The Best Jane Austen Adaptations
Many lists have been made ranking the best Jane Austen adaptations, but here is one that is just celebrating some of my favorites. Feel free to add your own! 📚🎥🎞
- •Pride and Prejudice (TV Mini-Series-1995): I remember watching through all 327 minutes of this 6 part Mini-Series when I was home sick one day. It made me feel so much better. It's tough to find a more faithful adaptation than this one. And of course there's Colin Firth's lake scene. Enough said.
- •Sense and Sensibility (1995): This is another adaptation that stayed very true to the book despite having a much shorter running time. This film has a wonderful cast. Emma Thompson is glorious (as always). Pride and Prejudice is the Jane Austen story I know and love best, but I found this story engaging and emotional too.
- •Clueless (1995) 1995 seems to have been a golden year for Jane Austen adaptations. Clueless is probably the highlight. This movie is a fan favorite, and it often tops ranked lists of the best Jane Austen adaptations. This was an extremely successful translation of Jane Austen's novel 'Emma' into a "modern day" 90's setting. It's pretty iconic.
- •Pride & Prejudice (2005): This is the abridged, slightly less faithful version of P&P, but it captures the spirit of the story wonderfully. I could watch this movie over and over again without getting bored. This is another great cast, and the film is just beautifully made.
- •Bridget Jones's Diary (2001): Colin Firth strikes again, but this time he is a modern Mr. Darcy! Bridget Jones again takes the heart of P&P and turns the story into something completely new and fantastic. This is probably the funniest adaptation on this list, and nowhere is Colin Firth more charming.
- •The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (2013): This was my first real introduction to Jane Austen's universe, so it holds a special place in my heart. Seeing this web series triggered my love for Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice. I read through the novel so quickly after watching the first few episodes of LBD. This is a great series for any Austen fans.
- •Emma Approved (2013): From the same creators as LBD, this modern day adaptation of Emma is also a joy to watch. In some ways it makes even more sense for Emma to document her daily life on YouTube and interact with her audience. Even though this web series is not as beloved as LBD, it is very successful for many of the same reasons.
- •Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016): The most recent adaptation of P&P, due to come out in theaters in February. I got to attend the first screening, and it was absolutely amazing (partly because the audience had so much fun watching the film). This is so sincere and true to the book while adding in feminist badass elements. Highly recommend.
- •#1!!!! 👊🏼👊🏼I've gotten so much hate for liking it better than the 1995 but it is the. Best.Suggested by @bredee
- •Bride & Prejudice (2004)Austen goes Bollywood, by Gurinder Chadha, the writer/director of Bend it Like Beckham. A modern spin, and super super fun. I saw this in cinemas with my mom & sisters, & we didn't realize going in that it was a musical. I'll never forget that moment of delighted shock in the theater when it became clear. This is probably my favorite loose adaptation of P&P.Suggested by @nelle
- •Northanger Abbey (2007)NA is my absolute favorite Austen novel. It gets sort of lost in the (justified) love for her other works, but I think this is the book that truly showcases her talent for satire. I love this adaptation of it, which is mostly faithful, and stars Felicity Jones & JJ Feild, who are the absolute darlingest together.Suggested by @nelle
- •Mansfield Park (1999)This adaptation is actually a little iffy and unfaithful and there is some weird stuff about slavery that for sure wasn't in the book, but it stars Frances O'Connor and Jonny Lee Miller which surely absolves it of some of that junk.Suggested by @ltoiaivao