In need of some lighter fare after some longer, heavier classic novels, we decided to pick up "The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde" for some lighthearted reprieve. We watched the 2002 movie with Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth and it is pretty faithful to the book and keeps a lot of the dialogue word for word, which is great! The play is written so perfectly that tampering with it too much would ruin it. We liked the film format for this especially because it is a play, which means it's meant to be watched, and the dialogue and quips flow so well on screen.
It took me a few pages to get into reading this play. Once I got into it though, I was immersed in the scenes and characters, which is the way to enjoy a play when reading it. This is my first Oscar Wilde read, and admittedly, it took me a bit to get the humor, understandably labeled a trivial comedy for serious people. I read a few Spark Notes on it as I did in college for better insight, and found myself enjoying it so much more, even laughing out loud. Oscar Wilde's humor is sarcastic and wildly hilarious when you pick up on it. It's a unique humor to see written for its time, but even for books in general. I look forward to reading the additional plays in the book and other words by Wilde.
I've loved this play since high school and have read it four or five times now. It's the book I recommend to people who think classic novels are universally dull and hard to read. Wilde is truly a genius and this is a sharp, witty comedy critiquing Victorian society. Honestly it's just such a ridiculously charming rom-com in all it's absurd, outrageous glory, with clever sass and zingers galore. The witty banter is truly laugh out loud hilarious and the whole play is just bright, easy fun. I highly recommend reading this if you haven't, it's short and easy and just so smart!