I have never read a single Jane Austen book, the closest I’ve come to her was watching Clueless, and I had no idea that it was based upon the book Emma. I watched the movie Becoming Jane on Netflix one night and decided that I wanted to read her books, but I never did find the time. But then Warner Brothers introduced me to Emma, by BBC America. Emma is based upon the book by Jane Austen, and after watching the show, I finally decided to read the book. So far, I find the book a little bit difficult to read because the language is so old, so I really like the show because they updated the language a bit. Everyone is still proper and in or out of society but it’s much easier to follow.
To be Released on: 2/9
Synopsis: Fresh and funny, this new adaptation of the Jane Austen classic features a stellar cast including Romola Garai (Atonement, Vanity Fair), Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting) and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter).
21-year-old Emma Woodhouse has very little to worry about. She is beautiful, clever, rich, with a comfortable home and some of the best blessings of existence. More than anything, she loves playing matchmaker to her friends and family, so when young, pretty, naive and socially inferior Harriet arrives, Emma decides to indulge her passion. She persuades Harriet to reject an advantageous marriage proposal from a local farmer in order to hold out for an offer from the dashing Mr. Elton. But Emma soon discovers that Mr. Elton is far more socially ambitious and mercenary than she had ever realized, and her advice to Harriet goes terribly awry.
Actors: Starring Romola Garai (Atonement, Vanity Fair), Louise Dylan (Merlin), Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Cranford), Rupert Evans, Jodhi May, Robert Bathurst
WOW, how I loved watching this. I had a hard time not watching it all in one night. When I realized I had two episodes left I had to stop and continue watching it the next night. I see now how Clueless is the same story, but it lacks so much of what Emma has. Emma was never troubled until her governess went off and got married. (which was by Emma’s own accord). It was then when she realized that she should become a match maker. Then all the trouble starts for her. I hope I am not the only woman out there that has not read the novel by Jane Austen.
Michael Gambon is amazing in this, I say amazing because he truly resembles a doting father afraid to lose his last daughter. He also seems to see much more than he lets on. I have no idea if this is the case in the book because I haven’t gotten that far yet but I’m really looking forward to reading the character development of him and the amazing Mr. Knightly. I love the Mr. Knightly is always able to tell Emma the truth. Everyone needs to be brought back to reality every now and then don’t you think?
I find through the show that Emma has such an innocence about her. Even though she is trying to match up her new best friend, she doesn’t seem to have any idea when a guy is actually in love. It is by the end of the show that she realizes to see love, you must know love.
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