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Austen and Her Readers in Film & Other Media

It seems that lately not only has Jane Austen's life been continued to be portrayed in film (e.g. Becoming Jane, 2007; The Real Jane Austen, 2002; Miss Austen Regrets, 2008) but also fans of Jane Austen are now being portrayed more frequently in film (e.g. Lost in Austen, 2008; The Jane Austen Book Club, 2007).  What do you think of this phenomenon?  Do these films make you cringe?  Think twice?  Appreciate Austen more, or less?
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I just ordered Becoming Jane from Netflix to watch sometime.  Has anyone seen it?
 
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No, I haven't seen that one.  I think the only one I've seen was Miss Austen Regrets, which was part of the recent PBS Austen marathon.  It was interesting.  I always have thought of Jane Austen as being rather sedate and serious in life, although she has such a wicked sense of humor in her writing, but in that presentation, she was fun-loving and almost giddy at times.  I wonder what was the truth.
 
I also read the first few novels in Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen mystery series, with Austen as the amateur sleuth.  I quite enjoyed them.  I think that Barron researched Jane's life and times well, and the character was in line with how I would expect Austen to be.  Some of those series are not good; I tried one with Louisa May Alcott as the sleuth and didn't much care for it, and a series with Elizabeth Tudor just didn't seem at all realistic to me, but this one I really enjoyed.  I thought the series had ended, but I guess my book club just stopped offering them.
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I actually really enjoyed The Jane Austen Book Club. I thought that the movie was fabulous and well made. I loved the fact that each month they focused on one Jane novel and you saw how the characters related to the characters in the novel. And, Mansfield Park, the British movie with Johnny Lee Miller is fabulous. Then again, the Brits ALWAYS get the Jane novels into well made movies. But especially this one.
 
If you haven't seen it, I highly recommened it. Fabulous movie.
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