Today is Jane Austen’s birthday, she was born on December 16, 1775. It is so weird to think that she was born just one year before the United States declared her independence. She is my all time favorite author and I still do not get tired of pulling my well-read copies of Pride and Prejudice and Emma off my book shelf.
Are you ready? Pull up a chair and talk about her book Emma with me. Oh, I am also going to talk about the graphic novel and TV mini series. This is going to be so much fun, so get ready!
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Beautiful, clever, rich – and single – Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen’s most flawless work.
This book is my second favorite Austen story. Pride and Prejudice is the first but this one follows close by. It is a cleverly written story about matchmaking and the consequences of doing so. Emma is a perfect example of a leading heroine. She, like Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice), is the perfect example of a leading female character that keeps you interested in the story, even though she does a few things that leave you rolling your eyes. Now that I have talked about Emma, let’s talk about Mr. Knightly. He isn’t your Mr. Darcy but he is still a great character. To be perfectly honest, I blame Jane Austen for my high expectations of men. Oh, if there was a Mr. Darcy or Mr. Knightly in my life, right now. (:
This book is well worth reading especially if you like any other books by Austen or like the movies (there are many but I will talk about my favorite in a few).
I highly recommend the this book!
Author: Jane Austen
Now, I am going talk about the graphic novel Emma.
Manga Classics brings Jane Austen’s classic tale of youthful folly and romantic exuberance to a modern audience with this beautiful new manga adaptation of Emma.
I am not usually a graphic novel kind of girl but when I saw that the library bought this book, I had to read this book.
It was fun to see Emma change into a black and white graphic novel. Seeing all the characters change, into graphic novel characters, with big eyes was fun to see as well.
I thought at first this book would be a book that made fun of the real story but it did not. So, if you cannot tell, I liked this book and I recommend this book.
Author: Jane Austen
Author: Stacy King
And now to the last part of my review. The BBC mini series, which is my all time favorite version of Emma.
This version of Emma is my favorite. I have seen other versions of Emma but this is the best. This one is produced by: BBC: Masterpiece Classic. Everything about this version is good. The two main characters, Romola Garai (plays Emma) and Jonny Lee Miller (plays Mr. Knightly) are so good together. Unlike some versions of Emma, Mr. Knightly does not look like he could be Emma’s dad. Romola Garia played the perfect Emma. Just her facial expressions make her play her role so well. Now whenever I read the book, I see those two as Emma and Mr. Knightly. All the rest of the actors and actresses did a splendid job as well. That is the whole big reason why I like this version best–because each character played there parts perfectly.
I just had finals and I am now on Christmas break from classes. So, my sisters and I are watching it again. And it is still super fun to watch. It is one of those movies I could watch over and over!
I recommend this mini series.
Authors: Jane Austen
I hope you enjoyed reading this extra special Jane Austen post. I am going to have to do one on Pride and Prejudice very shortly.
Reading Resolution 49: Read a book with a one-word title.
All of these reviews are written in my own words and is my honest opinion.