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Persuasion: why the Netflix adaptation is actually worth a watch, according to a romantic literature expert

By Richard Marggraf-Turley, Professor of English Literature, Aberystwyth University
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SPOILER ALERT: this article contains plot references to Persuasion.

So, the jury’s in. People really, really hate Netflix’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Austen’s last novel, the book follows the story of 27-year-old Anne Elliot eight years after she has was persuaded to break off her engagement to the dashing navy captain Frederick Wentworth because of his humble background. Wentworth has returned and Anne is now faced with the tough decision of revisiting the past or pursuing a new love.

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