Netflix Dumbs Down Classic ‘Persuasion’ With Snarky Millennial Girlboss

Netflix Dumbs Down Classic ‘Persuasion’ With Snarky Millennial Girlboss


Readers of Jane Austen know her as a remarkable literary talent whose explorations of the complex relationships between love and duty and family and society have made her just as readable today as she was in the 19th century. According to Netflix, however, she’s a millennial self-help guru who just wants everyone to love themselves.

The streaming service’s “Persuasion,” the latest in a long line of lackluster Austen film adaptations, is more “Bridgerton” than Austen, though that might be an insult to “Bridgerton.” Its heroine is a sarcastic wine lover who flirts awkwardly and trips on walks – just like you and me!

Instead of considering Austen’s take on class, duty, and character, Netflix’s “Persuasion” wants you to consider what life would be like in a society

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