In the 1980s and 90s it is likely that many more people came to Jane Austen through film and television than encountered her books directly. Critical opinion on the film and television adaptations was divided. Purists and Janeites were appalled by changes made to character, setting, dialogue, and tone, and by the inevitable loss of the narrative voice. Others felt than any Jane Austen was better than none, and applauded whatever made her work popular and/or accessible. Adaptations range from reverent and even pedantic (and sometimes dull) BBC series which follow the texts almost verbatim, to films which take characters or situations from the novels and transplant them to modern-day settings and different preoccupations.
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