15 years ago, my heart was all aflutter at the sight of a sodden Mr Darcy striding across the lawns of Pemberley in the TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. In my mind this has remained the best visual adaptation of Jane Austen’s most famous novel.
With her works out of copyright, Austen’s books are freely adapted, with mixed results. There has been Bride and Prejudice, the Bollywood version, Lost in Austen and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The latest adaptation to emerge is Pride and Prejudice the Wild and Wanton version.
This has involved a romance writer writing additional text snippets (in bold so as to distinguish from the original text) in order to enhance the story. Sometimes the text is designed to reveal deeper thoughts of the characters, almost spelling out the plot (as if it were a paint-by-numbers Hollywood movie). In other cases the additional text certainly raunches up the story- Lydia’s escapade with Wickham is explored in intimate detail, for example.
If you’re an Austen purist, you may wish to give this one a miss- or in fact, you may wish to read it to tut tut over the artistic licence. It’s worth a read, if only to see what Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet do get up to…