Category Archives: Film Adaptations

Top 10 Goofs in Mansfield Park (1983)

Top 10 Goofs in Mansfield Park (1983)

Mansfield Park is easily the most challenging of Austen’s novels to adapt to the screen. The character arc of the quiet and reserved protagonist, Fanny Price, is nuanced and internal. She already owns an “infallible moral compass,” and it is the revelatory arcs of the people around her that give the plot its momentum. It… more goodness …

Mansfield Park (2007) Trivia Challenge

Mansfield Park (2007) Trivia Challenge

In the 2007 ITV television adaptation of Mansfield Park, Fanny Price is punished for rejecting Henry Crawford, not with a trip to Portsmouth as in canon, but with social isolation. Being an introvert myself, my initial opinion of this was that Fanny, an introvert, would not be particularly troubled by this. Left behind for three… more goodness …

Enscombe and the Churchills. What Frank had to endure. Excerpt.

Enscombe and the Churchills. What Frank had to endure. Excerpt.

Nobody has much time for Frank Churchill, and little wonder. He comes across in the novel and various film adaptations as selfish and unreliable. He uses people to serve his own ends, flirting with Emma, and patronising his father and step-mother. He is deceitful and duplicitous. Mr Knightley doesn’t like him and that counts for… more goodness …

Streaming the new Pride and Prejudice musical

Streaming the new Pride and Prejudice musical

It is a time to count blessings. I am fortunate to have an abundance. The lockdown has provided my family and I with hitherto unfathomable quantities of bonding time. My husband can work almost seamlessly from home. We are not dependant on my meagre earnings, so it was an angst-free decision to not even try… more goodness …

Get Out the Popcorn. It’s Movie Time!

Enough people had commented on the two new Jane Austen adaptations earlier this year that at first I decided not to. However, lots of people are binge-watching shows during these plague weeks. The movie Emma has moved directly online, where it’s available for a fee; and the Sanditon series is still available on demand. Seems… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Mansfield Park (2007)

Top 10 Goofs in Mansfield Park (2007)

Prior to writing this post, I had only watched this version of Mansfield Park one time, about a decade ago on my local public television station.  Frankly, I haven’t felt compelled to revisit it up to now. With the vague recollection that I hadn’t been particularly impressed, I dove in, trying to keep an open… more goodness …

Jane Fairfax – so much more intriguing than Emma Woodhouse

Jane Fairfax – so much more intriguing than Emma Woodhouse

‘Emma’ has always been my favourite Jane Austen novel. I studied it in detail at school and then again at University. Imagine if ‘Persuasion’ has been on the syllabus? My Highbury Trilogy would never have been written! In it I have explored the more minor characters who have always intrigued me; Mrs Bates, her two… more goodness …

Mansfield Park (1999) Trivia Challenge

Mansfield Park (1999) Trivia Challenge

It has been twenty-one years since Patricia Rozema’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park hit the big screen. Well, sort of. Her statement on the film was that it is “not a Jane Austen film. It’s a Patricia Rozema film.” In framing it this way, she believed that the plot of Mansfield Park could be… more goodness …

The Many Visions of Jane Austen’s Emma

SPOILER ALERT: I don’t wish to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the latest film version of Emma but I discuss it in some detail below, so if you haven’t seen it yet but plan to watch it, please look away now! We have been eagerly awaiting it since the last trailer made it to YouTube. Emma.,… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Mansfield Park (1999)

Top 10 Goofs in Mansfield Park (1999)

The 1999 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park has much to recommend it, with stunning cinematography, an excellent cast, and a trimmed-down storyline with a runtime of under two hours. This was accomplished by cutting out numerous characters and subplots. Not bridging those gaps they created is also the source of three of the goofs in… more goodness …

Have You Joined Team Sidlotte?

Have You Joined Team Sidlotte?

For generations, Jane Austen’s devoted fans have loved and cherished her six major novels: Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park. But today, the Jane Austen novel that’s getting the most attention is a novel our dear author never finished writing: Sanditon. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Jane Austen… more goodness …