Several weeks ago, Jane Austen fans celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Pride and Prejudice.
There is something to be said about a miniseries that audiences and critics are talking about 20 years after its initial premiere.
The list below is the reasons why it has lasted as long as it has and continues to have a lasting legacy on period drama.
- Colin Firth: You knew this was coming. Darcy may have started out as a d-bag, but in the end, you root for him and Lizzy to find their happy ending. And of course, there is the lake scene.
- Jennifer Ehle: While Ms. Ehle is part of a long list of actresses to play Austen’s most famous heroine, she was and still is my favorite Lizzie. She in impertinent, intelligent, sarcastic, human but also loves her family despite their flaws and knows herself enough to know whom she would rather spend her life with.
- The miniseries is as close to book as you can get: It is as if Jane Austen, wherever she is, was watching over this production. It is absolute perfection.
- It still inspires new fan fiction, you tube videos, fan images and brings in new readers to Austen: If after 20 years, the miniseries still brings in new fans, I think they did it right.
Happy 20th Anniversary Pride and Prejudice!