We recently discontinued our DirectTV service, which was about $80/mo, and instead purchased a Roku box for each of our two main TVs, at a one-time price of about $60 each. I won't go into explaining Roku, as I don't really know all the ins and outs and it would take too long. But if you'd like to save a lot of money over your cable/satellite, you really should look into it.
Because of Roku and our Netflix and other subscriptions we got to go with it, I've discovered a lot of shows I didn't know existed. A few days ago I stumbled on Lost in Austen. Originally a British mini-series, the Netflix/DVD version is a three hour movie.
I am a big Pride and Prejudice fan, as is Amanda in Lost in Austen. She is tired of her modern-day London life and her unromantic boyfriend. One evening she finds Elizabeth Bennet, the heroine of P&P, in her bathroom; she has stumbled upon a portal from her world to present-day London. Amanda and Elizabeth trade places.
Does it make sense (even if you believed in time-travel portals)? No, and Amanda doesn't get it either. P&P is a novel, not history. But she finds herself in 19th century England at the very beginning of the P&P story and a guest of the Bennet family as a "friend" of Elizabeth who, she tells them, has gone away to write a book.
Amanda, of course, knows how the story should go, but her very presence is changing the plot. Though she tries, she can't get it back on course, and the P&P characters make different choices than Jane Austen originally wrote.
If you are a hard-core Jane Austen fan who will tolerate no monkey-business when it comes to her writings, you might not like this movie. I, on the other hand, thought it was funny and creative and did a good job of staying true to JA's characters while going down a "what if?" rabbit trail. There are a few surprises that aren't in the book, such as Mr. Bennet's first name and the "truth" behind the Wickham/Georgiana scandal. To quote Amanda, "Jane Austen would be fairly surprised to find she'd written that!".
Two thumbs up!