Have you worn out your 6 VHS box set of BBC's Pride and Prejudice? Watched it so much on your Netflix queue that some family members wonder if there is anything else that you will ever watch? Or maybe you are looking for something besides Colin Firth dripping wet after diving into the pond.
Whatever your reason, you may find yourself looking for something else to watch for a few hours. Here is a list of movies that give you that same glorious feeling of love and loathing while putting it in different perspectives. And luckily, most of these can be found on Netflix as well!
BBC's North and South (2004)
If you are not quite ready to leave the period dramas, this is definitely the one to start with. North and South created by the BBC (not to be confused with the American movie of the same name) was a four episode mini-series based on Elizabeth Gaskell's novel. It is similar to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, with both leads having preconceptions that would change over the course of the film of each other, a loathing on the part of the girl, and even a botched proposal. If you are looking for a movie with a lot of the same undertones, as well as a lot to learn about class and status, this is definitely the movie for you. And if the lead male looks familiar, you are probably a fan of The Hobbit, that is Richard Armitage who played Thorin. if you are a fan of his this is defintely a must watch.
Jane Eyre (2011)
Starring Michael Fassbender, of X-men: First Class fame, this is another period piece to get you in the mood. An overbearing man looking for someone to tutor his young ward, he flat out tells Jane that she is plain and thinks himself handsome. She finds herself angry with the man a lot, but grows to care about him over time as they get to know each other. However, he is hiding a dark secret that may break her trust in him forever and keep the two apart. A good movie, and surprising story, this is a good movie that is period but gets a little further away from the ideas set by Pride and Prejudice
Based on another one of Jane Austen's novels, Emma, Clueless is the story about a girl who tries to help her friends and family in all aspects of their life, from their wardrobe to their hair and even to their love lives. Cher could very easily have become an annoying character, but Alicia Silverstone is charming and has a fun personality that makes you empathise with Cher and wish she was your best friend.
With familiar faces such as Paul Rudd, Breckin Meyer, Donald Faison and the late Brittany Murphy, this is a movie that should be required watching for every teenage girl with it's humor, insight and heart
Is this a movie you should skip? As Cher and her friends would say
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Unfortunately, this is one movie that you can't find on Netflix, but is definitely a movie that you should watch.
Starring the late Heath Ledger, this movie was based on the Shakespeare play The Taming of the Shrew and follows Bianca and Cat through their days in high shool. Bianca can't date until her older sister Cat does, and so she tricks the boy she likes into having Patrick get paid to take Cat out. It sounds convoluted, but the plot is easy to follow once you are watching it. You see Bianca fight for herself, Cat stay true to who she is, and there is an amazing scene where Heath Ledger serenades Julia Stiles with "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" which, for that alone, is worth the price of renting
Bridget Jones' Diary (2001)
By this point, however, you may be missing Elizabeth's wit and Darcy's smoldering glances. What better way to start your way back towards that than with Bridget Jones' Diary? A modern day Pride and Prejudice, it has all the things that the original movie does, with a scheming liar trying to get into her heart, or rather her pants, an insufferable mother, and not to be outdone, but not only is there a Mister Darcy, but they were able to bring Colin Firth in from the mini-series to reprise his role as Darcy in the modern day.
With humor and an awkward poise, Bridget is the kind of girl that you feel like you have known your whole life, or that you are. She is self conscious, always trying to better herself, and has a way with words that is as biting as Jane Austen's pen
Once you have made your way through the list, grab yourself a glass of wine, a pint of ice cream, or whatever comfort you take while watching a great romance, and enjoy your 6 hour break from reality with Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett, waiting once again to fall in love.