11 March 2010


Emma (2009)We tried this new adaptation of Emma last weekend and I was very happy with it.  It's the first time I've actually liked Emma, except in the book.  She's still a bit silly, like she's supposed to be, but she's a lot more than just a silly girl.  I thought it was very well done. 

So now, of the more recent BBC versions of Austen, I like Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and PrejudicePersuasion is, unfortunately, awful.  I'd like to see a remake of Mansfield Park; like Emma, at least before this version, Mansfield Park hasn't had a good film made of it yet.


  1. I certainly agree about Mansfield Park--we will just not discuss Billie Piper. OTOH it's not exactly a modern-film-friendly story. It would be quite difficult to make it into a movie, I think.

    But I quite liked the Persuasion that was made in 1995. Everyone was kind of ordinary-looking, as if they really hadn't washed their hair in a few days, and it was very well done. Have you seen that version?

  2. I agree about Mansfield Park. It would be hard to create a Fanny Price that stayed true to the book, but also was popular with modern audiences.

    I love the 1995 Persuasion. It's my favorite Austen adaptation ever.

  3. I agree with you on the 1995 Persuasion; it's hard to get better than that. Though I really need to see this one of Emma...