“The only way to get a man like Mr. Darcy is to make him up”- ‘Jane Austen’ fictionalized in Miss Austen Regrets
Before I say that I loved this little dramatized biography of Austen’s life (directed by Jeremy Lovering), I need to point out that it is a complete understatement. I spammed my friends to watch this, because it was so insightful and heartfelt. Obviously, any biographical material of Jane Austen (fictionalised or otherwise) will include great insight into Pride and Prejudice, by matter of association. Miss Austen Regrets is no exception and I completely loved the small snippets of Darcy that we got through this BBC film.
I’ve read some criticisms that Jane (played by Olivia Williams) is too sharp and mean in this production, with one user commenting on ImDb that Austen appeared “unpleasant, sarcastic and resentful” however I felt none of that. I thought she was real and witty, and reminded me very much of Elizabeth Bennet (as well as a smidgen of Emma Woodhouse and even Elinor Dashwood at times). Continue reading