Lost in Austen. Image Entertainment. 2009. Copy via Netflix.
The Plot: Amanda Price is a modern girl whose favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. Modern day life and love pale in comparison to Austen's world. Until a door opens and Elizabeth Bennet finds her way into Amanda's world; and Amanda finds herself in Elizabeth's home.
The Good: Imagine being in your favorite book. Meeting the characters, wearing the clothes. Sounds great, doesn't it?
It's actually the basis of many a Mary Sue story. Living with those people! Making sure the right things happen! Being part of a story!
Except, adding something new doesn't make things right. It can make it worse. So. much. worse. Amanda is no Mary Sue; everything she tries goes wrong. See, the first problem is Amanda arrives at the beginning of the book. Which means Elizabeth isn't there to help Jane with Mr. Bingley or to meet Darcy. It's up to Amanda! Who knows everything. And messes it all up royally.
Part of why Amanda messes it up is because she knows the end of the story. And instead of letting things happen on their own, she's giving spoilers (which aren't understood) and pushing people together well before they want to be together.
I laughed; I cringed at Amanda's missteps; and I cheered when things finally worked out. And I especially liked how this wasn't exactly Austen's world and people. We see a fuller world; a different perspective; and it's a hell of a lot of fun.
Those who watched via DVD and in America. Apparently, the rights to a certain song were not fully obtained. Which means the following scene does not appear on the DVD. Enjoy, Lost in Austen lovers. The setting: Amanda, trying to fit into the past/book world, gets put on the spot and has to sing.
Thanks to Monica for the recommendation.
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