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Hoopla Synopsis: In this modern musical retelling of Jane Austen’s classic, sparks fly as a love/hate relationship ignites between a small-town beauty and a wealthy American who’s visiting her modest Indian village.
Why You Should Watch: There’s dancing, singing, romantic scenes in the rain, and it’s an excellent Bollywood retelling. Plus, the two leads are great. Not to mention you have Naveen Andrews (Lost) playing Mr. Balraj aka Mr. Bingley. Sigh…
Hoopla Synopsis: Bridget Jones is a 32-year-old “singleton” who decides to take control of her life by keeping a diary. With a taste for adventure and an opinion on every subject, she’s decided to turn the page on a whole new life. Now, she finds herself caught between two men – Daniel Cleaver, a man who’s too good to be true, and Marc Darcy, a man who’s so wrong for her, he could be just right!
Why You Should Watch: Besides Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones, Hugh Grant also steals the film as the hilarious bad boy Daniel Cleaver.
Hoopla Synopsis: Emma is a mischievous beauty who sets up her single friends. But– she’s not very good at it, and makes a hilariously tangled mess of everyone’s lives, until she herself falls in love, finally freeing everyone from her outrageously misguided matchmaking!
Why You Should Watch: Out of all the Emma adaptations, I think this one understands Jane Austen’s wit the most. And Jeremy Northam as Mr. Knightley is divine. He has the sexy and flirty Romantic Hero stare down pat.
Hoopla Synopsis: Learn more about Jane Austen and her own fascinating life at a time in England’s history. Take a tour around the English landscape and see the lovely locations that inspired Jane Austen’s novels.
Why You Should Watch: To learn more about Jane Austen and what inspired her amazing stories.
Hoopla Synopsis: When a spirited young woman, Fanny Price, is sent away to live on the great country estate of her rich cousins, she’s meant to learn the ways of proper society. But while Fanny learns their ways, she also enlightens them with wit and sparkle all her own.
Why You Should Watch: Some complain the screenwriter combined the novel with elements of Jane Austen’s own life. Personally, I find this adaptation to be brilliant. The wit, the satire, the romance, the acting, the cinematography, etc. This Jane Austen film is pure artistry.
Hoopla Synopsis: In one of Austen’s most complex plots, Billie Piper (Doctor Who, The Ruby in the Smoke) stars as Fanny Price, who goes to live with prosperous relatives at Mansfield Park.
Why You Should Watch: This is not the best adaptation of Mansfield Park but the entertaining cast makes it worth checking out. From Billie Piper to Hayley Atwell, James D’arcy, Joseph Morgan, and more.
Hoopla Synopsis: Intrigue, adventure, and romance fill this enchanting dramatization of Jane Austen’s last novel. With a love of Gothic tales and a head full of fantasy and fiction, young Catherine Morland enters the decadent society of 18th-century Bath.
When Henry Tilney invites her to his ancestral home, Northanger Abbey, a dark mystery makes her blood run cold. What does the sinister General Tilney want? Will the truth destroy her one chance at love?
Why You Should Watch: My only complaint about this adaptation is that it’s too short! A young Felicity Jones stars as Catherine and the perfectly cast JJ Feild steals the hearts of women everywhere with his flirty and fun Mr. Tilney.