Jane Austen has experienced great popularity in recent years. Since the 1990s there have been numerous takes on favourites such as Emma, Sense & Sensibility and of course Pride and Prejudice. But perhaps we should dub 2007 (the 190th anniversary of her death) the Year of Jane Austen’s Triumph:
- Northanger Abbey (2007) movie
- Persuasion (2007) movie
- Mansfield Park (2007) mini-series
- Becoming Jane (2007) movie
- The Jane Austen bookclub (2007) movie
The TV series Lost in Austen (2008) deftly captures the fascination the modern world has with Austen’s work; our genteel and romantic sensibilities are alive and well!
And what better way to spend an evening than in the delightfully diverting company of Austen’s heroines? We can cringe appreciatively when Lizzie encounters Mr Collins, tut over Catherine’s wild fancies at Northanger Abbey, and feel suitably embarrassed as Emma’s matchmaking goes awry!
As to version, there’s plenty of choice. Emma can be blond or dark-haired, if we watch the 1995 or 1996 versions respectively. And if we really want to, we can watch Jane & Lizzy in black and white (wearing large hoop skirts) in the 1940s classic. Enter Laurence Olivier as Darcy (woah!).
But there is soon to be a new twist coming to the screen.
Thanks to authors Seth Grahame-Smith and Ben Winters, we can now enjoy the wit and humour of Austen’s characters as they…ahem, battle zombies and fall in love with tentacle-waving Davy Jones look-alikes. And it doesn’t stop there…That’s right, Pride & Prejudice and Zombies, the first of the Austen/monster mash-ups, is due to be released in theatres in 2011!
Love it or hate it, the book has been a sensation and it’s no surprise it should be snapped up by film companies. But is it really going to be “an adaptation not to be missed”? Or, more to the point for hardcore Austen fans, is this the final straw that should make adapting her work simply illegal?!
Tell us what you think of modern twists and different versions of Jane Austen classics!
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