The books vs. movies debate is always a popular one, but it's especially relevant to the works of Jane Austen since all six of her novels have made it to the big screen. With news that the zombie twist Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies movie is officially on, we're highlighting the original Pride and Prejudice plus the rest of Austen's works to see how the books and their film counterparts compare. Consider yourself a Jane Austen fan? Weigh in to let us know what you think: are the books better than the movies?
In Jane Austen's first work, 1811's Sense and Sensibility, the death of Mr. Dashwood leaves Mrs. Dashwood and her three daughters in a stressful financial situation. The two oldest daughters do their best to find suitors but their social status repeatedly holds them back.
1813's Pride and Prejudice, Austen's most famous work, follows the Bennet family — specifically, the sharp and witty Elizabeth. Despite a less-than-favorable first impression, Elizabeth finds herself taken with a man named Mr. Darcy after he proves his integrity.
Keira Knightley starred as Elizabeth in the 2005 film version opposite Matthew Macfayden as Mr. Darcy
Published in 1814, Mansfield Park tells the story of Fanny Price, a girl from a poor background who goes to live with her rich aunt and uncle at Mansfield Park. There, she starts to fall for her older cousin Edmund, so much so that she turns down a proposal from Henry, a handsome suitor.
In the 1999 film, Frances O'Connor stars as Fanny, Alessandro Nivola plays Henry, and Jonny Lee Miller plays Edmund.Source: MIramax
1815's Emma follows a clever, beautiful rich girl named Emma who loves to play matchmaker. When a setup for her friend Harriet falls through, Emma expects her to be devastated, but instead, Harriet confesses to loving Mr. Knightley. Feeling oddly jealous about their connection, Emma realizes that she, too, is in love with Mr. Knightley.
Gwyneth Paltrow stars as Emma in the 1996 film adaptation opposite Toni Colette as Harriet and Jeremy Northam as Mr. Knightley.Source: Miramax
Published posthumously in 1817, Northanger Abbey tells the story of Catherine Morland, who stays with a family in Bath. There, she meets a girl named Isabella and gets pursued by Isabella's brother, John. She also gets to know a handsome man named Henry, who lives at Northanger Abbey. Social status, lies, and an awkward love triangle complicate Catherine's circumstances until she finally reaches her happily ever after.
Felicity Jones stars as Catherine in the 2007 TV movie adaptation alongside Carey Mulligan as Isabella and J.J. Feild as Henry.Source: PBS
In 1818's Persuasion, the handsome Wentworth pursues Anne Elliot and eventually proposes, but she turns him down despite true love. When they're brought together again eight years later, the spark flares up again and she can't deny it.
The 2007 TV movie adaptation stars Sally Hawkins as Anne and Rupert Penry-Jones as Wentworth.Source: PBS