Pride and Prejudice

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (2013)

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries Executive Producer and Co-Creator: Hank Green
Executive Producer and Co-Creator: Bernie Su
Producer: Jenni Powell
Writers: Margaret Dunlap, Kate Rorick
Transmedia Producer: Jay Bushman
100 Episodes, April 9, 2012 to March 28, 2013
DVD: Not Available
Other Formats: Available on the Lizzie Bennet Diaries YouTube Channel
Official Site

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Pride & Prejudice (2005) Studio/Network: Focus Features
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster
Director: Joe Wright
Screenplay by: Deborah Moggach
Soundtrack: Available
DVD: Available
Blu-ray(™): Available
Run Time: 2 hrs. 9 mins.
Official Site (Focus Features)

Bride and Prejudice (2004)

Bride and Prejudice Studio/Network: Miramax Films & Pathe Pictures
Producers: Deepak Nayar & Gurinder Chadha
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Screenplay by: Paul Mayeda Berges & Gurinder Chadha
Soundtrack: Available
DVD: Available
Run Time: 1 hr. 52 mins.

Pride and Prejudice (2003)

Pride and Prejudice: A Latter Day Comedy Studio/Network: Excel Entertainment Group
Producer: Jason Faller
Director: Andrew Black
Screenplay by: Anne Black, Jason Faller, & Katherine Swigert
Soundtrack: Available on CD
DVD: Available
VHS: Not Available
Run Time: 1 hr. 44 mins.

Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Pride and Prejudice (1995) Studio/Network: BBC and A&E
Producer: Sue Birtwistle
Director: Simon Langton
Screenplay by: Andrew Davies
Soundtrack: Available on CD
DVD: Available
Blu-ray(™): Available
VHS: Available
Run Time: 5 hrs.
Official Site (BBC)

Pride and Prejudice (1980)

Pride and Prejudice (1980) Studio/Network: BBC
Producer: Jonathan Powell
Director: Cyril Coke
Screenplay by: Fay Weldon
Soundtrack: Not available
DVD: Available
VHS: Available
Run Time: 3 hrs. 46 mins.

Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Pride and Prejudice (1940) Studio: MGM
Producer: Hunt Stromberg
Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Screenplay by: Aldous Huxley & Jane Murfin
Soundtrack: Not available
DVD: Available
VHS: Available
Run Time: 1 hr. 58 mins.

For Your Consideration...

Twilight (2008)

Author Stephenie Meyer, an avowed admirer of Jane Austen, based Twilight on events and characters in Pride and Prejudice. When 17-year-old Bella Swan moves to a new school, she must cope with the rudeness of Edward Cullen, her handsome science lab partner. Edward is rich and intelligent, but his behavior toward Bella is at first cold and silent. He also happens to be a vampire, though his family is “vegetarian”—they do not drink human blood. The story of the couple’s unexpected romance is told with biting wit, as befits the adaptation of a novel in the Austen tradition.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Helen Fielding admitted that she wrote the first Bridget Jones novel as an homage to Pride and Prejudice, and when the film was made, who but Colin Firth could be cast as Mark Darcy? He smoldered as well as he had done in the period film, and had a much better haircut, though the end of the movie was changed and is less like Pride and Prejudice than in Fielding’s novel.

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Janeite Nora Ephron wrote and directed this film, a remake of The Shop Around the Corner with influences of Pride and Prejudice. Meg Ryan plays Kathleen Kelly, owner of a small children’s bookstore, and Tom Hanks plays Joe Fox, whose family owns a large chain of bookshops that is forcing little stores like Kathleen’s out of business. They meet in an online chatroom and exchange anonymous e-mails; when they encounter one another in real life, not knowing that they are speaking with their e-mail buddy, they clash like another couple that Janeites love, Elizabeth and Darcy. Pride and Prejudice is Kathleen’s favorite novel; it is directly referenced several times in the film, and Joe reads the book (with Colin Firth on the cover!) to try to better understand her. See if you can spot a small homage to the 1980 BBC miniseries near the end of the film.

Wishbone: “Furst Impressions”

Wishbone was a children’s television show broadcast on PBS in the 1990s, featuring a Jack Russell terrier named Wishbone with a very active imagination. When Wishbone’s young owner’s life reflects classic literature, Wishbone takes the lead in acting out the work in question. He plays Mr. Darcy in “Furst Impressions,” the Wishbone adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and proves that every savage can indeed dance. These shows are currently being rebroadcast on PBS in some markets; as the saying goes, check your local listings!

Further Reading

“Will You Dance?”: Film Adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, by Nora Stovel

The Degeneration of Mr. Bingley by Sally B. Palmer

When Darcy Is a Dog: How Wishbone Introduces Children to Jane Austen by Eleanor Hersey Nickel

Ideology in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries by Lori Halvorsen Zerne

Variations on a Theme: Openings, Closings, and Returns in Pride & Prejudice, by Raffaella Antinucci

The Liberation of Elizabeth Bennet in Joe Wright’s Pride & Prejudice, by Susan D. Fraiman

The Closeness of Sisters: Imagining Cassandra and Jane, by Juliette Wells

The Jane Austen - Twilight Zone, by Shirley Kinney and Wallis Kinney

Mr. Collins on Screen: Jane Austen’s Legacy of the Ridiculous, by Mary Chan

Mrs. Bennet’s Legacy: Austen’s Mothers in Film and Fiction, by June Sturrock

Lady Bathurst’s Patriotic Ballroom, or “Reading Austen at a Distance”, by Gillian Dow

Appropriating Austen: Localism on the Global Scene, by Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield

“It’s not a put-down, Miss Bennet; it’s a category”: Andrew Black’s Chick Lit Pride and Prejudice, by Jennifer Mary Woolston

Joe Wright’s 2005 film Pride & Prejudice is the subject of a special edition of JASNA’s journal Persuasions On-Line Volume 27, No. 2. The essays provide in-depth discussions of this film adaptation of the novel.

Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy: Art Imitating Art . . . Imitating Art, by Cecilia Salber

What Meets the Eye: Landscape in the Films Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, by Sue Parrill

Austen Novels and Austen Films: Incompatible Worlds?, by Patrice Hannon

Pride and Prejudice: An Informal History of the Garson-Olivier Motion Picture, by Kenneth Turan

Interview with Anne Rutherford (Lydia), Marsha Hunt (Mary), and Karen Morley (Charlotte Lucas), by Kenneth Turan