Austenmania: the Best Jane Austen TV and Movie Adaptations

Jane Austen is a must-read author. Even though her books have been published 200 years ago, they have stood the test of time and are still quite popular today. Since I am a major bookworm AND movie lover, I thought I would give you the best of both worlds. I therefore present my top 5 Jane Austen TV or movie adaptations.


5. Emma (2009 BBC series)

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A four-part BBC adaptation of the eponymous novel. Emma (Romola Garai) is a rich and beautiful young lady who loves to play matchmaker for those around her (she herself having no need to marry, since she runs her household and has plenty of money). However, her neighbour and family friend Mr. Knightley (Johnny Lee Miller) disagrees with her behaviour and warns her that her meddling might have undesirable consequences for everyone involved. I loved this adaptation because Romola Garai is just vivacious and adorable and everything I imaged Emma to be. The sets and the costumes are also beautiful.

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2. Bridget Jone’s Diary (2001)
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This movie is based on Helen Fielding’s book of the same name, which is itself loosely based on Pride and Prejudice (she was inspired to write it after seeing the BBC adaptation with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy). It tells the story of Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) a thirtysomething single gal who likes to drink, smoke, worry about her weight and fantasize about her boss (Hugh Grant). At a New Year party, her parents try to set her up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), who complains afterwards that she is "A verbally incontinent spinster who smokes like a chimney, drinks like a fish and dresses like her mother". After hearing this, she decides to turn her life around and buys a diary to chronicle her attempts to start afresh.

If I haven’t managed to pique your interest yet, I will tell you that it also features a fight scene between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, and Colin Firth telling us (YES, US) that he loves us exactly as we are.

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1.Pride and Prejudice (1995 BBC series)
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This six-episode series stars Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet and Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. It tells the story of the five Bennet daughters (five daughters! The agony! How will their parents manage to marry them all off?!), whose future prospects change dramatically with the arrival in the neighbourhood of eligible bachelor Mr. Bingley and his cold and proud, but oh-so-sexy friend, Mr. Darcy. This critically acclaimed series is considered by many to be THE Jane Austen adaptation to rule them all, and it claims my #1 spot, simply because it made Colin Firth famous, which is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Oh. It also features the famous lake dip scene, which was apparently so hot that it inspired someone to create this GIANT statue of a wet Colin Firth.

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