Accuracy issues in three adaptations of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"

Gambari, Linnea (2008) Accuracy issues in three adaptations of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice". BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    I have always been interested in the way in which novels are adapted for the screen, particularly novels by Jane Austen. Once I saw the new adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice" (Wright, 2005) in 2005, I realised that I wanted to research adaptations of "Pride and Prejudice" further. This would help me to understand what it is of Jane Austen's books in particular that make her so appealing to filmmakers and whether the interpretations can actually be considered accurate to the source novel. Firstly, I thought that it was necessary to discuss of the first adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice" (Leonard, 1940) ever to have been on the screen. This would help me realise if there was something about the late thirties that made an adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice" particularly appealing, establishing how far society and the film industry can end up affecting the plot. Secondly, I realised that were I to write of "Pride and Prejudice" adaptations, the extremely popular 1995 BBC adaptation would need to be mentioned. The effect that Mr Darcy had on the press and the public at the time was exceptional. Colin Firth has, in fact, had to impersonate the character since in the film "Bridget Jones's Diary" (Maguire, 2001) as well as its sequel "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" (Kidron, 2004). This adaptation would illustrate how changes in a character influence the plot. Thirdly, I considered it to be important to mention the most recent adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice" (Wright, 2005) to establish how it was influenced by previous adaptations, as well as how mise-en-scene can put into question accuracy issues. Through my research and textual analysis of the three adaptations I have realised that in some respect none of them can be called accurate, but that it is necessary to realise that a change in medium is bound to affect the narrative in one way or another. Nevertheless, I believe that the 1995 BBC adaptation is the one that can be considered most accurate to the plot this being mainly due to the time it has at its disposal.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14

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