to fit Bad Blood in there somewhere just because I love the song but I don’t know if it fits haha! Nah, it’s more of a Willoughby/Marianne kind of song! 😉😂 Anyway, great post! You got me laughing. 🙂

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      1. True true! I can see that. 🙂 You’re so welcome, though! And I feel you—combining two fabulous (favorite) things like music and books can only end in awesome. 😉

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  3. I think that this is amazing 🙂 Taylor’s songs combined with Pride and Prejudice?! 2 of my favourite things combined together! Taylor and books! Haha who would’ve thought this was going to be so well fitting 🙂

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