This week on The Literary Life podcast we have a fun “Best of” Series episode for you from our collection of “In Search of the Austen Adaptation” podcasts! On this episode our hosts Angelina, Cindy and Thomas are joined by Atlee Northmore, and together they are debating which film version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is the best. Atlee shares some of the history of the Pride and Prejudice adaptations that were made for TV and film. Angelina highlights different ideas of what makes a good film adaptation of a book. Cindy brings up the importance of the casting, and Angelina talks about why she still feels like no film has gotten Mr. Darcy right. She also talks about the difficulty of embodying the virtues that Jane Austen gives her characters. Our hosts critique each major movies from over the decades, sharing what they like and dislike about each one.
Click here to download the PDF Atlee created for all the Pride and Prejudice film adaptations.
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If we cannot get the better of life, at any rate, we can be so free as to laugh at it.Desmond MacCarthy
Jane Austen is thus a mistress of much deeper emotion than appears upon the surface. She stimulates us to supply what is not there. What she offers is, apparently a trifle, yet is composed of something that expands in the reader’s mind and endows with the most enduring form of life scenes which are outwardly trivial.Virginia Woolf
The most extraordinary thing in the world is an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children.G. K. Chesterton
Never judge a book by its movie.Anonymous
False Though She Be
by William Congreve
FALSE though she be to me and love, I'll ne'er pursue revenge; For still the charmer I approve, Though I deplore her change. In hours of bliss we oft have met: They could not always last; And though the present I regret, I'm grateful for the past.
The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf
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