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I admit it, I like Jane Austen. Only problem is, after reading too much of her stuff, I start thinking in Jane Austen-speak and then have to try not to verbalise it. I’ve seen the BBC miniseries of Pride and Prejudice too many times to mention and watched many BBC adaptations of her other novels. I may not have paid much attention the first time I saw Emma, but that’s another story. So when I heard of the miniseries Lost in Austen, of course I was going to watch it.

There is a flaw in the logic of watching all things Jane Austen related, though. It also means that I watched Jane Austen Book Club, which was not so good. And the Keira Knightly version of Pride and Prejudice. Maybe I’ve just seen the BBC miniseries too many times, but I thought that Keira’s Lizzie was silly and giggly – she seemed more like she should have been playing Lydia to me. Oh well. Other people enjoyed it. I did like Becoming Jane, so it’s not all bad. Not sure I’ll be reading this though.

Anyway, back to Lost in Austen. I was very interested to see how this would work, because it’s about a modern woman who accidentally trades places with Elizabeth Bennet. I wasn’t sure whether they’d be able to pull it off and still keep the characters faithful to the original. They succeeded, mostly. There were a few omissions, Like Mr and Mrs Hurst, who weren’t really that important for the story anyway. Lady Catherine De Burgh was decidedly younger than she’d previously been portrayed. And kind of funny-bitchy. Also, some of the scenarios in Pride and Prejudice are shown to be not quite as they seem (I wont say what’s changed, because I don’t want to ruin the story if you haven’t seen it). It’s pretty clever. I found Mr Darcy slightly too stiff for my liking, I think he thawed a little more in the novel. And Mary and Kitty were really quite pointless. I suppose they couldn’t leave them out altogether. My favourite character would have to be Wickham though. He was still a bit of a cad, but he was also a little cheeky. I would definitely have picked him over Darcy – he seemed like more fun (and he was hotter, too). I suppose that’s why they don’t get me to write this stuff (well, that and the fact that my writing skills are average at best).

Here’s where we first meet Wickham: