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Trailer of Netflix’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’ is out, but some fans are not having it

By Ada Pelonia Published Jun 16, 2022 1:09 pm

The trailer of Netflix’s film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion drew backlash from fans hours after its release on Tuesday, June 14, for seemingly watering down the substance of the renowned English author’s final novel prior to her death.  

Jane Austen fans expressed their distaste for the Netflix trailer after “changing” the heroine Anne Eliot’s personality and “misunderstanding why Persuasion is as complex and deeply-felt as it is.” For fans, the trailer was a romance-comedy take on what was supposed to be Austen’s “devastatingly sad” story. 

Some fans also pointed out the trailer’s superficial dialogues by quoting the lines from Austen’s book and juxtaposing them with what was said by the actors. The fans claimed that some of the famous passages of Persuasion, which “has some of the best writing in the English language,” was reduced to content. 

There were also fans who compared Netflix’s Persuasion trailer with other series, mainly the Bridgerton franchise and the acclaimed TV show Fleabag written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and echoing others’ views about how Austen’s novel wasn’t supposed to be a funny comedy but a tragedy.  

Netflix’s film adaptation of Persuasion starring Dakota Johnson will premiere on July 15.