I have just been to see Pride and Prejudice for the second time, this time with an avowed Austen fan who studied P&P at A level. (The first time I went with cyberkitten who is an Austen virgin! :-) )
Well, she said (as I waited with bated breath for her announcement), it's not quite the book, but it's better than the BBC version!!
Good Lord, and there's everyone else telling me the BBC version (which I haven't seen) is much better than the new film.....how about that then.........?
I like the new film (Keira Knightly, Donald Sutherland). It's fun and quirky with enough lateral translation of Austen to make it palatable for today's audience. Of course it's dumbed down; not many people read Austen these days - although as fan-friend says, this will pull more to Austen's work!
[wanders off to find Austen omnibus and read all about Elizabeth and Darcy in the original format]
Perhaps new versions of Northanger Abbey, Emma and Sense and Sensibility might be on the cards? :-) Couldn't hurt....