As regular Risky Regencies readers know, on the first Tuesday of every month, we discuss a film or TV adaptation of Jane Austen, or some other Regency-interest film.

We have now run through all the commonly-watched Austen adaptations (and a few less-common ones), plus a smattering of non-Austen flicks. So…what next?

I couldn’t fail to notice that as we moved from the more recent Austen adaptations to the older ones (and the non-Austen ones), the discussions lagged. (The fewest comments came in our discussion of Cranford, and the most from the 1995 Pride & Prejudice.) This makes me leery of doing, say, the 1971 Persuasion or the 1972 Emma…

So after trying to figure out what would stimulate discussion — Scarlet Pimpernel movies? Specific Sharpe or Hornblower movies? — I decided to ask you, our faithful readers.

So let’s have it: which of the following would you have seen & have something to say about, assuming you knew a month ahead of time what would be discussed? (Or are there any you’d like to suggest which aren’t on the list?)

1971 BBC Persuasion
1981 BBC Sense & Sensibility
1983 BBC Mansfield Park
1972 BBC Emma
Installments of the recent Horatio Hornblower series (with Ioan Gruffudd)
Installments of the Sharpe series
Scarlet Pimpernel (please specify which one: Leslie Howard, David Niven, Anthony Andrews, or Richard E. Grant)
Beau Brummel (1954)
Princess Caraboo (1994)
A Royal Scandal (1996 — about the Regent’s marriage)

For purposes of clarity, this is the list of what we’ve already discussed:


Pride and Prejudice (1940, 1980, 1995, 2005)
Sense & Sensibility (1995, 2008)
Northanger Abbey (1986, 2007)
Emma (1996, 1997)
Mansfield Park (1999, 2007)
Persuasion (1995, 2007)


Looking forward to hearing your opinions!

Cara King, whose geek interests range from Regency to SF to movies…

About Elena Greene

Elena Greene grew up reading anything she could lay her hands on, including her mother's Georgette Heyer novels. She also enjoyed writing but decided to pursue a more practical career in software engineering. Fate intervened when she was sent on a three year international assignment to England, where she was inspired to start writing romances set in the Regency. Her books have won the National Readers' Choice Award, the Desert Rose Golden Quill and the Colorado Romance Writers' Award of Excellence. Her Super Regency, LADY DEARING'S MASQUERADE, won RT Book Club's award for Best Regency Romance of 2005 and made the Kindle Top 100 list in 2011. When not writing, Elena enjoys swimming, cooking, meditation, playing the piano, volunteer work and craft projects. She lives in upstate New York with her two daughters and more yarn, wire and beads than she would like to admit.
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