Some people like Pride and Prejudice for its literary value. Some people just love Mr. Darcy. And some people loooooooooooooooooove Mr. Darcy so much that they role-play the Jane Austen novel and will die alone because no man compares (or die with just their cat named Mr. Darcy).
For the latter two groups, big (BIG) news: There is a 12-foot statue of Mr. Darcy emerging, dripping wet, from the water in the Serpentine Lake at Hyde Park in London. Like a sexy-ass Loch Ness Monster.
For the people who never read Pride and Prejudice, not even the Cliff Notes, but who watched the movie once, good news: The statue is modeled after Colin Firth in the 1995 mini-series (as opposed to Matthew Macfadyen in the 2005 Keira Knightley adaptation. No statue for you, Matt Macfadyen!).
The giant Mr. Darcy effigy is meant to celebrate the launch of the U.K.'s brand new TV channel, Drama. The iconic scene won a poll that declared it the most memorable moment in the history of British dramas.
It's made of fiberglass and took three sculptors over two months to create it. According to Time Out London, the statue will go on a tour before becoming a permanent installment in Lyme Park in Cheshire.
Hopefully, Mr. Darcy will be heavily guarded on this tour. Otherwise, however many years down the road, we may encounter the headline, "Austen-Crazed Woman Dies Alone With 12 Foot Stolen Statue of Mr. Darcy."