Dakota Johnson’s new Netflix movie ‘Persuasion’ generates backlash on social media

Dakota Johnson stars in a new Netflix original movie that premieres next month, but the film is already getting some criticism. It is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s latest novel, Persuasion – a lauded depiction of life, love, loss and the weary march of time. For some fans, the trailer for the new film adaptation is a little too excited.

Persuasion it was written in 1816 and published in 1817 – the year Austen died. As many fans have pointed out, this was a very difficult time in Austen’s life, and the book reflects that. The trailer, on the other hand, sets the tone of a romantic comedy with more levity than fans expected. Many felt this was more than a maladaptation, it was a symptom of low literacy and cultural disinterest in difficult topics.

Persuasion was adapted for the screen by writers Alice Victoria Winslow and Ronald Bass, and was directed by Carrie Cracknell. In addition to Johnson, it stars Cosmo Jarvis, Henry Golding, Richard E. Grant, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Suki Waterhouse, Ben Bailey, Izuka Hoyle, Mia McKenna-Bruce, Nia Towle, Edward Bluemel, Lydia Rose Bewley and Yolanda Kettle.

The movie will be released on Netflix on Friday, July 15th, but as you’ll see below, many people have already promised not to watch it. See responses to Netflix Persuasion adaptation so far.

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Finally, many critics said they would have been fine with a period piece with all the quirks of this trailer if it hadn’t been called Persuasion. Many felt that these experimental ideas should have been reserved for something less loved.



Many critics laughed at themselves and the rest of social media for the speed and ferocity of their response. They asked each other to be thoughtful in their criticisms, as many want to see romance writing in general taken more seriously.


‘A Modern Approach’

As some have pointed out, Cracknell said from the start that this was intended to be a “modern take” on Persuasion. However, critics felt that such an approach should still have retained the tones and themes of the source material.



Many critics have admitted that they still plan on watching this movie and hope the trailer doesn’t do it justice.


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Before long, users were placing quotes from the trailer alongside passages from Austen’s novel. Many were horrified by the difference.



Several reviewers blamed this misreading of Austen’s novel on recent period pieces such as bridgerton that are intentionally not historically accurate. They felt that a work like this should have been more faithfully adapted to keep its vital messages intact.



A viral Twitter thread by Cate Eland explained the situation Austen was in at the time. Persuasion it was written. It also helped shed light on why the shift in tone in this adaptation left many fans of Austen and the romance genre in general feeling mistreated.


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