Category Archives: Movies & TV

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 …

Sense and Sensibility (1971) Trivia Challenge

Sense and Sensibility (1971) Trivia Challenge

Locating trivia facts on this particular adaptation has proven more challenging than I expected. Considering the plethora of trivia I found on the 1941 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, I can’t blame this scarcity entirely on the age of the television series, but I’m sure that part of it is due to the era in… 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 …

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 …

On Handsome – and Not so Handsome – Leading Men in Jane Austen’s Novels

On Handsome – and Not so Handsome – Leading Men in Jane Austen’s Novels

I finally got around watching the 2008 Sense and Sensibility BBC adaptation. It is beautifully shot, with stunning locations, a historically accurate wardrobe and a very competent cast. I wasn’t too fond of the script or direction at times, but I liked the two central characters, Elinor and Marianne. I was particularly pleased to see… more goodness …