By Michelle C.
Are you obsessed with Jane Austen’s novels? Have you watched the movie versions over and over, eagerly awaiting each new release? Do you have fights with your friends about which version of Pride and Prejudice is best (Colin Firth–always Colin Firth)? Then this is the blog post for you!
Some of my favorite Jane Austen adaptations are those in which we bring Jane’s characters to the modern day.
In Clueless, Cher is a popular, Beverly Hills teenager with a big heart and too much time on her hands (sound familiar?). When her ex-stepbrother calls her self-centered, Cher decides to start helping the people around her by playing matchmaker with mixed results. Although it was released in 1995, the themes of social status and women’s roles are as classic as they were in 1815 when Emma was published.
In From Prada to Nada, Nora and Mary are rich, Beverly Hills sisters (why do these movies always take place in Beverly Hills?!). When their father dies and they lose their fortune, they are taken in by an impoverished aunt. This is a Latina adaptation of Sense and Sensibility with a fun mix of culture, humor, and romance.
And in Bride and Prejudice, Lalita tries to stay out of her matchmaking mother’s way in India as she navigates a love-hate relationship with the American tycoon Will Darcy. Bollywood meets Austen in this musical adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
If you haven’t seen them yet, you should also watch some of the YouTube adaptations that have been created of Jane Austen’s work: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, From Mansfield With Love, and Emma Approved.
If you’ve watched all of the adaptations and are looking for something similar, try these Jane-Austen-like-movies.