Jane Austen in Mollywood : Mainstreaming Mormonism in Andrew Black's Pride & Prejudice
Austin, Michael,Decker, Mark T.
Peculiar Portrayals : Mormons on the Page, Stage, and Screen
Utah State University Press
"To an audience with no connection to the LDS church, Pride & Prejudice's depictions of Mormons do certainly convey--in the words of the anonymous critic already quoted--a seriousness "about important values and morality, without it seeming odd or unfashionable to be that way." To communicate such seriousness while remaining entertaining is a feat comparable to Austen's: arguably it is on this level, rather that any parallels in courtship cultures, that this Pride& Prejudice comes closest to its source. Given the positive--though oblique--presentation of Mormonism in this film, a non-LDS viewer may well be motivated to find out more about the church, just as a viewer new to Austen may be inspired to seek out the original novel. Crossing over works both ways." [From author's conclusion]