My favorite Jane Austen movie adaptations

A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.

Jane Austen

I always found this quote to be very true! At least with me – throughout my child-hood and teenage years – every time I developed an interest for someone, I would go through the whole thing in my head; first date, the proposal, my parents reaction to the proposal, the wedding and the marriage. Of course, this vision of mine became even bigger when I started watching movie adaptations of Jane Austen’s books. Suddenly I wanted to be Keira Knightley. I dreamt of admitting to my father that I loved Mr. Darcy, and that my judgements had been wrong all along. Then another time, I wanted to be Ramola Garai, arguing with Johny Lee Miller about love and marriage. And the list goes on … You can say that for a while, I lived in two worlds; one was the world of the reality; school, friends and popularity – and the other; the one of Jane Austen’s movie adaptations. 

So here is a list of the ones that made my teenage-years … a little bit more endurable (livable, to say the least) than what they could have been! 

 

2. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

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Why?

  • The sceneries are breathtaking  
  • The music is exquisite
  • Mr. Darcy is played by Matthew Macfadyen  

 

 

2. Emma (2009 TV serial) 

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Why? 

  • Ramola Garai is a genius (in fact, I still haven’t seen anyone portray the character of Emma better than she does in this production.) 
  • The chemistry between her and Mr. Knightley (played by Jonny Lee Miller) is so real, that you would think they were dating in reality! 
  • Since “Emma” is my favorite book of Jane Austen, I can safely say that they did a very good job with this production. It leaves almost nothing out from the book. It’s just … wonderful! 

 

3. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

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Why? 

  • Emma Thompson is truly the one that makes this movie great. Not kidding. Seeing her in this movie actually led me to believe that she must be the greatest actress in Hollywood at the moment. And I still stand by this belief, just because I watched this movie.
  • I love every movie with Hugh Grant in it … so … yeah!
  • The movie makes me cry in the end every time. No matter how many times I watch it, the tears run like waterfalls.  

 

4. Northanger Abbey (2007) 

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Why? 

  • Catherine’s innocent, pure character couldn’t have been played by any other than Felicity Jones. The actress’s child-like face really makes the whole story even more believable. 
  • Every time I watch this movie, Henry Tilny (played by JJ. Field) almost makes me love him as much as Mr. Knightley. But just almost. 
  • It’s generally a very sweet, innocent, entertaining movie – with yet another ending that makes me cry every time. I swear to god, theres nothing like Henry Tilny’s proposal. And I can say that, even when I have watched Pride and Prejudice. 

 

Hope you liked my list! 

Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum 

 

3 thoughts on “My favorite Jane Austen movie adaptations

  1. I have never read a Jane Austen book.

    Currently reading Nicholas Nickleby at the moment. Next time I choose a classic, it will be David Copperfield.

    After those two Dickens books, will read a classic author I had no read yet. I have about seven classics to pick from when it comes to that and a Jane Austen book is one of them.

    1. Oh gosh! You have much much to look forward to:) David Copperfield will be a dear friend to you, and I cannot wait for you to start reading Jane Austen! If I were you, I would read “Emma” as the first book. Then “Pride and Prejudice”. And leave “Persuasion” as the last Jane Austen you read. After that (or in between) I would go for “Jane Eyre” and/or “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott. Anyways, have a swell reading-time and I hope you enjoy each book!

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