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Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice: 5 Inspired Screen Adaptations

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by Sam (subscribe)
Freelance writer, author and dreamer.
Published December 29th 2013
There is no enjoyment like reading, but films are fun too
Pride and Prejudice is the classic romantic comedy and whether you are reading it for leisure or for study, or for the first time or the fifth time, there are several ways to supplement your enjoyment of the book.

Bride and Prejudice

Bride and Prejudice
Bride and Prejudice Movie Poster

This bright Bollywood piece directed by Gurinder Chadha in 2004 puts a musical twist onto the story of Pride and Prejudice in the international romance between Lalita Baksha (Aishwarya Rai) and William Darcy (Martin Henderson).

Bride and Prejudice is an entertaining, clever insight into the plot of the original novel, changing the social issues of the period timeframe to something more understandable in the modern world. With sublime acting and exciting songs, this may not be the most cerebral adaptation but is fun nonetheless.


Bridget Jones's Diary

Bridget Jones's Diary
Bridget Jones's Diary Movie Poster

A more mature take on the Pride and Prejudice story, Bridget Jones's Diary by Sharon Maguire is both shocking and amusing. Colin Firth, Renée Zellweger and Hugh Grant star in the 2001 film that holds the same basic romantic plot of Pride and Prejudice whilst eliminating the major societal issues pertaining to the class differences in the original novel.

Bridget Jones's Diary is filled with sharp humour, relatable characters and outrageous situations as Bridget (Zellweger) navigates a year of love and heartbreak, of working and fun, and of personal growth and a classic when thinking of Pride and Prejudice adaptations.


The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

The most recent popular adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, vlog series on YouTube created by Hank Green and Bernie Su. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries depicts the life of Lizzie Bennet (Ashley Clements) through a series of two to eight minute long vlogs as she narrates her overbearing mother, her sisters and their new neighbours.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries videos are short and snappy insights into the Pride and Prejudice story, with Lizzie often doing dramatic impersonations of her family, friends and acquaintances. It is undoubtedly a fun twist for those who love the original story and something refreshing for those looking for something new.


Episode One: My Name is Lizzie Bennet

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice Poster

The BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice may be long, but it is the perfect series to sit down to with a blanket and cup of tea on a rainy day (or week). Despite being filmed in 1995, it is still the most well-known adaptation, from Colin Firth's wet shirt to Jennifer Ehle's shy smile.

Almost seamlessly adapted from word to page, this adaptation cuts little from the novel and provides the added visual element to really understand Darcy's pride, Mr Collins' smile and the English landscape.


Lost in Austen

Lost in Austen
Lost in Austen DVD Cover

This mini-series, written by Guy Andrews, is not only a vibrant watch for the Jane Austen fan, but also an enjoyable, useful study tool for the students studying Pride and Prejudice.

Lost in Austen tells the story of Amanda Price (Jemima Rooper) who is an ardent Jane Austen fan, and her adventures when she switches place with Elizabeth Bennet (Gemma Arterton). The longer Amanda lives in Georgian England, the more she interferes with the love story she adores.

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