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The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay and Diaries: Bringing Jane Austen's Novel to Film

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This engaging and beautiful book includes the complete Academy Award-winning script and Thompson's own diaries detailing the production of the film, reviewed by Stanley Kauffmann in The New Republic as "vivid, funny, and gamy"
Paperback, 283 pages
Published August 31st 2002 by Newmarket Press (first published November 1995)
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Jun 16, 2009 Megan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Austen lovers
For some strange reason this book has been sitting on my shelf gathering dust for ages. It wasn't until the other day when I was looking for my copy of the film Sense & Sensibility, that I remembered I had this companion book.

I have probably seen the movie well over a dozen times or more, and think it's the best film adaptation of any of Jane Austen's books (yes this even trumps the 6 hour BBC Pride & Prejudice). My bias therefore being known...

I loved every blistering, bodice ripping p
Sep 18, 2014 Becca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
~The Foreword:

The foreword of Sense and Sensibility: The Screenplay Diaries was written by Lindsay Doran, the producer of the film in question. And, much to my surprise – I generally don’t enjoy forewords – I very much liked reading what she had to say. It was vastly enjoyable, and hearing how Lindsay first struggled with reading and/or liking Jane Austen’s work made me rather pleased to have introduced myself to Jane Austen with tolerable success at the age of fourteen. Pride and Prejudice wa
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Is there enough money and time allotted for a big opening scene to illustrate Mr. Henry Dashwood receiving a fatal hunting wound? How can Colonel Brandon's character be made more three dimensional and effective when he is “quite shadowy” and “absent for long periods” in the novel? Should Willoughby's anguished confession to Elinor be included, or will it “interfere with Brandon's love story?” How can we achieve the perfect balance romance and satire in this film?

These are just several of the que
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jul 16, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Austen Fans, Film Afficienadoes
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Kandice's Gift
This is the shooting script by Emma Thompson for the Ang Lee film of Sense and Sensibility as well as her diaries recounting the making of the film. Five stars for "amazing" as Goodreads would have it? For me yes. Of course, it helps if you are 1) A Jane Austen fan check 2) A fan of this film adaptation of her novel. check 3) Interested in the process of writing and film-making. check.

I am decidedly a Jane Austen fan. I don't just own all her novels, some I have in multiple editions. I've read a
May 09, 2011 Laurel rated it it was amazing
Nominated for seven Academy Awards, the 1995 movie Sense and Sensibility remains one of my most cherished interpretations of a Jane Austen novel. Everything about this film project seems to be touched with gold; from the award winning screenplay by actress Emma Thompson; to the incredible depth of British acting talent: Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Gemma Jones, Harriet Walter, Greg Wise, Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson; stunning film locations in Devonshire; and the fine brush-work of the Taiwanese ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing
Emma Thompson has been at the top of my fantasy dinner party list for ages. Reading this was like reading Dorothy L. Sayer's letters (another wonderfully talented snarky writer).

I'm enormously entertained to find out more of the thinking behind the works that I've enjoyed, of course. And of course it serves the basic purpose of making me wanting to go experience their works again directly.

But mostly I get resentful that I can't actually break through the boundaries of time and space and start
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
An excellent read for cinema geeks like me. I admire actors who can work completely out of sequence, and somehow create a coherent character that behaves believably in each scene and make the whole thing mesh together. Reading this book drew me into the creative process, and made me feel as if I were sitting wide-eyed in a corner taking it all in. It felt a bit odd to be drawn back into some of the more sensational events of 1995 (John Major, Liz Hurley/Hugh Grant media storm, etc) while Thompso ...more
Dec 10, 2014 Jessamyn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Austen fans
The screenplay to one of my favorite movies and diaries by witty and wonderful Emma Thompson, all in one place?! It was really cool to see how a real screenplay works and Emma's behind-the-scenes notes were funny and also helpful and relevant to my life.
Ellen Rose
Jun 05, 2013 Ellen Rose rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Emma Thompson is one of my favourite ladies. Her 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility is one of my favourite movies. A book by her about that film is now my favourite thing in the world. This was a gorgeous little book which included a full screenplay, unseen photos from behind the scenes on set, headshots and best of all, Emma Thompson’s diary, which she kept during the months of filming.

Firstly, the screenplay. If you’re as big a nerd as me, then reading along with the film is a very enjoyabl
Jun 29, 2011 Meredith rated it really liked it

Originally posted on The Librarian Next Door:

In the introduction to The Sense & Sensibility Screenplay and Diaries, producer Lindsay Doran writes that it took 15 years just to develop the project (write the script, find a director, etc.) before filming ever started. The insider-y bits of information from Doran and from Emma Thompson’s diaries are wonderful peeks into the heart, passion and love that went into bringing Austen’s classic to the big screen.

The Sense & Sensibility Screenplay
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
I enjoyed this a lot. Sense and Sensibility is one of my most favourite movies, the cast was so perfect for it, same as I feel for the 1995 Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth. I watch this movie regularly and love it just as much as the first time I saw it.

I'm not going to lie, I was hoping for some gossip on how things happened between Emma Thompson and Greg Wise, Willoughby in the movie, and there was absolutely nothing about it, bummer. Every time I see S&S I snicker and think, oh, but
Nov 12, 2013 Sonia rated it really liked it
So good! The first half is the S&S screenplay, which interestingly, contains a few scenes that did not make it to the final movie. The cut scenes were well cut, I think! The second half of the book is Emma Thompson's diary while shooting the movie. She is ridiculously funny. Prior to reading this diary, I never really considered how punishing and intense it is for actors to shoot movies. Even a period drama/love story like Sense & Sensibility can be physically and emotionally grueling. O ...more
Feb 28, 2016 Kate rated it liked it
"Sense and Sensibility" was one of the first movies I went to see with roommates in the theatre when it came out. We swooned over the costuming, the dialogue, and of course, the characters. I personally will never forget the feelings I had when Colonel Brandon read to Marianne, or when Elinor burst into tears near the end of the movie when she realised that Edward's situation was not as she feared.
So, to find out from a cousin that Emma Thompson had written and published a diary of her experienc
Aug 26, 2014 Cat rated it it was amazing
If you love the film, as I do, then this is a real treat.

It's probably the film I have watched the most over my life, first as an 8year old (when I just fell in love with it). This offers a witty and very interesting peep behind the scenes. Emma Thompson's writing is hilarious!
It was lovely to find out some things I never knew. I was horrified to read that Emma's main worry when shooting the final wedding scene was that viewers would think that it was a double wedding, not just Brandon' & M
May 05, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I've said before that I prefer the screenplay over the book (though I still like the book!); so I enjoyed reading this. It was also fun to read Emma's little journal she kept during production. It made me want to be an actress in a movie or two... and/or be a screenwriter. It was nice to see Emma as a "real person," flaws and all. Time to re-watch the movie!
Anne Marie
Mar 11, 2015 Anne Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs
This book contains an introduction from one of the producers, Lindsay Doran. I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed this introduction because she talks about the process of getting the film made, including hiring Ang Lee (the director) and Emma Thompson (the writer and actress who plays 'Eleanor'). It took almost ten years to get this film going.

The book also has the script and Emma Thompson's diary from the making of the film. If you are a fan of the movie, then you will love the script.
Jun 03, 2016 Steph rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book! It was great to hear in the introduction how the producer, Lindsay Doran, got interested in Jane Austen and how the whole process got started. I loved reading the movie script and got several of my questions answered. For example, the end scene of the movie, there was not a double wedding. Elinor and Edward were already married. We also got to read Emma Thompson's diaries while she was filming this movie. Some of it was interesting like hearing what was happening in he ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thompson is a surprisingly good author - no wonder she won the Oscar that year for Best Adapted Screenplay!
Jul 08, 2016 Randi rated it it was amazing
I read this years ago and loved it. Emma Thompson not only wrote the award-winning screenplay for Sense and Sensibility, but also a fun and familiar account of all the people (including a pre-fame Kate Winslet and Thompson's then future husband, Greg Wise) who got together to create what remains one of the most entertaining adaptations of Jane Austen's beloved "Tale of Two Sisters." If you like Jane Austen books, movies based on Jane Austen books, and clever, good-looking people having a great t ...more
Joelle Anthony
Sep 02, 2013 Joelle Anthony rated it it was amazing
Love this. I read it periodically and then watch the movie because I'm a total geek.
Feb 23, 2014 Evie is currently reading it
Claudia Piña
Ah, amo a Emma Thompson. También adoro a Austen y en particular Sense and Sensibility, así que este libro me interesó desde que lo escuché por primera vez hace unos años.

Y aunque me encantó, ustedes saben que no soy fan de los guiones. No me gusta leerlos, como que el formato me desespera un poco y me toma mucho tiempo encontrar un buen ritmo. Con todo, este guión tiene partes bastante graciosas porque Emma Thompson tiene un sentido del humor genial.

Definitivamente me gustó más la parte del dia
Jane Pierre
Feb 02, 2011 Jane Pierre rated it liked it
Sense and Sensibility. The very, seemingly simple, title of Jane Austen’s tragic and complex story is about two sisters who must suffer from the sorrowful consequence of love. The title describes the characteristics of the sisters for most of the plot of the story, until the end, where sense is exchanged for sensibility and vice versa. Elinor, the eldest sister, is the personification of sense; she is intelligent, has “coolness of judgment,” has the tendency of being affectionate, and has strong ...more
Jul 03, 2013 Megan rated it really liked it
Looks like someone followed Sir John's advice, "If I were you, I would not give him up to my younger sister in spite of all of this tumbling down hills..." Seriously, I can't be the only person who read this book expecting to read about how Elinor Dashwood fell in love with Willoughby. C'mon Emma Thompson, we all know you and Greg Wise fell in love and got married after meeting on this film. It was so disappointing that you don't even mention it at all.

Otherwise, I was shocked how much Emma's di
Aug 16, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Sense and Sensibility is one of my all-time favorite movies. I think it is the most perfect Austen adaptation that has been put to film. It was therefore with much interest that I read The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay and Diaries.

The Introduction is written by Lindsay Doran, the producer of the film. The introduction was very interesting and told a great story of how Ms. Doran came to love Jane Austen and Sense and Sensibility in particular. She really wanted to put it to film and had the ge
Janeites are diverse and passionate about the object of their affection. They engage in debate often, but most would agree that the 1995 film adaptation of Sense and Sensibility is exquisite. This book is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, and it includes the final draft of the screenplay as written by Emma Thompson (also one of the stars of the film) and her diaries during filming. The book is a celebration not only of the movie but also a recognition of the cast, crew and majo ...more
Ashley Spencer
Oct 03, 2013 Ashley Spencer rated it really liked it
Jane Austen’s purpose in writing this book was to prove that love and patience can both be acquired through time. There are two specific characters that prove this point. Edward and Colonial Brandon both love the two Dashwood sisters, but Marianne is in love with another and Elinor has been waiting for Edward to try to become engaged with her for a while. When Willoboughy leaves Barton Park, Marianne goes through what any normal teenage girl goes through. She cries for days and insists to be alo ...more
Jul 07, 2013 Jo rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, memoirs
The introduction by Doran has me determined to read/reread all of Austen's work and watch for the funny. I like me the funny. I want to say I vaguely remember that I must have thought parts of Pride and Prejudice were funny, but I don't actually remember being amused.

I was hoping the script would be different from what ended up in the movie. Like, "This is the script we had when we started filming. See how different it is from the final product?" It is, in fact, nearly identical to the movie. On
In this fabulous book, we are given Ms. Thompson’s marvelous adaptation of Austen’s novel as well as her own funny, dry and pointed commentaries about the filming process including dealing with female troubles, the occasionally uncooperative weather and babies who refused to cry on cue.

The color photos are lovely and the book is also graced by black-and-white photos of the main actors and actresses involved. In the British acting tradition, actors and actresses are often classically trained and
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Emma Thompson is an Emmy-, BAFTA-, Golden Globe- and two time Academy Award-winning English actress, comedian, and screenwriter. She is also a patron of the Refugee Council.
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