Jane Austen’s Unfinished Novel Comes to Life

PBS’s Masterpiece has released the trailer for their lastest literary adaptation, Sanditon, Jane Austen’s final and unifinshed novel. Continue reading “Jane Austen’s Unfinished Novel Comes to Life”

“Sanditon”, Jane Austen’s Unfinished Novel, Comes to PBS’s Masterpiece

Calling all Jane Austen fans!

Jane Austen’s last uncompleted novel, Sanditon, will be adapted to the small screen. This will be a joint production by ITV, Red Planet Pictures and Masterpiece by PBS.  Continue reading ““Sanditon”, Jane Austen’s Unfinished Novel, Comes to PBS’s Masterpiece”

Friday Debate: Books and TV

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Welcome to Friday Debate, a feature on cup of tea with that book, please, where every Friday a question will be posted that tantalize the brain and expands our horizons. For this week’s question:  Continue reading “Friday Debate: Books and TV”

Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists Picked Up As A Series

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The Perfectionists has been ordered as a series, to air on Freeform.  Continue reading “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists Picked Up As A Series”

Watch Trailer of the Second Season of “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Hulu released its first trailer for the upcoming second season of its hit original show, The Handmaid’s Tale,  starring Eilsabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes. The show returns on April 25. Continue reading “Watch Trailer of the Second Season of “The Handmaid’s Tale””

Movies & TV Shows Based on Books Released in 2018

In the past, anxiety was at its peak when a book lover heard that a film/TV adaptation was being made, based off their favorite book. And it is still nerve-racking! But with hits like It, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Murder on the Orient Express, it looks like Hollywood is catching on and making these adaptations pretty good. I can’t guarantee that these adaptations will satisfy your literary vision, however, these are some adaptations I think you should not only be on the lookout but give a chance: Continue reading “Movies & TV Shows Based on Books Released in 2018”

Ten Best Film/TV Austen Adaptations

Jane Austen has such a profound effect on popular culture, more than any other author. Hollywood loves adapting her books and we, the viewers, just can’t get enough of them. Although this is day is the anniversary of Austen’s death, let us not think of the bad but about the great things that would not exist without her writings. Last week, we talked about book adaptations, now we are talking about film/TV adaptations. Here are, what I think, the best Austen adaptations on film or TV:

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BritBox…An Anglophile’s Dream Come True

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Not only am I a fan of British Literature, I am a huge fan of British TV shows. I always take the chance to watch (or rewatch) any shows that come from across the pond. That’s why I was ecstatic when I found about BritBox, a new streaming venture, created by the BBC and ITV, that consists of a large catalog of TV shows from these networks for US customers. For $6.99 a month, you’ll be able to watch classic episodes like Doctor Who and Fawlty Towers and modern/current episodes like EastEnders and Coronation Street. You will find hours of entertainment with this great streaming service!

And BritBox even has something for book lovers! Their video library consists of great TV shows that were adapted from books. Because honestly, who does a great literary adaptation, other than the British? Here are some great examples:

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Pride and Prejudice (1995): 20 Years

It is a truth universally acknowledged that twenty years ago today, the best adaptation of not only my favorite novel, but the best book adaptation ever, first premiered on television on the BBC. To celebrate, let me list some of my favorite scenes from this great adaptation:

Darcy and Elizabeth’s First Interaction:

Darcy and Elizabeth’s First Dance

Everything was said in that dance and with so little words…

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Adaptations and Accuracy: Literary Favorites from Page to Screen

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“If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you, you have bewitched me body and soul, and I love…I love….I love you.”

(Pride and Prejudice, 2005.)

 Photograph: Focus Features.Keira Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen as Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, 2005.
Photograph: Focus Features.

If you are a serious, literary-minded Jane Austen fan, it may raise your blood pressure a bit to learn that there are many people who believe the above quote was actually said by Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.  Similarly, there are those who are convinced that the famous scene where Darcy leaps into the lake at Pemberley is an accurate depiction of something that Austen wrote on the page.  In fact, as most of you reading this will know, the above lines are said by actor Matthew Macfadyen in the 2005 movie version of Pride and Prejudice and the scene with Darcy…

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