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I have been watching Pride and Prejudice while knitting. This might be my favourite P&P adaptation.

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This is the fourth novel of the Austen Project following Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope, Northanger Abbey by Val Mc Dermid and Emma by Alexander McCall Smith. I had high hopes for this one – how could I not? Curtis Sittenfeld was the selected author. Here is the blurb … From the “wickedly entertaining” (USA Today) Curtis Sittenfeld, […]

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I have moved on to Sense and Sensibility. I forgot that I had a copy of the 1971 Sense and Sensibility, so I started with the 1981 version. Like all of these older adaptations, it is not particularly beautiful, but this one at least has outdoor scenes. It consists of 7 episodes – each 30 minutes long […]

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Northanger Abbey 2007

I continue on my Jane Austen Adaptation Festival with the latest (2007) version of Northanger Abbey – I do prefer this one to the 1987 version. First, it has high production values – beautiful to look at, secondly Andrew Davies is the screenwriter and he always manages to be reasonably faithful to the novel, but ramps up the […]

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Emma – Alexander McCall Smith

This is the third in the Austen Project. As Emma is my favourite Austen novel, I had high hopes for this adaptation. Here is the blurb … Prepare to meet a young woman who thinks she knows everything. Fresh from university, Emma Woodhouse arrives home in Norfolk ready to embark on adult life with a splash. Not […]

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This is part of the Austen Project. I’ve read Joanna Trollope’s Sense and Sensibility and the new Emma (review of that to follow later). This one is my favourite so far. Here is the blurb … Internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid has riveted millions of readers worldwide with her acutely suspenseful, psychologically complex, seamlessly plotted thrillers. In Northanger Abbey, she […]

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Persuasion 1971

I bought this adaptation at the same time as this Sense and Sensibility. Once you get past the 1970s fashion (and hairstyles) it is a great adaptation. It follows the plot of the novel closely – although some bits are left out (like little Charles’s accident and Anne missing the dinner party). There is a lot of […]

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I didn’t know about the existence of this adaptation until someone mentioned it in passing at one of our meetings. Of course I decided I must see it. This is very much ‘old school’ BBC adaptation – filmed on a sound stage with theater actors who feel that they have to act to the back […]

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Mansfield Park 2007

This is my third Mansfield Park adaptation. This one is movie length (120 minutes) like the 1999 version. As it is movie length, some things have to be left out – the trip to Sotherton and the Portsmouth scenes (instead of going to Portsmouth Fanny is left at Mansfield Park when the family go to London). Once […]

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Mansfield Park 1999

I remember when this film came out. It was very controversial and much outrage. I didn’t like it the first time I saw it. However, I have changed my mind and this is now my favourite Mansfield Park adaptation. There are significant changes to some of the characters. Fanny is energetic, witty and a writer (in […]

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