Lost in Austen
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Amanda Price is sick of the modern world. She yearns for the romance and elegance found in the books by her favorite author, Jane Austen. But she's about to get a rude awakening as one fateful evening, she is propelled into the scheming 19th century world of Pride and Prejudice while that book's Elizabeth Bennet is hurled into hers. As the book's familiar plot unfolds, Amanda triggers new romantic twists and turns within the Bennet family circle as she clumsily tries to help the sisters nab husbands and even captivates the tantalizing Mr. Darcy herself. But what about Elizabeth...and what will become of one of the world's greatest love stories?
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This version turns a LOT of the Austen canon on it's head, which I gather upset a lot of viewers when it first aired, but for some reason I loved it. The characters are introduced exactly as you'd expect them to be and then deviate in ways that, to me, feel organic. Some of them even serve to satisfy issues readers might have with the original characters. Bingley, in this version, is forced to deal with the consequences of his weak-minded foolishness. Darcy, in turn, gets a very satisfying comeuppance for his presumptuous meddling. It's honestly the sexiest Bingley's ever been (also helped by the fact that Bingley here is played by Tom Mison, now of Sleepy Hollow and your dreams). Jane, too, gets the chance to exhibit some strength after finding little reward in the virtue of obedience when it lands her in miserable circumstances that benefit everyone but herself. The result is actually a more satisfying love story between Jane and Bingley, with both of them really having to jump some hurdles to end up together, as opposed to the tepid B-pairing they formed in Austen's original novel.
George Wickham, too, gets a refreshingly redemptive story line as a bastard with a heart of gold. The only problem is that, as a result, he comes off better than Darcy, who never deviates from the book version and suffers because of it. With all the supporting characters suddenly so vibrantly fleshed-out, choosing to maintain Darcy's aloofness renders him less a romantic hero and more of a curmudgeonly turd. Still, I've seen this movie countless times and it's always charming, funny and enjoyable, so it's definitely on my list of favorite adaptions.
The premise is weird, it follows Amanda Price a sweet modern woman who loves "Pride and Prejudice". Then one day in her bathroom she discovers Elizabeth Bennet. At first Amanda thinks it's a dream, but soon Elizabeth shows Amanda a door in her bathroom that leads to that other world set 200 years ago.
Amanda steps inside, directly into the hall of the Bennet house, when suddenly the door connecting the two worlds closes shut. So she is stuck in the world of Elizabeth Bennet.
What I liked about this series are the unexpected twists. I liked how all the characters grew throughout the story. I really liked Mr. Wickham in this version. I loved Mr Darcy as he grew throughout the series, he was also the handsomest Darcy I have seen yet. I liked how most of the characters got their HEA by learning to follow their heart, and to shed unfair prejudices and rules. I was glad that Amanda Price got her happy ending too, I was rooting for her. Last but not least, I enjoyed the comedic approach.
The one drawback is that the ending felt rushed. They should have added a scene with a montage showing snippets of everyone's life, after they ended up with who they wanted. I also wished they had given Mr. Wickham a love interest.
In the end this was a charming mini-series, a new twist on Pride and Prejudice...funny and romantic
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