“The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” and “Emma Approved” aren’t the only Jane Austen adaptations to hit the Internet. Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey” has (at least) two adaptations online. Here’s a brief look at them:
What are they
“Northbound” (NB) debuted June 4, 2015.
“The Cate Morland Chronicles” (CMC) debuted July 7, 2016.
Where you can find them
NB: YouTube — for FREE! For “Northbound,” click here.
CMC: Also on YouTube — for FREE! For CMC, click here.
Number of episodes
NB: 40. Episodes from 2 minutes to 8 minutes.
CMC: 45, plus some optional bonus videos. Episodes run from 3 minutes to 9 minutes.
NB: Catherine, from small-town Virginia, moves in with the Allens, family friends, in New York the summer before starting college there in the fall.
CMC: Catherine lands an internship at a magazine owned by the Allens, family friends, in Los Angeles.
NB: This Catherine is imaginative if introverted and bookish, playing up the “small-town girl in the big city.”
CMC: Passionate, opinionated and fun-loving, this Catherine is a geeky Fangirl with a capital F. She loves Harry Potter, “Star Wars” and, most of all, “The Mysteries of Udolpho,” a supernatural-themed teen soap opera..
NB: This outgoing Henry meets Catherine when she holes up in a bathroom during one of her first New York parties.
CMC: Child star — and Catherine’s longtime celeb crush — Henry Tilney is the lead actor in “The Mysteries of Udolpho.” He’s charming, easygoing — and flirty.
NB: Catherine and Isabella meet when Jamie — Catherine’s sister and Isabella’s girlfriend — sets them up on a friend date. This John is a pseudo-intellectual, interested in using data to analyze the best pizza in New York.
CMC: This Isabella works at the magazine with Catherine. John is her playboy brother who comes to L.A. to visit. He plays up the rude, boorish behavior — he doesn’t like to take no for an answer.
Watch if you like …
NB: A low-key adaptation. The actress playing Catherine is very natural.
CMC: Pop culture, an outgoing heroine and diverse casting. This is an energetic, clever modernization.
Sneak a peek here:
Jennifer Abella is a TV/movie/pop culture/knitting/sewing/Jane Austen geek. Oh, and a total Anglophile. Find her on Twitter: @nextjen.