Category Archives: Film Adaptations

Jane Austen Adaptations: My Fantasy Cast (I)

Jane Austen Adaptations: My Fantasy Cast (I)

The latest film adaptation of a Jane Austen novel, the unfinished Sanditon, will air very soon. No doubt, a crucial element to ensure its success will be the cast. So far, in the short trailer at least, the choice of actors looks promising. Unfortunately that is not always the case, and casting mistakes often abound… more goodness …

People of Colour in the Time of Austen

People of Colour in the Time of Austen

Last week, Twitter blew up rather when some more casting for the Bridgerton series was announced and – shock, horror! – not all of the actors were white. For those of you who don’t know about the Bridgerton series, it’s a TV series based on the Bridgerton novels by Julia Quinn. Produced by Shonda Rhimes,… more goodness …

Another Look at ‘Pride and Prejudice’

Another Look at ‘Pride and Prejudice’

I’ve seen most of the television and movie productions of Pride and Prejudice. I’ve enjoyed almost all of them. Like most people, my favorite is probably the 1995 television production with Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet and Colin Firth as Darcy. The reason has as much to do with the length—it is a six-hour miniseries—as… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Sense and Sensibility (1971)

Top 10 Goofs in Sense and Sensibility (1971)

This is the final goofs post for the Sense and Sensibility series with the trivia challenge for this version in four weeks. I considered covering a modern adaptation, Scents and Sensibility, but ruled it out after watching it. In my opinion, that film was one big goof, starting with the title itself, which has no… more goodness …

The Houses in Pride and Prejudice 2005

The Houses in Pride and Prejudice 2005

YouTube has some interesting videos in regard to the BBC series of Pride and Prejudice and the 2005 movie that I thought you all might enjoy. This post will concentrate on the 2005 movie because I liked Joe Wright’s reasons for choosing these particular homes. In another post, I’ll concentrate on the BBC version. Burghley… more goodness …

Sense and Sensibility (1981) Trivia Challenge

Sense and Sensibility (1981) Trivia Challenge

Research for the Trivia Challenge questions on these posts is often a source of entertainment, but sometimes on older versions, as with this adaptation, there is precious little information online. That is when I have to get creative. Some of today’s trivia questions are on the edges of connection to the series itself. When I… more goodness …

Which Bad Boy is Wrong for You?

Which Bad Boy is Wrong for You?

I’ve been thinking a lot about Jane Austen’s bad boys lately–Wickham, Willoughby, Churchill, et al.–and, as I’ve studied each one, I’m more impressed than ever with Austen’s ability to develop her characters. Each of these male characters brought out the strengths and weaknesses of the main characters in an ingenious manner. The books would not… more goodness …

Mr. Darcy: A Man with a Plan

Mr. Darcy: A Man with a Plan

There are two scenes in the 1995 BBC production of “Pride and Prejudice” that have always captured my imagination. Neither scene appears in Jane Austen’s original novel, or in any other movie or TV adaptation. They’re very short transition scenes that occur back-to-back late in the film. Both scenes take place at Pemberley. Elizabeth Bennet… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Sense and Sensibility (1981)

Top 10 Goofs in Sense and Sensibility (1981)

Austen adaptations from the 1970s and ’80s are a fascinating study. The interior shots are invariably done in sets with lighting that creates inappropriate shadows–bad photoshops have made me particularly sensitive to those–and the production values tend to be a bit laxer all around. I speculate that the people who created these period series had… more goodness …

Sense and Sensibility (2008) Trivia Challenge

Sense and Sensibility (2008) Trivia Challenge

When making Sense and Sensibility in 2008, Andrew Davies knew the bar of excellence was high. Ang Lee’s 1995 film was beloved, with stellar performances and breathtaking cinematography. There was also his 1995 series of Pride and Prejudice, which meant the expectations for him to deliver an adaptation that would be of the same par.… more goodness …

Discovering Eleanor Tilney – Austen Foils Part III

Discovering Eleanor Tilney – Austen Foils Part III

“Northanger Abbey” was the first novel Jane Austen completed in 1803. However, it was not published until after her death in 1817. The main character is Catherine Moreland, a young girl from a small town. From association with her wealthy neighbors the Allen’s, she is invited to Bath to partake in the winter season. There,… more goodness …