Sunday, April 17, 2016

10 Best Puppies in Jane Austen Adaptations

We just recorded a new episode of An Hour with Your Ex: Pride & Podcasts, and we basically wrote love letters to Emma Thompson for an hour. You should listen because I didn't even know I loved Emma Thompson that much until I started talking about it. You probably love her that much too.

Mid-episode we discussed the delightful number of dogs in Sense & Sensibility, and Mel said she thought this was the only adaptation with puppies and was incredulous when we told her she was wrong. So then I decided that instead of getting all the really overdue, important work done that I need to do - I would prove Mel wrong. Some things are just more important than important work things.

I only looked through the ones I have watched (which are the good ones). If you are really into the 2007 remakes, write your own blog. Of course, this is only reviewing the very direct, human adaptations. If you're looking for the best dog in the adaptation business, you go here. And here. Duh.

#10 Pride & Prejudice hunting dogs

These two make a couple of appearances with Mr. Bingley. They're the cutest.

#9 Lady Bertram's pup in Mansfield Park


This ugly mug shows up at the very end to be handed to, and then sit on, Lady Bertram while Fanny Price and Edmund wrap up the story for us. Maybe I would have liked this movie better if the dog got more screen time.

#8 Sunning archery pups

Gwyneth Paltrow's British accent is the.worst, but I love everything else about this Emma, and I'm hella impressed that she single-handedly brought back the empire waist even though it is flattering on almost nobody.  If you're going to practice archery in the sunshine next to a beautiful lake, you should probably bring these lounging delights along.

#7 Mr. Darcy and this stoop sitter

He's not my favorite Mr. Darcy (how could he be?), and this is probably my least favorite film due to my aversion to Kiera Knightly, but Matthew Macfadyen looks pretty adorbs next to this tall drink of water.

#6 Howling pup

This guy makes a cameo as Mary does a number on the crowd at the ball. I love a good "your voice is terrible" bit.

#5 Mrs. Dashwood's lapdog

As I mentioned, Emma Thompson is flawless and the screenplay for S&S is perfection. Swapping out Mrs. Dashwood's child for a tiny dog with pointy ears was such a perfect call. Smug-ass ladies don't have snot-nosed children. They have tiny dogs.

#4 Flashback hunting dogs

Baby Darcy and Baby Wickham fish and tromp through the woods with these two floppy eared muffins.

#3 Doggie barouche

This scene is one of my faves. My mom has a friend, Platinum Barb, who is basically Mrs. Jennings and who would also absolutely just pile every single pup in the carriage just to run errands.

#2 Lizzie's confidant 

Lizzie B. ends up at Netherfield with a bunch of people she can't even with, so she does what ever sensible girl does, and makes friends with the household pets. 

#1 Emma's glorious basket of barn puppies.

Like I said, Emma is pretty incredible in terms of depicting just how good the landed gentry had it back then. Back then, you could spend your entire day just snuggling a pile of barn puppies in a gorgeous dress with your friends.

Puppies and Jane Austen. This is the best way to start a week. Do you have any builds/arguments for the order of this list? Let's hear them! Thank you to Lizzie for inspiring this blog post!

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She's pint-sized and amazing.