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When we think of English writers, we think of the irreplaceable William Shakespeare -- the man so prolific, in so many genres, that we've been served well over 800 films and series that dig into his tomes. But there's another English writer whose also had a massive impact with far fewer -- and far less diverse -- works. She is Jane Austen.
You can't throw a stone into female-centric fare without hitting Austen in some way, shape or form. In the last decade alone, there have been four 'Pride and Prejudice' productions, two treatments of Emma, dalliances into 'Mansfield Park,' 'Northanger Abbey' and 'Persuasion,' not to mention four looks into 'Sense and Sensibility,' including this week's Latina-spinned twist, 'From Prada to Nada.' That's all of her novels getting at least one adaptation, if not multiple stabs, in just a 10-year span.
But today's Austen is a new beast entirely.