Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. Nearly 200 years after her death, her six novels still hold true and inspire scores of faithful readers. If you’re in need of a quick Jane Austen fix you’re in luck; there are tons of Jane Austen related movies and television specials available on Netflix.
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Are you a Jane Austen fan? I love the way she uses everyday life to tell moral stories. I am also in awe of her language use and the way she weaves humor into her works. Plus, let’s face it, in our hectic world it’s nice to unwind with a quiet, gentle story.
Austen's novels have also spurred a mini-media empire. Her works have been the inspiration for a great number of movies and television shows. Netflix offers twelve different Austen-related movies between their DVD and Streaming plans.
When the kids get to be too much or you need a break from the 21st century I recommend relaxing my delicious apple cinnamon scones, a nice cup of tea and a few of these classic (and not so classic) Austen movies. In no time at all you’ll be relaxed and ready to easy back into modern life!
Easy Apple Cinnamon Scones Recipe
I love scones! They are easy to prepare and delicious. I make this easy recipe for apple cinnamon scones with oatmeal, coconut oil and diced apple. The flavor is amazing and the oatmeal and coconut oil make this scone much healthier than your average baked good.
Jane Austen Movies
For your viewing pleasure I hope you check out a few of these Jane Austen inspired movies from Netflix. Some are directly based on her novels and some are based on her life. I have grouped them by novel or as “Austen Inspired.”
Austen Inspired Movies
The Jane Austen Book Club – (Netflix DVD) -Five women and one man get together to discuss the Austen’s novels in this romantic comedy. They discover that the heartaches of Emma, Mr. Darcy and the Bennet sisters are not so different from their own and find comfort, wit and wisdom in the pages of the novels and each other.
Becoming Jane – (Netflix DVD) – This fictionalized account of Jane Austen’s life, starring Anne Hathaway, imagines the author as 20, in love, and on the path that leads her to write to Pride and Prejudice.
Austenland – (Netflix DVD) – Jane Hayes, a Jane Austen superfan, spends her life savings on a trip to Austenland, an Austen inspired resort in an attempt to master life and love.
Sense and Sensibility Inspired Movies
Sense and Sensibility – (Netflix DVD) – Emma Thompson stars in this classic adaptation of Jane Austen's novel about two sisters' search for love in strict Victorian society.
Scents and Sensibility – (Netflix DVD) – Two formerly wealthy sisters are forced to take on menial work when their father goes to jail. Luckily, they come up with a sweet-smelling business idea to save themselves from financial ruin.
From Prada to Nada – (Netflix DVD) – Spoiled sisters Nora and Mary live the good life in Beverly Hills until their dad unexpectedly dies. They are forced to move in with an estranged aunt in East LA, while they learn about their roots and real life.
Pride and Prejudice Inspired Movies
Death Comes to Pemberley – This 2011 novel by P.D. James's begins six years after Pride and Prejudice. The tale follows Elizabeth and Darcy through a mystery that threatens their blissful six years of marriage.
Bridget Jones's Diary – Based on the novel by Helen Fielding (which was loosely based on Pride and Prejudice), this movie follows Bridget Jones on her hilarious odyssey from Mr. Wrong to Mr. Right.
Lost in Austen – (Netflix DVD) – Modern romantic Amanda Price yearns for the world written about by Jane Austen; one fateful evening she and Elizabeth Bennet switch lives! As the plot of Pride and Prejudice unfolds before her, Amanda accidentally triggers new twists and turns while trying to make sure Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy fall in love.
Mansfield Park Inspired Movies
Mansfield Park – Fanny Price navigates life as the poor relation send to live with wealthy English relatives. Fanny learns about love, intellect and moral behavior as she grows up with her four cousins and their friends.
Emma Inspired Movies
Emma – (Netflix DVD) – Emma is wealthy and mischievous beauty who inadvertently tangles up her friends lives as she tries to pair them into love matches. Eventually the mess is resolved and Emma herself finds love.
Clueless – Wealthy and beautiful Cher (a 20th century version of Emma) learns about life and love in this modern, valley-girl adaptation of the novel Emma.
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