I’ve had several conversations recently about Jane Austen and her books. And the movies about her books. I actually have these conversations frequently, and will continue to ’till the day I die. I love Jane Austen. Not just because she writes nice love stories, but because her stories last, her characters have depth and she is the most subtly witty woman I have ever read. There are so many film adaptations of her books, that I thought I’d list out my favorites for you. This was originally a Facebook post, but now has a more permanent home!
‘Pride and Prejudice’ – (a wonderful 6 hours) BBC 1995 – Colin Firth Forever!!
The Keira Knightly version is not my favorite, but it has grown on me over the past few months. So, I won’t write it off altogether.
‘Sense and Sensibility’ – (3 hours) 2008 BBC. My favorite Austen movie. The older version with Hugh Grant, Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson (1995) is okay, but those two have NO chemistry, and Emma Thompson is just too old for the role. AND it’s too short.
‘Emma’ – (4 hours) BBC 2009!! Just about perfect!
‘Persuasion’ – I prefer 1995, but the 2007 one is good, too. ’95 is truer to the book, and a little longer.
‘Mansfield Park’ – 1999 takes some liberties that I do NOT like, so I guess I’d the 2007 one. But the 1999 one is probably a better film in general.
‘Northanger Abbey’ – 2007, but one of my least favorite Austen movies (and books)
FYI – ‘Jane Austen Regrets’ and ‘Becoming Jane’ are mostly fictitious. I don’t recommend them.
Hope that helps! Have fun!!