Is it different from the novel?

If you’ve been on social media lately, chances are you’ve seen many people’s opinions on Netflix’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, Persuasion. Most early reviews were less than stellar, but any Austen fan looking for a fun adaptation of one of Austen’s most revered novels is sure to love the film.

The film combines what everyone knows and loves about the Persuasion story and adds a few modern phrases to it. This addition is what ultimately caused people to watch the film as if they were Sir Walter Elliot themselves.

But that’s nothing new to the Austen fandom. People have been guardians for decades. Just look how many times we fight for the best Pride and Prejudice adaptation returns to social media. The 2005 version came out 17 years ago and people are still complaining.

Look at the people who needed their smelling salts with the 2020 adaptation of Emma came out of. Anyone who’s been in the fandom long enough is familiar with the model. It’s heartbreaking to see this still happening.

This new film stars Dakota Johnson, Cosmo Jarvis, Henry Golding, Richard E. Grant, Ben Bailey Smith, Yolanda Kettle, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Lydia Rose Bowley, Mia McKenna-Bruce, Izuka Hoyle and Nia Towle.

How does Netflix’s persuasion end?

Obviously, there will be major spoilers here, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, please look away.

The film ends much like the novel. Anne finds the letter Wentworth wrote to her and reads it. He is known as one of the most romantic letters in literature, and they used the exact wording in the movie.

From there, she runs after him, hoping she isn’t too late. Luckily, fate is kind to both of them this time. She catches him on the street and they hug and kiss.

She also happens to see Mr. Elliot, who was supposed to be her potential suitor, making out with Penelope Clay, who everyone thought would marry her father. The scandal !

The film ends with Mr. Elliot and Mrs. Clay getting married and with Louisa and Henrietta as well. We find Anne and Wentworth where we had seen them at the beginning: in a field in each other’s arms. It’s a happily ever after for everyone. As it should be.

What did you think of Netflix’s ending Persuasion? Let us know in the comments below!

Irene B. Bowles