Emma Woodhouse, Jane Austen‘s heroine in the aptly title novel Emma, is introduced as “Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich”. In her world, Emma Woodhouse is the queen bee. She thinks that she knows everything about everything. Emma Woodhouse is in for a shock.
In 2013, the YouTube web series, Emma Approved (2013-2018) transferred the world of Emma from regency era England to modern-day. Emma Woodhouse (Joanna Sotomura) is a lifestyle coach and matchmaker. She is completely confident that she can help her clients to achieve their personal and business goals. Her long time friend and business partner Alex Knightley (Brent Bailey) is tries to burst Emma’s bubble as gently as he can, with a hint of sarcasm.
Emma Approved was the follow-up to the successful Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Though it was not as well received as LBD, I enjoyed Emma Approved with the same level of enthusiasm that I did LBD. Last year, Emma Approved came back for a short revival, which to my mind was just as enjoyable as the original series.
Not only did I appreciate the color blind casting, I personally think that it’s adorable that the two lead actors are together IRL.
I recommend it.
Sometimes, the deepest loves start out as a friendship.
This is the case of Emma Woodhouse and George Knightley in Jane Austen’s 1815 classic, Emma.
Putting a new spin on Emma, Micah Persell published Emma: The Wild and Wanton Edition in 2013 with the help of Jane Austen.
Emma Woodhouse and George Knightley have known each other their entire lives. They are even related, due to the marriage of his younger brother and her elder sister. Emma is described as handsome, rich and clever in the opening passage of the novel. She is the queen of her world and she thinks that she knows it all at the age of twenty-one. Her newest enterprise is playing matchmaker, an endeavor that may not end as neatly as she predicts it to be. George Knightley is her neighbor and sixteen years her senior. He tries to guide her in the right direction, but Emma rebuffs his guidance.
Neither knows that the other has the hots for each other. Will they get together or will their differing views of the world keep them apart?
I’m going to put it out there, because there is no other way to say it. It’s Emma with sex scenes. The thing to remember about Jane Austen is that she knew how to slip in sexual tension between her romantic leads without being obvious. When it comes to modern writers adding the sex scenes, it has to feel organic, especially when the writer decide to stay in the early 19th century instead of adapting the story in a more modern era. Ms. Persell succeeds at organically adding the sex scenes without causing a major disruption to the narrative. My only criticism is that there were sections of the novel where she could have added additional sex scenes instead of keeping those specific sections as Jane Austen wrote them.
But overall, it’s not only one of the better published fanfictions that I’ve read.
I recommend it.
*-These characters are not mine.
*-Written from Mr. Knightley to Emma the night before their wedding.
My Dear Emma
My Dear Emma
I remember the day you were born. I begrudgingly joined my parents and John to meet you. My mother fussed over you and insisted that I hold you, but I declined.
I would have never imagined then the newborn I met more than one and twenty years ago would grow into the woman I would marry.
I love you, my dear Emma with everything I hold dear. I had known for a while that we are ill suited to all but each other; I only needed time to reconcile the idea. The night of the ball I at long last realized that my feelings for you were not of a plutonic nature.
I have met many women in my lifetime; despite my initial consideration of Jane Fairfax, you are the only woman who has ever induced me into matrimony.
Tonight is the last night I sleep in Donwell Abbey as a bachelor. Tomorrow our life begins together.
Think of me tonight as I think of you.