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Northanger Abbey (1987) Trivia Challenge

Northanger Abbey (1987) Trivia Challenge

If you can get past the oddities of this adaptation, there are plenty of fun and fascinating scenes and facts to enjoy. Jane Austen clearly enjoyed satirizing, nay, skewering, the Gothic fads of her day in Northanger Abbey, so perhaps it’s understandable that the screenwriter, Maggie Wadey, took the liberty of upping the Gothic ante… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Northanger Abbey (1987)

Top 10 Goofs in Northanger Abbey (1987)

Just as the exact timing of the novel of Northanger Abbey is not precisely known, the designated year of this adaptation is a bit unclear. Some references say 1986 while others say 1987. I went with 1987 for the production and 1798-1799 for the setting, since that is when Austen originally wrote the manuscript. If… more goodness …

Mansfield Park (1983) Trivia Challenge

Mansfield Park (1983) Trivia Challenge

If you were alive in 1983, you probably recognize that other than being filmed on video, it seems that there is no trace of 1983 in this Austen Adaptation, something that can’t be said of many other adaptations of similar vintage. Reviews of Mansfield Park (1983) take note of both it’s historical accuracy and faithfulness… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Mansfield Park (1983)

Top 10 Goofs in Mansfield Park (1983)

Mansfield Park is easily the most challenging of Austen’s novels to adapt to the screen. The character arc of the quiet and reserved protagonist, Fanny Price, is nuanced and internal. She already owns an “infallible moral compass,” and it is the revelatory arcs of the people around her that give the plot its momentum. It… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Mansfield Park (2007)

Top 10 Goofs in Mansfield Park (2007)

Prior to writing this post, I had only watched this version of Mansfield Park one time, about a decade ago on my local public television station.  Frankly, I haven’t felt compelled to revisit it up to now. With the vague recollection that I hadn’t been particularly impressed, I dove in, trying to keep an open… more goodness …

Mansfield Park (1999) Trivia Challenge

Mansfield Park (1999) Trivia Challenge

It has been twenty-one years since Patricia Rozema’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park hit the big screen. Well, sort of. Her statement on the film was that it is “not a Jane Austen film. It’s a Patricia Rozema film.” In framing it this way, she believed that the plot of Mansfield Park could be… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Mansfield Park (1999)

Top 10 Goofs in Mansfield Park (1999)

The 1999 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park has much to recommend it, with stunning cinematography, an excellent cast, and a trimmed-down storyline with a runtime of under two hours. This was accomplished by cutting out numerous characters and subplots. Not bridging those gaps they created is also the source of three of the goofs in… more goodness …

Social Class in Jane Austen’s “Emma”

Social Class in Jane Austen’s “Emma”

On February 21, 2020, we will have the pleasure (at least, I hope it is pleasure) of a new movie version of Jane Austen’s “Emma.” I thought we might look back at the plot structure of Austen’s tale, especially as it has to do with social class. After call, as Cher says in “Clueless,” the… more goodness …

Persuasion (1971) Trivia Challenge

Persuasion (1971) Trivia Challenge

Nearly fifty years have passed since this Austen adaptation of Persuasion debuted on the small screen. Filmed at a time when ITV drama productions were low-budget affairs, studio sets are obviously used for the interior scenes. The acting feels awkwardly similar a theatrical production, which is hardly surprising since most of the British actors of… more goodness …