Random Review of the Day -Lost In Austen

It's an odd thing when you don't want Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy to get together. But alas, in this silly, skewered adaptation, that's what happens. They simply don't belong together. Of course things have to be different in this TV series. After all, when a die-hard fan of Pride and Prejudice gets trapped in the world of her favorite book (after the naughty, scheming Elizabeth locks her in there and stays in the modern world), you can't not change things.

As it is, everything changes. Elizabeth and Darcy fail to meet, poor Jane suffers even more, Wickham is actually likable and not as big of a douche as we thought, Mr. Collins is creepier than he's ever been, and all the events that happened before don't happen here.

As a plot, this is great. As a series...er...it could have been a lot better. The scenery was beautiful, the plot good, but the execution was lacking. I had trouble feeling any connection to the characters, or even getting to know them. Amanda, our modern girl, was okay. Elizabeth actually came off as somewhat unlikeable to me, and, surprise surprise, Wickham was my favorite character!


But he was charming, and the actor himself seems charming. I watched the behind-the-scenes featurette. I love that guy.

As for the rest of the cast, they're good, but they can't make a mediocre story mesh all the time. I thought Alex Kingston and Hugh Bonneville were great. Hugh Bonneville is a favorite of mine, and I adore him in whatever he's in. The guy who plays Darcy is a little swoon-worthy...eventually. Bingley is a cutie, a daft cutie with almost no backbone. Poor Jane.

Wickham, Darcy, and Bingley

It is an interesting endeavor; a die-hard fan of Pride and Prejudice finds herself trapped in its world and screwing up what's supposed to happen. They could have done a better job with it, though. The story didn't always flow, and it could have been shorter. If you love Pride and Prejudice like I do, this isn't a must-see, but it's still worth a look if you're curious.

My grade -C+