Jane Austen's books-turned-movies

Fun fact: some of your favorite rom-coms stem directly from Jane Austen's most famous works

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These classic rom-coms are inspired by Jane Austen's works.

Sense and Sensibility = Material Girls 

The plot of Austen's first novel follows a trio of spoiled sisters after the death of their father and loss of their inheritance. Left nearly penniless, they are forced to rebuild their lives. In the 2006 movie Material Girls starring Hilary and Haylie Duff, the classic story is reimagined to involve spoiled heiresses who suddenly do not have their family fortune when a scandal wrecks the cosmetic company's market value and they must work to rebuild the empire.  

Emma = Clueless 

Emma Woodhouse is a young self-proclaimed matchmaker who takes Harriet under her wing and promises to find her a worthy husband. Meanwhile, Emma's brother-in-law, Mr. Knightly, tries to convince her to keep her nose out of others' business. Emma's matchmaking eventually fails, and she realizes that she is in love with Mr. Knightly. Clueless follows the storyline of Emma. Cher, played by Alicia Silverstone, is a well-liked but self-absorbed teenager living in L.A. who sets her sights on finding a suitable boyfriend for new girl, Tai (Brittany Murphy). Mr. Knightly takes the form of Josh, Cher's former stepbrother, who is critical of Cher's meddling in Tai's business. 

Pride & Prejudice = Bridget Jones's Diary 

The story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy's journey from adversaries to lovers has become a beloved classic and Austen's most famous work by far. The plot centers around five Bennet sisters, particularly the witty and charming Elizabeth, and the situations they find themselves when they reach an age typical for marriage. The 2001 film Bridget Jones's Diary gives a significant face-lift to the novel while keeping the same narrative arc of the classic love story. It follows 30-year-old Bridget Jones as she struggles to turn her love life around and ends up meeting her own Darcy.  

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