Mr Darcy is going viral! Characters in Satisfaction And Prejudice are amongst most-memed on the net, researchers say
- Characters in Jane Austen’s Satisfaction And Prejudice are changing into meme idols
- Mr Darcy has impressed a ‘cult’ of memes amongst younger folks on social media
He is lengthy been a romantic hero. Now Jane Austen’s brooding Mr Darcy has turn into a ‘meme idol’.
Web memes are typically funny captioned pictures which can be broadly shared on-line.
Cambridge University researchers have found out that characters in Austen’s 1813 novel Satisfaction And Prejudice are one of the most-memed on the net – 2d most effective to Shakespeare.
The authors of the find out about, printed within the magazine Humanities, stated memes are changing into one of the most major techniques wherein more youthful audiences uncover Austen.
The find out about discovered that Elizabeth Bennett’s romance with the tall, darkish and good-looking Mr Darcy has impressed a ‘cult’ of memes amongst younger folks on websites similar to Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr.
Actor Colin Firth pictured in personality as Mr Darcy
Georgios Chatziavgerinos, a PhD scholar at Cambridge College and one of the most find out about’s researchers, stated: ‘Plenty of authors are memed, however Austen memes have turn into a cult of their very own.
‘An entire technology of younger adults have grown up in a virtual global the place they use this kind of content material to bond over shared values.
‘Amongst vintage authors, Austen is almost definitely 2d most effective to Shakespeare relating to how a lot this occurs.’
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Famously dropped at existence through Colin Firth within the 1995 BBC sequence of Satisfaction and Prejudice and through Matthew MacFadyen within the 2005 movie, Mr Darcy’s on-screen portrayals have turn into the topic of masses of memes, consistent with the find out about.
One meme seen through authors makes use of a nonetheless from Firth’s well-known lake scene along a caption that performs at the novel’s first line: ‘A fact universally said: you both love Colin Firth as Mr Darcy, or you might be flawed.’
Any other adapts a well known meme of comedian e-book personality Wolverine staring at at a photograph body, with a close-up of the body appearing that Wolverine is admiring MacFadyen’s cherished ‘hand flex’ scene.