Revisionist Jane Austen Adaptations are Taking the World by Storm

Adaptations of Jane Austen’s iconic novels are never going out of style and 2022 has given us quite a few. These revisionist adaptations put a spin on the actor’s iconic novels by exploring new themes or modernizing the setting and here are three that got everyone talking.

Fire Island

Fire Island draws inspiration from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but it’s a loosely-based, modern adaptation with tiny nods to the classic. It centers on a group of gay men embarking on a weeklong vacation to Fire Island, and it received high praise for its LGBT+ representation.

Persuasion

Unlike Fire Island, Persuasion was pretty polarizing, but you won’t be able to resist it if you’re a sucker for Jane Austen. It centers on a young woman who tries to reunite with a man whose proposal she once rejected, but with a modern spin that draws clear inspiration from Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag.

Sanditon

Unlike the previous two projects, this one is a TV show and it’s been around since 2019. This underrated period drama is based on the author’s unfinished manuscript, and it centers on a spirited young woman Charlotte Heywood, as she tries to reinvent herself after moving from her rural home to the seaside resort Sanditon.

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