I had a hard time seeing Edward as a hero in the story, or even as a main character. He was in a chapter or two at the beginning, and all of a sudden, Elinor was in love with him. Then he was back towards the middle, but was revealed to be engaged to Lucy. Then he comes sweeping in at the end, and they get married. It was puzzling to say the least! :)
Willoughby gets my vote for the most exciting entrance as a character! I can see him carrying Marianne into her house, coat billowing behind him.... wow! Of course, he reveals himself to be a selfish scoundrel in the end, but his beginning was exciting! :)
I enjoyed the relationship between the sisters in this book as much as Pride and Prejudice, however, I think the characters of Marianne and Elinor were more true to life than Jane and Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice (or perhaps I've just never had the pleasure of knowing anyone as good and kind as Jane!). Marianne and Elinor each had their faults, but they seemed to grow quite a bit by the end of the story, especially Marianne. Granted, Marianne was only 16 in this story, and 16 year olds can have a tendency to think they have all the answers (speaking of course from my own experience as a 16 year old! LOL). Only time and experience bring the maturity to change that!
In the end, I was very happy to know that Marianne and Colonel Brandon ended up together! He was my favorite character! I'm glad Elinor is happy with Edward, though I would have liked to see more interaction between them. I just didn't feel anything for their relationship.
And I was proud of myself because this book was much easier for me to read! I think it's a great example of how the more you read classic literature, the better you get at it! So even though it's hard at first, we all need to persevere! We can do it!