Thursday, October 10, 2013

P&P Discussion Reminder and a New Emma Adaptation

Just a couple of quick thoughts for today.....

First, it's not too late to join us in our Pride and Prejudice Reading. The discussion post for Chapters 1-6 is here, if you'd like to check out the latest. I'm really enjoying our discussion so far! Next Monday, October 14, I will post a discussion for Chapters 7-12.

Second, a week or two ago, I posted a few thoughts on Emma and what I think is one of the greatest strengths of that novel (and Austen, in general). I'm not sure how successful I was in communicating what I was thinking. :( Fortunately, a stumbled across an article in the Journal Persuasions Online that says it SO much better than I did:

"The plot of this novel is a tribute to everyday life, to the extraordinary richness of the world that is to be found in our very own neighborhoods, to the enormous potential for happiness that can be fulfilled by going no farther than right next door. I think one reason so many of us love this novel is that it celebrates the high possibilities, the real thrills, the enthusiastic creativity and even the 'perfect happiness' to be found in the small worlds of ordinary life in which almost all of us live."
 -Susan Morgan, Source

And speaking of Emma.... This week the first two installments of Pemberley Digital's Youtube adaptation of Emma, called, Emma Approvedhas come out.  I am really excited about this. I was very impressed with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and am looking forward to seeing how Emma Approved takes shape. Whether I "agreed" or "disagreed" with the particular changes they made in adaptaing the story, I have been consistently impressed with their thoughtfulness. Every aspect of the adaptation is clearly carefully considered. You will have to let me know what you think. I am cautiously optimistic, though reserving judgment until I see more. :)

That's all for today! I hope you have a lovely fall day. :)


  1. I agree about Emma! I think that is why I love that novel so much -- it all takes place in that small town and among ordinary people (mostly ordinary, considering that Emma is Austen's most wealthy heroine!).

  2. That's true, Emma is her wealthiest heroine, so in that respect not quite ordinary. :-)