Friday, August 28, 2009
Lost In Austen
This month I watched Lost in Austen on dvd for the Everything Austen Challenge. What a fabulous mini-series!!! I absolutely loved this show so much - it was just a great mix of contemporary life and Austenish drama. Basically, we have the character of Amanda Price, a modern day gal who absolutely loves everything Austen. Fed up with her love life and career going nowhere, Amanda finds Elizabeth Bennet in her bathroom. Wanting an escape from the real world, Amanda switches places with Elizabeth and soon finds herself living and breathing the pages of Pride and Prejudice. We meet the Bennet family, Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley and his disagreeable sister, Caroline Bingley and the rest of the cast that make up Austen's wonderful novel, P&P. We see the dances, the courtship, the etiquette and dresses from Austen's pages come to life and find that Amanda's presence tends to alter the story a bit. We have Mr. Collins marrying Jane and Mr. Wickham being the innocent with regards to his relationship with Darcy's sister and of course we have Darcy falling in love with Amanda - not at all following the storyline Austen created. There are some great moments, like when Caroline Bingley hits on Amanda and tells her that she will marry Darcy because society deems that the right thing to do, however her passionate feelings for women will require a bit of secrecy. And we have Elizabeth enjoying her time in the real world - she is working as a nanny and is now acquainted with the Jane Austen novel , P&P. Its wonderful to watch Amanda attempt to fit into a world that she thought she loved when she was reading about it at home, but is quite unsure about once she is living it. And it is quite lovely to see the characters of Amanda and Darcy falling in love and fighting against it. The ending is superb! A must watch for any Austen fanatic!!