Jane Austen World-Supersized Darcy!
I have always loved the concept of The Jane Austen World. Obviously established by the books and adapted by lots of different TV and Film companies. People have always been in love with Jane Austen and her epic love stories.
There is just soemthing about that world that makes me crave the experiecnce. To walk around in beautiful dresses tailored to your exact figure and enhanced by corsets. Definitely a very simple way of life with not much entertainment accept for the outdoors and sewing. In order to entertain themselves the elite would hold dinner parties or balls to socialise and keep their status alive.
In all honesty, having been bought up in a world run by media, I think if I was to be able to go back in time and actually live in Jane Austen’s life, I would be incredibly bored. However I would love to go back for just one day and experience everything. It all seems much easier back in that time. You did not have to worry about work if you were a woman, and your love life would consist of a breif flirtation, before being proposed to and spending your life with your first sort-of boyfriend. I guess it would be harder in some ways for example, if you had fallen in love with the person, you thought, was the man of your dreams. Then you start having problems and he turns into something you definitely cannot live with. There is no way that you can get out of the situation, unless you want to segregate yourself from society and any money that you have, to live a life of poverty and shame.
The element that appeals to me is not only the simplistic idea of love and relationships, but also the element of fun. The outdoor games were enjoyed by everyone. Even if you were not playing you would still be watching whilst drinking lemonade in the sun. Not to mention the amazing balls that you would attend. With lavish dresses and posh surroundings it woiuld be hard not to be impressed.
Was Jane Austen’s written life real? Or did she embellish in order to entertain?
We have seen snippets of her life and accounts that imply she might have had a love affair with someone that she could not be with. However famously her characters always acheive what they want. Is this because she wrote about what she wanted, but could not have?
She famously quoted: ‘My characters shall have, after a little trouble, all that they desire.’
So was all that she wrote a lie? Was the amazing love that she created realistic? Or was she such an amazing writer that she was able to convince people of a love that did not ring true in the real world? I mean some of the couples would have been frowned upon in that kind of society. Such as a woman with a very low income marrying well above her station. The rich tended to marry the rich and the poor married the poor, this is what kept the divide in society so wide.
There is something so beuatiful and modern about the relationship between Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. With all the odds stacked against them and a mutual loathing at first, they finally realise that they indeed love one another and end up in each others arms. Beautiful and tragic at times, Elizabeth really does get what she wants and deserves in the end. In the same way through the story of Emma, Jane Austen explores the angst of a teenager and her quest to find happiness for others. Yet when it comes to herself she is clueless of what is standing right in front of her. The relationships that Jane creates are magical for us as readers.
Here are a list of adaptions for Tv and Film that I think really work and would impress Jane Austen:
Emma (1996) starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam. By the end of the film you are yearning for the two characters to end up together.
Sense and Sensibility (1995) starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. They both play the poor sisters looking for love amongst a society of rich men. Following the electric relationship between Emma and Hugh Grant they bring the love between the two characters of Elinor and Edward to life.
Mansfield Park (1999) starring Frances O Connor and Jonny Lee Miller. A brilliant adaptation of the well known novel that follows the growing love between Fanny and Edmond.
Lost In Austen (2008) This Tv Series follows modern girl Amanda on her journey back in time to the Jane Austen period.
Pride and Prejudice (1995) The original BBC series that has become famous for that notorious lake scene.
Or if you would like to get a bit more close and personal make your way to Hyde Park, where they have installed a large model of Mr Darcy in a white shirt emerging from the lake.
I cannot wait to see it, my dream is coming true!!
- Lady Susan by Jane Austen (onereaderathousandlives.wordpress.com)
- Austen Takes The South, Book Review (stellawheat.wordpress.com)
- Jane Austen’s House (mrsbongle.com)
- Hot off the Press! ~ Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine, No.64 (janeausteninvermont.wordpress.com)
- Review: What Matters in Jane Austen? by John Mullan (diaryofaneccentric.wordpress.com)
- Mr Darcy surfaces as statue in London lake (guardian.co.uk)
- How Jane Austen ruined all real guys for me…not that I mind. (niesbixby.wordpress.com)
- The movie”Emma” (srw2013sumire.wordpress.com)
- ‘Austenland’ Trailer: Keri Russell Is Obsessed With All Things Jane Austen (news.moviefone.com)
- Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy Statue Unveiled Emerging From Serpentine Lake (contactmusic.com)