Monday, August 23rd, 2021


“Thank you for your kindness,
but you cannot know
the depth of my despair.

Persuasion, Jane Austen

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Persuasion: The Next LBD?

Thursday, March 28th, 2013


Having just recently gotten into Austen (I’ve only read P&P, Persuasion, half of Emma, and Sandition), I don’t have a huge amount of knowledge about many of Austen’s works. Still, I do think that Persuasion would be an ideal candidate for a vlog-style adaptation in the spirit of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

This got obscenely long, so it’s under the cut.

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This mostly makes sense to me. I don’t necessarily agree with the people I’ve seen saying that Clueless precludes Pemberley Digital adapting Emma; Clueless came out 18 years ago, which at least in my mind is plenty long enough for another adaptation to be done. There were only 10 years between the BBC miniseries and the Joe Wright adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, after all, and those were necessarily a lot closer together as straight period adaptations than 200-years-later updates of Emma would be.

But I love Persuasion, and really like the way this post outlines how it could be updated. A reality series rather than a vlog sounds more expensive to produce, but not necessarily too expensive; a reality show would still be cheaper than conventional TV, and would solve a whole list of problems that Bernie Su & Co. spent the last year wrestling with. (Just how many times can someone pop by unexpectedly and sit down next to Lizzie just as she’s recording her vlog?)

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ibmiller: eudaimonium: list of Jane Austen adaptations:↳ 08….

Friday, February 22nd, 2013



list of Jane Austen adaptations:
↳ 08. Persuasion (1995)

This adaptation is so utterly gorgeous. Amanda Root is so powerful as Anne, and Ciaran Hinds is stellar as Wentworth.  And Roger Michell’s direction is imaginative and beautiful – much better at grasping “gritty” yet beautiful in a costume drama than Joe Wright, much as I admire Wright’s technical mastery of tracking shots and spatial isolation.

I loved this movie and had rewatched it at least 10 times before I ever read Austen’s book, though now the book is my favorite Austen. But really, what a wonderful adaptation.

Prejudicial confession:

Fast-forward a few years. When I first watched Notting Hill I liked it, but in a guilty-pleasure way. I told at least one person that the writing was wonderful (because I was and am a big fan of Richard Curtis), but that the direction was obviously the work of some ham-fisted director of music videos, and pointed to the scene in the private garden, and specifically the crane shot where William walks away from Anna then back toward her, as my proof.

“Look at it,” I scoffed. “There’s no reason whatsoever for him to walk away and back again like that, except that it matches the raise-and-lower of the camera to make an artful-looking shot. Which really just calls attention to itself and ends up looking really dumb. This director is clearly a clown.”

And time passed, and I found myself watching Notting Hill again, and again, and quite possibly again. And I still scoffed at that one crane shot, but my heart wasn’t in it, because actually, I’d come to love that movie.

And then I finally got around to taking a look at its IMDB page, and giving that ham-fisted director of music videos a closer look. What else had he done?


Okay; yes, I’m an idiot, and no one should listen to my opinions about anything.

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