It is a truth universally acknowledged that a girl in possession of a project, blog and twitter, must be in want of an audience.
A little introduction about me: I'm an English and Education double major at a small college in Missouri. I watched the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice when I was 12, read the classic book immediately after, and never looked back. Now you could say I'm simply obsessed with Jane Austen.
My hope for this blog is to share the genius of Jane Austen and to have fun while doing it.
So, to begin this blog correctly, let's talk about Jane Austen movie adaptations.
Since Valentine's Day is this next weekend, what better way to celebrate than to watch a Jane Austen adaptation? Whether it's with your significant other, or with your girlfriends, you just can't beat the wit and heart of Jane Austen and her characters.
Here are three suggestions for this weekend, in no particular order:
1. Pride and Prejudice (2005): This movie is beautiful, lush and intelligent. It's also under two hours. Fair warning, this movie did trigger my Jane Austen obsession. I may or may not have pretended I was Keira Knightley's Elizabeth Bennet for a couple of days afterward.
2. Emma, BBC miniseries (2010): This is by far the best adaptation of what I think of as Austen's most well written work. Romola Garai personifies silly yet clever Emma Woodhouse, and Jonny Lee Miller and Michael Gambon contribute strongly to this hilarious and fresh miniseries.
3. Persuasion (2007): This movie is vibrant, deep, and emotional. Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones capture the longing and heartache of lovers wanting a second chance. Have tissues ready for this one.
What other Jane Austen adaptations would you like to watch this coming weekend?