How-to Jane Austen: More than Mr. Darcy with Beth Sri
by Lisa Cotter, posted in Excellence
For many, Jane Austen’s novels are better know as Hollywood chick flicks, however, there is so much more to her stories! In today’s episode, Lisa interviews Beth Sri on why everyone (including men!) should read Jane Austen not merely for entertainment value, but for what they can teach us about virtue and life.
Beth’s favorite Jane Austen website: Jane Austen Center
Beth’s recommended movie versions of Jane’s novels
- Pride and Prejudice – Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth – BBC/A&E, 1995
- Sense and Sensibility – Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant – Columbia, 1995
- Emma – Gwyneth Paltrow – Miramax, 1996 OR Emma -Romola Garai – BBC, 2009 (Just watch them both!)
- Northanger Abbey – Felicity Jones – 2006
- Persuasion – 1995
- Mansfield Park – Sylvestra Le Touzel – BBC 1986*
*Beth says: This is part of the Jane Austen Collection and has the best version available of Mansfield Park. All six novels were made into films in this collection. They are faithful to the stories, but lack the cinematography that the other more recent & modern adaptations offer.
Non-recommended movies, but FYI, they exist:
- Love and Friendship (The movie version of the novella Lady Susan. Beth recommends you read the short novella first and save it for after you’re familiar with the six novels.)
- Becoming Jane (It’s not really true to her life, but it’s fun!)
It was all things Jane when we recorded!
Beth’s memorabilia from her Jane Austen “pilgrimage”.
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