Pride & Prejudice??? Have You Lied about Reading It???

Pride & Prejudice Is Top Book Brits Lie About Reading

This article was originally published on Female First: Celebrity Gossip & Lifestyle Magazine.

When it comes to literary classics, Brits are a nation of book bluffers according to the latest research from the Lindeman’s Wine & Book Club, which has revealed 71% of Britons lie to their friends and family, claiming to have read books they haven’t really in order to keep face.

Fear of being perceived as stupid has been cited as the most common reason for the ‘book bluffing’ phenomenon.

Topping the bill as the most fibbed about book is Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, with over a quarter (26%)of the nation claiming to have read the book that captured the heart of millions of women.

Coming in a close second is Lord of the Rings (17%), which supports the theory that there is a tendency to lie about books that have been made into films – perhaps the secret to a bluffer’s success.

What’s more, the findings show men are more likely to bluff about the books they’ve read than their female counterparts and the reason is trying to impress a prospective partner.

Women, on the other hand are most likely to lie to a female friend or colleague, suggesting this is who they feel judged by most.

The top five books Brits claim to have read but haven’t really are:

1. ‘Pride & Prejudice’

2. ‘The Lord of the Rings’

3.  ‘Jane Eyre’

4.  ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’

5.  ‘The Hobbit’

Unfortunately, there are pitfalls to being a book bluffer, in particular not knowing the authors of the highbrow novels you’re supposed to have read.

Surprisingly (or not as the case may be) less than half (45%) of the nation recognizes Emily Bronte as the author of Wuthering Heights, commonly mistaking Charles Dickens, Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte and even Kate Bush as the master pieces creator.

As for other classics 15% of respondents thought Jane Austen wrote Jane Eyre and the Bronte sisters were most commonly mistaken as the authors of Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

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6 Responses to Pride & Prejudice??? Have You Lied about Reading It???

  1. Susan Kaye says:

    IF I were going to bother lying about what books I’ve read, it would be about the stuff that came out of the Beat generation. Cliff Notes maybe.

  2. Being an English teacher, I have SUFFERED through more than one piece that lacked merit. College profs have little taste in what constitutes good literature. LOL!!!

  3. Alex says:

    The book I’ve never read is ‘Wuthering Heights’ and I wish I had lied about that fact. I now have six copies each given me by an Emily Bronte devotee determined to rectify my ‘error’!

    • Personally, among the Bronte offerings, I prefer “Jane Eyre.” My world lit. prof. in college made us each read the “lesser” novels of some of the masters. For example, I was assigned “The Corsican Brothers” by Alexander Dumas. I would have preferred “The Count of Monte Cristo” or “The Three Musketeers.” Such is life!!!

      • Alex says:

        I love ‘Jane Eyre’ but find the voice so strong that for days afterwards I am talking and writing like Charlotte Bronte writes. You get some very funny looks!

    • Did you know that some people think of Heathcliffe as a “vampire”? The housekeeper refers to him as having vampiric qualities. After all, he does find Katherine’s grave a fascinating place to visit. LOL!!!

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