Historical drama “Vanity Fair” is an adaptation of a novel by the same name, published in the 1840s by author William Makepeace Thackeray (via Penguin Random House). The book has served as the basis for a number of prior adaptations, including, but not limited to, a stage play in 1899, a 1911 short film, a BBC TV miniseries in 1998, and a 2004 film starring Reese Witherspoon.
The 2019 televised version of “Vanity Fair” featuring Olivia Cooke in its lead role marks one of the latest efforts to adapt Thackeray’s classic to the screen. The series, just as in its many predecessors, chronicles the efforts of orphan Becky Sharp (Cooke) to improve her lot in 1800s British society.
According to its aggregated scores on Rotten Tomatoes, “Vanity Fair” is a hit among reviewers and audiences alike, netting an 89% from critics and a 92% average from users. In The Atlantic, critic Sophie Gilbert praised “Cooke’s radiantly grasping, delightfully devious Becky.” Rotten Tomatoes user Kaatje G, meanwhile, described the series as “a heartbreaking and perfect rendition of intertwined lives. Fantastic.”
All seven episodes of “Vanity Fair” are currently available through Amazon Prime.