Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I had read this a couple of times, liked it OK, but never understood what the fuss was about until I saw the play at the Guthrie. What I had missed was how FUNNY it is. The dad, Mr. Bennett, in particular is incredibly sarcastic and everyone is just totally absurd. When you read this, don't be thinking of it as some "highbrow classic." Think of it as a sit-com on the Disney channel. Really picture how incredilby silly everyone is. How they overreact and get into the most OBVIOUS misunderstandings. And, of course, there is a happy ending! (Watching a film version might help, if it is one that doesn't take itself seriously, but I can't recommend any since I haven't seen any.)  

Then go read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It nails it.