This week's Reader Question comes from Miss Jane Bennet from Classic Ramblings. Jane asks:
I was wondering what your thoughts are on sequels/adaptations of Jane Austen's work. Do you like/dislike them? Are there any particularly good ones?Jane also commented that this could also include spin-offs of Jane Austen's works.
|Lizzie Bennet in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (am I the only one that thinks it|
should be spelled Lizzy?)
Nevertheless, I shall answer this question.
I'm not much of a fan of spin-offs or sequels (and especially any modern retellings) of Jane Austen's work for a couple of reasons. For one thing, they are not from the original author, so (to me at least) all they are are speculations of how the story might have gone on. It would have been one thing if Jane Austen made a sequel to Pride and Prejudice since that would have been an official continuation of the story: Jane Austen knew her characters and knew how they would act or respond to certain situations. With sequels not from the original author, there is that chance that I might think, "Oh! Lizzy would have never done that!" or "C'mon! Wickham isn't that kind-hearted!"
|Screenshot from Lost in Austen|
Now, does this mean that I will never, ever read/watch a spin-off or sequel of a Jane Austen work? Not necessarily. After all, I have stated that I have seen some of The Lizzie Bennet diaries and that we own a copy of Lost in Austen. But if I watch a spin-off or a sequel, I would probably be more critical of it than if I was watching a faithful adaptation of a Jane Austen work.
What are your opinions on spin-offs and sequels? Are there any that you would recommend?
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