Jane Austen-itis Is Catching!

July 25, 2007

Jane Austen (1775-1817) wrote books that still enjoy tremendous popularity and have been made into sumptuous TV mini-series and movies. They have also inspired many other writers to spin-off her characters into their own books. The books remain, in our opinion, better than their video counterparts but the movies are highly entertaining nevertheless. With multiple renditions of movies such as Pride And Prejudice, it’s also fun to compare the various actors who have played the major roles. Laurence Olivier seems to have set the standard for Mr. Darcy, but who’s the best Elizabeth? Try out The Jane Austen Book Club for a more current take on the author. And, for a biographical portrait of the pre-fame Jane Austen, the movie Becoming Jane opens Friday, August 3rd.