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Love & Friendship: Jane Austen’s LADY SUSAN Adaptation

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Jamie Canaves

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Jamie Canavés is the Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator and Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter writer–in case you’re wondering what you do with a Liberal Arts degree. She’s never met a beach she didn’t like, always says yes to dessert, loves ‘80s nostalgia, all forms of entertainment, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. You can definitely talk books with her on Litsy and Goodreads. Depending on social media’s stability maybe also Twitter and Bluesky.

The only negative thing I can say about Love & Friendship, set to release May 13th, is that Colin Firth isn’t in it (I checked many times) so let’s look at all the things that makes this a must-see film.

-Based on Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, an epistolary novella published posthumously.

-Lady Susan is known as “the most accomplished flirt in all England.”

-Kate Beckinsale is Lady Susan.

-It looks like women behaving deliciously badly.

-Also starring Chloë Sevigny.

-And Stephen Fry.

-With all the comedies that haven’t made me laugh lately I see much promise when the trailer cracked me up.


Now to decide whether to read Lady Susan before or after watching the film…