Modern Film Adaptations Of Jane Austen, Ranked

December 16, 2014 2:36 PM

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Dec. 16 is Jane Austen’s 239th birthday, and in the past two centuries, her seminal novels have been read and reread passionately by generations. More than that, however, they’ve captured the imagination of the culture in a way few other authors’ works have. Like Shakespeare, Austen has had her work adapted into major motion pictures, sequels, TV series and so much more.

Most notably, Austen’s novels are so recognizable and relatable that they’ve been repeatedly adapted as modern reimaginings -- not all of them successful. Look, I get it. It’s tough to update Jane Austen’s novels for the present day. We still read them, and long to retell them, because they feel so ...

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