With the releases of The Girl from Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux and Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, we’re in a rather Jane Austen-inspired mood. Austen’s groundbreaking work not only introduced the world to strong, independent women, but also had the world swooning over her tall, dark, and handsome leading men.
Austen’s work has been adapted and reimagined in dozens of films, TV shows, and even web series—which means we have plenty of hunky heroes to choose from. Here’s our list of the most dashing adaptations of Austen’s heroes.
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
Cher: “Some people are not lucky enough to be as naturally adorable as you are.”
Josh: “Stop it, you’re making me blush.”
“I am yours. Heart and soul, I am yours. Much good that is.”
“She’s the most beautiful creature I ever beheld.”
“Give me an occupation, Miss Dashwood, or I shall run mad.”
“It is settled between us already, that we are to be the happiest couple in the world.”