So at the start of the month, I laid my intentions bare: I wanted to spend the whole of May reading and watching all things Regency. Well, it’s the end of the month, and spoiler alert: Reader, I did it! I’ll be posting about all my Regency reads soon, but for now, here’s:
All the Regency Things I Watched in May
I started Regency month with all the Emma adaptations.
I’d already seen the excellent 2020 version, but for the first time, I watched the 1996 film and the 2009 mini-series. Gwyneth Paltrow’s 1996 Emma was a bit saccharine for me (all that moping after Knightley left? Emma would never), but that 2009 Emma is everything. So funny, so detailed, so wholesome–definitely one to re-watch!
Of course, talking of re-watches… How could I not re-watch the 1995 Pride and Prejudice?
I’ve got no patience for the 2005 film, and that’s largely because why bother when the 1995 mini-series already achieved perfection? I binged this in one (slightly hungover) day, and I had not a single regret. This mini-series makes the world a better place.
Once I’d finished reading the book, I re-watched Bridgerton season one.
I was surprised at the number of changes from book to TV–especially almost-tomboy Book Daphne, now the TV Diamond–but still. How can you not love this show?
And once I’d finished re-watching season one, I moved onto Bridgerton season two!
Honestly, this had everything: angsty flashbacks, slow burn, physical tension, family banter, spikey female heroines, and most of all, an excellent enemies-to-lovers set up. Daphne and Simon who?
Back in Austenland, I made my partner watch Northanger Abbey on a movie night, and I have no regrets.
He couldn’t stomach the 1996 Emma, but enjoyed the 2020 Emma–but Northanger Abbey (the 2007 version) was his favourite! And as far as adaptations go, I thought it was everything faithful. Pure joy.
Which brings us to late May, as I draft this post, hoping to squeeze some more Austen in…
I still haven’t re-watched the 1995 Sense and Sensibility, and I really want to watch the 2008 version. I also want to watch at least one Persuasion adaptation now I’ve read it, and if at all possible, watching Austenland itself would be a great way to round up the month…
What’s your favourite Austen adaptation?