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Mansfield Park BBC 1983

I have continued watching Mansfield Park and I have to say it grew on me – let’s face it it is not very pretty (although I read somewhere that it won a costume award), but it is closest to the novel. As Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield write in Jane Austen in Hollywood about this adaptation …Moreover, while […]

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Mansfield Park BBC 1983

As part of my year of Mansfield Park, I have been watching the 1983 BBC version. I’ve only watched one episode (the Crawfords have just arrived). I don’t have a favourite Mansfield Park adaptation – this one is closest to the novel, but the production values are poor by which I mean it is not very pretty […]

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So a brief respite from Mansfield Park I have been watching Death Comes to Pemberley. First, I read the book and wasn’t that impressed. However, this adaptation is beautiful to watch and if I forget about it having anything to do with Pride and Prejudice it is quite enjoyable. If you get the chance to watch it, I think it […]

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This is the first of the Austen Project novels. Here is the blurb … From one of the most insightful chroniclers of family life working in fiction today comes a contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s classic novel of love, money, and two very different sisters John Dashwood promised his dying father that he would take […]

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I have been watching the Lizzie Bennet Diaries – some what obsessively I might add. The writers have done a great job of updating Pride and Prejudice for a modern audience. Here is a link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KisuGP2lcPs&list=PL6690D980D8A65D08 to the entire play list. Or here it is … There is also a new version of Emma called Emma Approved. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeeXkf8LZ_8&list=PL3r4WokiuOPnVaqWz7_aHU13mHK9fRBk5 […]

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Dear Mr Darcy – Amanda Grange

I found this novel while on holiday (at the local newsagent) how serendipitous. I was pleasantly surprised. Here is the blurb … In this imaginative retelling of Pride and Prejudice, Amanda Grange now tells the classic story through the eyes of its compelling romantic hero, Fitzwilliam Darcy – in a series of revealing letters that […]

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I’ve been watching the 1980 version of Pride and Prejudice. The screen play was written by Fay Weldon and it stars Elizabeth Garvie as Elizabeth and David Rintoul as Mr Darcy. I thought it would be a bit dated like this version of Emma… however, it’s fine. The costumes and setting aren’t as beautiful as modern […]

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  This was in the discount bin at JBHIFI and I definitely thought it was worth buying. It is a modern retelling of Sense and Sensibility. This is from Wikipedia … From Prada to Nada is an American romantic comedy film directed by Angel Garcia and produced by Gary Gilbert, Linda McDonough, Gigi Pritzker and […]

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I’ve been watching The History of Tom Jones – it is hilarious – a pantomime for grown-ups. It reminds me of Austen’s juvenilia – definitely worth watching. I’ll post again when I have watched it all.

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I think this is my favourite Sense and Sensibility adaptation. I think Hattie Morahan is an excellent Elinor and Edward Ferrars, as played by Dan Stevens, isn’t drippy (you can understand why Elinor loves him). In fact, the male heroes (Brandon and Edward Ferrars) are both more appealing in this version. We get to see more […]

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