Dakota Johnson's New Film "Persuasion" Is Already Facing Backlash — Here's Why

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This week, the trailer for Dakota Johnson's new film Persuasion was released.

The film is based on the 1816 Jane Austen novel Persuasion, a classic that has been praised for decades for its depiction of love, second chances, and emotional depth. Austen finished the novel shortly before her death in 1817.

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According to SparkNotes, Persuasion is considered a "[n]ovel of manners. This type of novel is not about the education or growth of one particular individual, but is instead a story of how a few central characters interact within society, navigating the rules and structures which govern their lives."

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When I watched the 2022 trailer — which shows the film as a cute comedy — I was like, "OMG, this looks really cute and witty."

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But people haaaard disagreed with me, criticizing the trailer for making the film look like a comedy with slapstick elements.

One viral tweet from writer Brandon Taylor simply read, "Absolutely not."

"Looks like they've removed the most interesting part of Jane [Austen] stories: the social settings of the time, and the women forced to navigate in them," one person wrote.

People especially disliked how a famous passage from the novel was simplified into "Now we're worse than exes. We're friends."

In essence, the reaction from Jane Austen fans was essentially this:

Dakota Johnson and the filmmakers have not responded to the backlash, but we will update you if they do.