Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Austen Movies

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Top Ten Movies If You Like Jane Austen

I kind of switched this topic around from its original intention this week, but I hope no one minds! I'm recommending movies that are similar or based on a Jane Austen novel! :)

1. Austenland (a movie based off of Shannon Hales' book Austenland) - Keri Russell is a 30-something obsessed with Mr. Darcy from P&P. She sinks all of her life savings into a 2-3 week visit at Austenland, a Jane Austen re-enactment resort where each lady vacationer gets her own regency romance with one of the gentlemen actors. What she doesn't count on is falling in love . . .

2. Lost in Austen - Amanda Price is sick of the modern world. She yearns for the romance and elegance found in the books by her favorite author, Jane Austen. But she's about to get a rude awakening as one fateful evening, she is propelled into the scheming 19th century world of Pride and Prejudice while that book's Elizabeth Bennet is hurled into hers. Amanda's presence alters the course of the story for some characters and gives us a deeper glimpse into the "true" motivation of some of Jane's most memorable characters.

3. Pride and Prejudice (Restored Edition) (1995 BBC Version restored in 2010) - Colin. Firth. Need I say more? This 6-part mini series truly does P&P justice. The chemistry between Colin Firth & Jennifer Ehle is undeniable.

4. Pride & Prejudice (2004) - I love this modern interpretation of the classic. The setting is Mormon country, Utah. The sisters are friends. It's all bright colors, fast movement, and modern vibe, but it does the story justice.

5. Becoming Jane - This is the story of Jane Austen's first, and perhaps only, love Thomas Lefroy. What I love about this movie is the intense chemistry between Anne Hathaway (Jane) & James McAvoy (Tom). INTENSE! Plus, he's a cutie. ;)

6. Persuasion - Ciaran Hinds as Captain Wentworth. Yum. 8 years have passed since Anne turned down his engagement, but neither has squelched their feelings. Can they find another chance at forever?

7. Emma - Gwyneth Paltrow plays Emma Woodhouse to perfection in this 1996 version of the beloved Jane Austen story. Jeremy Northam is a hot Mr. Knighley as well. ;)

8. The Inheritance - This is based on a novella by Louisa May Alcott. The Hamiltons raised orphan Edith alongside their daughter. She is halfway a servant, halfway part of the family. When cousin Ida comes to town, looking to meet a husband, her prospect James Percy only has eyes for Edith.

9. Sense & Sensibility (Special Edition) - Hugh Grant. Kate Winslet. Emma Thompson. Alan Rickman. Nothing more needs to be said.

10. Bride and Prejudice - Bollywood does Austen. Enough said. ;)

Have YOU seen any of these films? If so, tell me what YOU thought!


  1. I love Jane Austen and have seen all of these movies. Does that make me an addict? May I recommend The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on youtube if you haven't check it out already. It's pretty great.

    My TTT

    1. I heard about the Lizzie Diaries & there's actually a book coming out which I tried to get on Netgalley, but haven't heard back on yet . . .

  2. Nice list! I've seen them all except Austenland and The Inheritance (I've read both those books though). Actually, I own half of these! I'd add Pride & Prejudice (1940) - anachronistic costumes & a somewhat altered plot, but still beautifully acted and extremely funny! Also, Clueless - it's Emma set in the 1990s!

  3. I've never read Jane Austen but I love how you changed the topic around this week.
    Great list and thank fro stopping by The Story Goes...

  4. I'm a big Austen fan, so I've seen most of these for sure! Awesome list!

    Thanks for stopping by :)


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