Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Jane Austen and Our Enduring Devotion by Terri L. Austin



Jane Austen’s Love and Friendship is out soon, and it got me thinking about Jane and our obsession with her.

My favorite Pride and Prejudice remains the Colin Firth version, starring Jennifer Ehle. 

It remained more faithful to the book than the Keira Knightly version. 


I loved both Emmas, but Gwyneth's lighter portrayal wins by a nose.

And was it just me or was Billy Piper terribly miscast as Fanny Price?


But of course Austen’s characters have fought vampires and zombies. 
 




And one of my favorite adaptions is the modern romcom version of P&P, featuring Mormons. Yep. Pride and Prejudice--A Latter Day Tale.




 A couple of weeks ago, my son sent me a pic. He and some friends were playing Marrying Mr. Darcy. Sadly, he lost and remained an old maid. 
 But all this leads me to believe Jane Austen is the hardest working dead woman in publishing today. Even beyond the grave, she must be exhausted.

So what’s your favorite Jane-related item (movie, book, manga, video game)? And what is it about Austen that is so enduring?


8 comments:

  1. Terri, I'm just amazed at the staying power of Jane Austen. You're right in saying she's the hardest working dead woman we've ever seen. Ha! People can't get enough of her characters. The movies are all good but I still prefer the books. Emma is my favorite.

    Wishing you much success!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Linda! I love Emma, too. :)

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  2. I have never read Jane Austen. I feel like a complete fraud as a romance writer!

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    1. I love it, Marie. And your romances are awesome!

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  3. Besides P&P, Persuasion is a favorite. I'm a sucker for second chances.

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    1. Persuasion was so good and angsty! Yum!

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  4. I think I have to agree with your choices. I love Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth and Colin Firth as Darcy, and Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma was wonderful. I think Austen is still popular because she's witty and still makes us smile.

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  5. I'm a huge Emma fan, loved Gwyneth's but Clueless is my favorite version! Colin Firth as Darcy. There is no other Darcy. That one broke the mold!

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