'Pride and Prejudice' 200th Anniversary

ABC's David Wright takes a look at the ongoing popularity of Mr. Darcy, Jane Austen's leading man.
1:44 | 01/29/13

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And finally tonight, it is the 200-year anniversary of a book that cracked a vital code. The eternal secret of how a man can be irresistible to women. And our very own david wright opens the vault and the book and steps inside. Reporter: The scene where mr. Darcy takes the plunge fully clothed -- mr. Darcy! Reporter: That scene has 3 million views on youtube, the most popular "pride and prejudice" clip by far. It's all full of sex that's about to explode on us all. Reporter: As a british sex symbol, mr. Darcy is the opposite of james bond, rarely shaken or stirred. Whether it's lawrence olivier or colin firth -- my affections and wishes are unchanged. Reporter: -- He is the thinking woman's heartthrob. When I was about to play the part, everybody I knew was horrified and astonished. Women I knew said, "don't! You'll ruin it forever!" Reporter: No chance of that. There's now the bollywood version, "bride and prejudice," the zombie version and on the internet -- my name is lizzy bennett -- Reporter: A version where mr. Darcy maintains a twitter feed. Tonight, we're in pasadena. Southern california could not be more different from the world of jane austen and peopmberly. But here, everyone is dressing the part. As one woman put it, this is the jane austen equivalent of a "star trek" convention. Who knew? What is it about mr. Darcy? I don't get it. You don't get it? Well, you're a man. That's why. He admits when he's wrong, but he's strong in his opinion, and he's described as being pretty darn handsome. Reporter: The courage to dance. David wright, abc news, pasadena. Come back to earth, david. Thank you for watching. We are always working for you at

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