Thursday, September 30, 2010

Jane Austen Has Done it to Me Again

I was nearly halfway through Emma when I thought, “Nope, not really liking this one.”
Emma is snooty, meddlesome and a know-it-all. I did not like her through most of the novel. As with Pride and Prejudice, I felt it was drawn out with lots of telling vs. showing and everyone was so terribly fussy-lol.

And then Mr. Knightley told off Emma. Told her off good enough to have her hiding tears and I fell in love with Mr. Knightley a little bit. That was the start of Emma looking at her behavior and how she treats people and let me just say, thank God for character growth.

All the same, Emma has not replaced my love for Pride and Prejudice. P & P is just so much more romantic.

Now I’m off to watch the BBC mini series. I think I saw the one with Gwyneth Paltrow and while I have nothing against her as an actress, I have something against Americans being put in a British roll. I mean, is there a shortage of British actresses that I didn’t know about? Me thinks not.

Up next...Sense and Sensibility.

Have any of you read Emma? If so, how did you like it? Better that Pride and Prejudice or no?


Jai Joshi said...

I'm a huge fan of Emma because Mr. Knightly is so divine. He's very different from Mr. Darcy who has some perfecting to do. Knightly a gentleman in every way.

I hated the Paltrow version of Emma. They butchered the story in every possible way and Paltrow herself sounds as if she's got something stuck up her nose with the way she tries to do an English accent. On top of it Ewan MacGregor played his part without ever reading the film so he had no idea what he was doing. A really good version to watch of Emma is the Kate Beckinsale film. That one was true to the book in every way and all the actors are spot on.


Karen Denise said...

Cool, Jai! Thanks. I'll check out the Kate Beckensale version. Truly, I loved Emma and the one line from Mr. Knightly..."If I loved you less, I could say more." Or something close to that was enough to have me love him.