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This past week TV network the CW have announced that they will be adapting Jane Austen's works in a series of one-hour long 'modern reimaginings'. The CW, best known for producing hit dramas and teen shows such as Gossip Girl, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Gilmore Girls, will anthologise the novels in a collection called Modern Austen.

Do we really need another 'modern reimagining' of Austen's work? Many have been critical of constant attempts to 'reimagine' Austen's novels. After all, what's wrong with a good old-fashioned Regency period version? Perhaps, you're more of a "the more the merrier" type. Modern reimaginings have given us such gems as Clueless and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. The CW's reputation for 'sexy' teen dramas might be cause for concern for Austen traditionalists, but you could also view this as a great opportunity to get more teenagers reading Austen's work, and who doesn't love a bit of melodramatic romance?

What do you think? Are you looking forward to these new adaptations, or is this one going to be a pass for you?

 Ellen White is editor of the Jane Austen Centre blog. She would love to hear from you! Check out our Submission Guidelines and get in touch.



I never look at the modern adaptations, I am a traditionalist through and through.

Ruth Brown December 02, 2020

I love checking out all the different offerings of Austens works, film and books.. But cant say I loved them all.

Sonia November 24, 2020

Hi, in answer to your question about reimagining Jane Austen stories. I personally am a traditionalist and only watch well written Austen adaptations in the traditional period. I cannot appreciate a modern adaptation, could be my age. I’ve enjoyed all the classics, as well as “Lost in Austen”, which was wonderful. Just my opinion.

Carol Green November 24, 2020

Definitely a pass!!!!

Teresa Broderick November 24, 2020

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