Michelle Zauner’s Book Recommendations

Michelle Zauner’s Book Recommendations

Welcome to Shelf Life, ELLE.com’s books column, in which authors share their most memorable reads. Whether you’re on the hunt for a book to console you, move you profoundly, or make you laugh, consider a recommendation from the writers in our series, who, like you (since you’re here), love books. Perhaps one of their favorite … Read more

Sorry Mr Darcy. Persuasion is Jane Austen’s best book. here’s why

Fans of Jane Austen tend to be smug. They can quote the opening line of Pride and Prejudice as proof of their devotion. They’ve analyzed Emma’s every move and misstep. They compare every man they meet to Mr Darcy (and privately find each of them utterly wanting). They own at least one empire-waist dress. Her … Read more

Netflix’s ‘Persuasion’ Austen Adaptation Is Physically Painful to Watch

Netflix’s new rendition of persuasionwhich premiered Friday, has already been taking a lot of hits for its use of anachronistic language. Why? Plenty of other Jane Austen adaptations take the anachronistic route—see Clueless or fire island—and have been met with critical acclaim. But while this persuasion blends Regency-era gowns with 2020s-styled language (a la Sofia … Read more

Dakota Johnson on ‘Persuasion,’ Family, Sexual Agency—And the “Psychotic” Making of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

“At the. Probably not,” she says. “But what’s wrong with them? It’s about a specific sexual dynamic that is really real for a lot of people.” The Fifty Shades trilogy led Johnson down an unexpected path as an entrepreneur with Maude, the sexual wellness brand. Later, she brings me to a dinner for the company, … Read more

Dakota Johnson’s New Netflix Movie ‘Persuasion’ Sparks Backlash on Social Media

Dakota Johnson stars in a new Netflix original film premiering next month, but the movie is already getting some backlash. It is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s final novel, persuasion – a lauded depiction of life, love, loss and the grueling march of time. For some fans, the trailer for the new film adaptation is … Read more

‘Fire Island’ Remixes A Classic Jane Austen Tale — While Blazing Its Own Path

The long journey of getting “Fire Island” to the screen began with some vacation reading. In the summer of 2015, comedians and friends Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Yang went to Fire Island, the gay mecca off the coast of Long Island, New York. Booster brought a copy of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” to … Read more