Emma

"Emma is young, rich and independent. She has decided not to get married and instead spends her time organising her acquaintances' love affairs. Her plans for the matrimonial success of her new friend Harriet, however, lead her into complications that ultimately test her own detachment from the world of romance."

~ Vintage Classics

"Emma, by Jane Austen, is a novel about the perils of misconstrued romance. The novel was first published in December 1815. As in her other novels, Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian-Regency England; she also creates a lively comedy of manners among her characters.

Before she began the novel, Austen wrote, 'I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.' In the very first sentence she introduces the title character as "Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich." Emma, however, is also rather spoilt; she greatly overestimates her own matchmaking abilities; and she is blind to the dangers of meddling in other people's lives and is often mistaken about the meanings of others' actions."

~ Wikipedia

The story of a lively, popular and clever girl! But, Emma is not without her faults, who her good friend Mr Knightley is not afraid to point out! While she is trying to marry off the rest of her neighbours, will she realise her own heart before it is to late?

My review: Wonderful! This is also one of my favourites! The heroine is like Marmite - you will either love her or hate her! I love Marmite and I love Emma! She is bundles of fun and her mistaken judgements and failed match making is very entertaining! The hero is wonderful, a very strong character and very caring at the same time. Again, an intriguing plot with many surprises and an easy, enjoyable read!


Adaptations



2009
Emma
(BBC TV mini-series adaptation of "Emma")
Romola Garai (Emma Woodhouse) Jonny Lee Miller (Mr Knightley)


1996
Emma
(Film based on the novel)
Gwyneth Paltrow (Emma Woodhouse) Jeremy Northam (Mr Knightley)

Emma
(Film based on the novel)
Kate Beckinsale (Emma Woodhouse) Mark Strong (Mr Knightley)


1972
Emma
(TV mini-series based on the novel)
Doran Godwin (Emma Woodhouse) John Carson (Mr Knightley)


1960
Emma
(TV movie based on novel)
Diana Fairfax (Emma Woodhouse) Paul Daneman (Mr Knightley)


1948
Emma
(TV presentation based on the novel)
Judy Campbell (Emma Woodhouse) Ralph Michael (Mr Knightley)







The most popular and famous adaptations are the 2009 and the two made in1996. My favourites are the 2009 and the 1996 (Paltrow), but here are my thoughts on the ones I have seen ...


1996 (Beckinsale): Another good adaptation from Andrew Davis (Pride and Prejudice). The part of Emma was played very well by Beckinsale, as was Strong as Mr Knightley, but I found his interpretation of Knightley too serious and not as fun as he was portrayed in the book. Otherwise, a wonderful adaptation cut well with a great supporting cast.





1996 (Paltrow): One of my favourite overall adaptations, of all the Austen's! Paltrow and Northam played Emma and Mr Knightley wonderfully! The relationship and chemistry between them is portrayed brilliantly! The others performed wonderfully, and music and costumes are great! Overall, an amazing, light, easy and happy adaptation!

2009: Another one of my favourites, the main parts performed wonderfully, with Miller playing up Knightley's jealous side, which is great to see! The length means most of the book is included, making it even more enjoyable! The costumes are so pretty in this, especially some of Emma's dresses! The supporting cast are very good, making this a very fun and a must-see adaptation!









12 comments:

  1. I just discovered this blog, very nice, I like it :) However I must point out a rather serious english blunder I've seen twice committed in this page: the switching of "too" for "to". They may be homophonic, but they are certainly not synonyms!
    Still, for a 16 year old you write very well. Keep up the good work!

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    1. aww thank you! i am glad you like my blog and i hope you enjoy the past and future posts! oh dear, silly me! When i proof read I don't pick these things up!!

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  2. Also, this might be a good read for you (I haven't read it, but find the prospect of it amusing): http://www.amazon.com/Jane-Fairfax-Secret-Heroine-Austens/dp/031215707X

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  3. You made me so laugh with your comparison between Emma and the Marmite ! And it is true ! Few French people know the Marmite. It can be really hard to find some in France. I eat it since i was a little girl because my mom went to England when she was young. She tasted it, loved it, and since we have Marmite at home. My Janeite friends did not know it unitl I made them taste. They like it too !

    I love Emma. I think this character is so interesting ! And Mr Knightley ! ♥ My favourite adaptation is the one where Romola Garai plays Emma. She is just perfect for the part. I already liked her in Atonement (great great movie !) and after I saw Emma I totally love her !

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    1. HAHAHA! Glad you liked the comparison! And im glad you have Marmite over there, at least somewhere so you can have it!
      I have been eating it since I was a little girl as well!
      I am glad they like it as well!! (and that you have some Janeite friends, not many of my friends like Jane Austen!)

      Emma does have a really interesting character and one very different from her other characters. :) and Knightley is such a gentleman! Romala Garai is great as Emma. She is my favourite Emma, my favourite Knightley however is Jermany Nortam from the 1996 one (with Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma) have you seen that one?

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    2. Yes, I have seen the last three adaptations. I did not enjoy much the one with Kate Beckinsale, she is not sympathetic to me at all, even at the end of the story...
      I am am member of a book club, we meet once a month or so. I encountered my Janeite friends there =)

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    3. I didn't enjoy the Kate Beckinsale one either! I wasn't very keen on Mark Strong as Knightley either. He seems to drain the comedy from Knightley's character!
      That is so cool that you are a member of a book club!

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  4. I love Emma! I didn't ever care for the Gwyneth Paltrow version of Emma. I do love to watch BBC's Emma though. :) This is a great blog! You are truly talented. Have a great day and God bless.

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    1. I never cared much for the Beckinsale one! I like the Paltrow one :)
      Thanks :) I love your blog as well :)

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  5. Great comparison u must confess, Keep it up. Emma is just a great character

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