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Fans slam trailer for Netflix’s adaptation of Persuasion and say it’s not true to the original

Fans of Jane Austen were far from convinced by the Netflix trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Persuasion.

The streaming service has released a two-minute trailer for the film starring Dakota Johnson as self-effacing heroine Anne Elliot, which is set to hit theaters on July 15.

Despite being set in the 1800s, the dialogue in the film adaptation uses modern expressions — such as referring to Anne’s former flame Captain Frederik Wentworth, played by Cosmo Jarvis, as an “ex” who hasn’t landed well with purists of the genre. period-romantic genre.

Some accused Netflix of turning Persuasion – published posthumously in 1817 after Austen’s death and considered one of her most mature works – into the raunchy hit series Bridgerton.

Fans said the adaptation would cause the 19th-century writer to “turn in her grave,” due to the “terrible” dialogue when others asked if anyone involved in the film had actually read Persuasion.

The trailer shows that writers have gone for a medley of the formal language of the time with phrases like “I haven’t changed that much” combined with more modern statements like, “We’re worse than exes. We are friends.’

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Fans of Jane Austen were far from convinced by the Netflix trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Persuasion, which will be released on the streaming service on July 15 and stars Dakota Johnson as Anne Elliot

Fans of Jane Austen were far from convinced by the Netflix trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Persuasion, which will be released on the streaming service on July 15 and stars Dakota Johnson as Anne Elliot

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Viewers were unimpressed with the trailer, with some going so far as to make Austen turn over in her grave.

Viewers were unimpressed with the trailer, with some going so far as to make Austen turn over in her grave.

Austen’s novel tells of how Anne Elliot is reunited with Wentworth after she was persuaded by her family to reject his marriage proposal when they were younger and he was penniless.

In the book, Elliot is introduced as a quiet and reserved woman, often taken for granted by members of her social circle and effacing herself.

Fans of the novel were struck by the fact that the character portrayed by Johnson in the Netflix adaptation seemed outgoing and sharp.

They said Netflix made Elliot another version of Pride and Prejudice heroine Elizbeth Bennet, rather than respecting the nature of Persuasion’s main character.

In the two-minute trailer, Anne's friend Lady Russell, played by Nikki Amuka-Bird, tells a distraught Anne: 'Honey, at some point you have to move on'

In the two-minute trailer, Anne’s friend Lady Russell, played by Nikki Amuka-Bird, tells a distraught Anne: ‘Honey, at some point you have to move on’

In the trailer for the Netflix movie, Johnson can be seen as Elliot, who complains that she and Captain Wentworth are “worse than exes now.” We are friends.’

She is also seen ridiculing Wentworth behind his back, which fans say doesn’t suit Elliot.

At another point in the trailer, Anne’s friend Lady Russell, played by Nikki Amuka-Bird, tells a distraught Anne, “Honey, at some point you have to move on.”

Some expressed concern that Netflix has changed the nature of Persuasion by trying to modernize its dialogue.

Fans expressed concern that Netflix was trying to turn Persuasion, a quiet and melancholy novel, into Bridgerton

Fans expressed concern that Netflix was trying to turn Persuasion, a quiet and melancholy novel, into Bridgerton

Henry Golding plays the neat Mr Elliot in the new adaptation of the 1817 novel, which hits the screens next month

Henry Golding plays the neat Mr Elliot in the new adaptation of the 1817 novel, which hits the screens next month

The film was also accused of copying Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag by having Anne repeatedly break the fourth wall in the trailer.

TikTok user Elise Lamsdale compared the original dialogue to the dialogue heard in the trailer.

“No two hearts could have been so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in harmony, no countenance so beloved,” she read on her page.

‘Now they were like strangers; no, worse than strangers, because they could never get to know each other. It was an eternal alienation,’ she said.

Viewers panned the dialogue in the trailer for Persuasion's new adaptation, calling it

Viewers panned the dialogue in the trailer for Persuasion’s new adaptation, calling it “terrible” and “flat”

Fans have urged Netflix to stop changing 'perfection' to 'Bridgerton' after streaming service Persuasion tried to update

Fans have urged Netflix to stop changing ‘perfection’ to ‘Bridgerton’ after streaming service Persuasion tried to update

She then turned to the “exes” line in the trailer to show how flat it felt compared to the original.

Fans expressed their frustration on social media after the trailer’s release.

‘Not convinced at all. Austen is turning in her grave,’ someone said.

“I can’t believe this is real dialogue,” said another, referring to Johnson calling Wentworth “an ex” in the trailer.

“Terrible and flat compared to the original dialogue,” one wrote.

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Austen enthusiasts weren't

Austen enthusiasts weren’t “run over” by the trailer, saying the “terrible” anachronic dialogue would make the author “turn over in her grave”

‘Jesus. Did anyone involved in this production come within 15 meters of the book Persuasion? No. Absolutely not. No,’ said one.

“Hey Netflix! Anne Elliot is NOT a flirty, talkative extrovert. “Modernization” doesn’t automatically mean you have to change the heroine’s personality. And the “exes” are rather unforgivable. Stop this bridging of perfection, thank you,” said another.

“Not to be a pedantic, but I’m pretty sure nobody used the phrase ‘exes’ in 1813 or anytime,” said one.

I’m generally good with opportunities in adaptations, I’ll even include the shocking ‘ex’ wording, but at the very least the tone and atmosphere should match that of the original. Persuasion is all desire & a little bit of melancholy & Anne’s quiet strength & I don’t see any of it in this trailer,’ one commented.

Commenting on TikTok, one fan simply said “the Fleabag-ification of Persuasion,” referring to the various breaks in the fourth wall.

Richard E. Grant plays Anne's narcissistic father in the film.  Some have said that Netflix has changed the nature of the Anne character to make her more like the Pride and Prejudice heroine Elizabeth Bennet

Richard E. Grant plays Anne’s narcissistic father in the film. Some have said that Netflix has changed the nature of the Anne character to make her more like the Pride and Prejudice heroine Elizabeth Bennet

TikTok user Elise Lamsdale pointed out how beautiful the original dialogue is in Persuasion and compared it to the trailer

TikTok user Elise Lamsdale pointed out how beautiful the original dialogue is in Persuasion and compared it to the trailer

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