The Highest-Rated Austen Adaptations

I am currently a member of a wonderful book club, Club Austen, where we are working our way through all of Jane Austen’s published works in chronological order. This has inspired me to seek out both film and novel adaptations of these books, but there are SO MANY!!! So, out of sheer curiosity, I have created a list of the most highly-rated book and screen Austen adaptations.

For this list, I am keeping to retellings and adaptations as opposed to continuations or spin offs as I feel these fall into a different category. I gathered information through various sources but include the top book retellings/adaptations based on Goodreads ratings and screen retellings/adaptations based on IMDB ratings.

*There is one particular “outlier” series that will be listed separately at the end due to its unusually high ratings compared to other titles on their particular lists. Goodreads ratings vary based on how many people have rated it, which partly accounts for this.


Sense and Sensibility

Books:

  1. Northland Cottage: Where the Heart Comes Home by A. P. Maddox (3.99 / 5)
  2. Sensible and Sensational (The Jane Austen Diaries Series) by Jenni James (3.86 / 5)
  3. Colonel Brandon’s Diary (Jane Austen Heroes Series) by Amanda Grange (3.79 / 5)
  4. Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility by Hillary Manton Lodge (3.75 / 5)
  5. Sense and Sensibility (The Austen Project) by Joanna Trollope (3.53 / 5)

Films:

  1. Sense and Sensibility – 2008 BBC Miniseries (8.1 / 10)
  2. Sense and Sensibility – 1995 Movie (7.7 / 10)
  3. Sense and Sensibility – 1981 BBC (6.8 / 10)

Pride and Prejudice – Competition was FIERCE for this one!

Books:

  1. Disappointed Hopes (A Fair Prospect 3 Part Series) by Cassandra Grafton (4.25 / 5)
  2. Longbourn’s Songbird by Beau North (4.2 / 5)
  3. Into Hertfordshire (Darcy’s Tale 3 Part Series) by Stanley Michael Hurd (4.13 / 5)
  4. Pride and Proposals by Victoria Kincaid (4.07 / 5)
  5. Unequal Affections: A Pride and Prejudice Retelling by Laraq S. Ormiston (4.04 / 5)

Films:

  1. Pride and Prejudice – 1995 BBC (9.0 / 10)
  2. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries – 2012 Web/Vlog Series (8.7 / 10)
  3. Pride and Prejudice – 2005 Hollywood Movie (7.8 / 10)

Mansfield Park

Books:

  1. Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson (3.83 / 5)
  2. The Trouble with Flirting by Claire LaZabnik (3.73 / 5)
  3. Edmund Bertram’s Diary (Jane Austen Heroes Series) by Amanda Grange (3.54 / 5)
  4. Mansfield Ranch (The Jane Austen Diaries Series) by Jenni James (3.53 / 5)
  5. Whatever Love Is (21st Century Austen Series) by Rosie Rushton (3.49 / 5)

Films:

  1. Metropolitan – 1990 Movie (7.4 / 10)
  2. Mansfield Park – 1999 (7.1 / 10)
  3. Mansfield Park – 1983 (6.8 / 10)

Emma

Books:

  1. Emmalee (The Jane Austen Diaries Series) by Jenni James (3.77 / 5)
  2. Interference by Kay Honeyman (3.76 / 5)
  3. Emma, Mr. Knightley, and Chili-Slaw Dogs (Jane Austen Takes the South Series) by Mary Jane Hathaway (3.73 / 5)
  4. Mr. Kightley’s Diary (Jane Austen Heroes Series) by Amanda Grange (3.6 / 5)
  5. Secret Schemes and Daring Dreams (21st Century Austen Series) by Rosie Rushton (3.41 / 5)

Films:

  1. Emma – 2009 BBC (8.1 / 10)
  2. Clueless – 1995 Movie (6.8 / 10)
  3. Emma – 1972 BBC Miniseries (6.8 / 10)

Northanger Abbey

Books:

  1. Henry Tilney’s Diary (Jane Austen Heroes Series) by Amanda Grange (3.78 / 5)
  2. Northanger Alibi (The Jane Austen Diaries Series) by Jenni James (3.71 / 5)
  3. Summer of Secrets (21st Century Austen Series) by Rosie Rushton (3.6 / 5)
  4. Northanger Abbey (The Jane Austen Project) by Val McDermid (3.06 / 5)

Films:

  1. Northanger Abbey – 2007 (7.3 / 10)
  2. Ruby in Paradise – 1993 Moveie (7.1 / 10)
  3. Northanger Abbey – 1987 BBC Episode (5.4 / 10)

Persuasion

Books:

  1. Persuaded (The Jane Austen Diaries Series) by Jenni James (3.89 / 5)
  2. For Darkness Shows the Stars (Series) by Diana Peterfreund (3.88 / 5)
  3. Persuaded by Misty Dawn Pulsipher (3.88 / 5)
  4. Once Upon a Second Chance by Marian Vere (3.87 / 5)
  5. Captain Wentworth’s Diary (Jane Austen Heroes Series) by Amanda Grange (3.76 / 5)

Films:

  1. Persuasion – 1995 (7.7 / 10)
  2. Persuasion – 2007 (7.6 / 10)
  3. Persuasion – 1971 BBC Miniseries (6.6 / 10)

 

Notable Series

The series that I find most interesting in this search has been the Amish Classics Series by Sarah Price. All of these books are significantly highly rated; however, each rating only consists of 72-330 ratings, significantly less than the other books. Because these are outliers, I didn’t feel that they should be in the main rankings, but because they are so highly rated in their niche, they are absolutely worth noting! This series covers retellings of Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Sense & Sensibility, and Mansfield Park.

 

What do you think? Is your favorite missing?
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