~ Vintage Classics
"Emma, by Jane Austen, is a novel about the perils of misconstrued romance. The novel was first published in December 1815. As in her other novels, Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian-Regency England; she also creates a lively comedy of manners among her characters.
Before she began the novel, Austen wrote, 'I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.' In the very first sentence she introduces the title character as "Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich." Emma, however, is also rather spoilt; she greatly overestimates her own matchmaking abilities; and she is blind to the dangers of meddling in other people's lives and is often mistaken about the meanings of others' actions."
The story of a lively, popular and clever girl! But, Emma is not without her faults, who her good friend Mr Knightley is not afraid to point out! While she is trying to marry off the rest of her neighbours, will she realise her own heart before it is to late?
My review: Wonderful! This is also one of my favourites! The heroine is like Marmite - you will either love her or hate her! I love Marmite and I love Emma! She is bundles of fun and her mistaken judgements and failed match making is very entertaining! The hero is wonderful, a very strong character and very caring at the same time. Again, an intriguing plot with many surprises and an easy, enjoyable read!
(BBC TV mini-series adaptation of "Emma")
Romola Garai (Emma Woodhouse) Jonny Lee Miller (Mr Knightley)
(Film based on the novel)
Gwyneth Paltrow (Emma Woodhouse) Jeremy Northam (Mr Knightley)
(Film based on the novel)
Kate Beckinsale (Emma Woodhouse) Mark Strong (Mr Knightley)
(TV mini-series based on the novel)
Doran Godwin (Emma Woodhouse) John Carson (Mr Knightley)
(TV movie based on novel)
Diana Fairfax (Emma Woodhouse) Paul Daneman (Mr Knightley)
(TV presentation based on the novel)
Judy Campbell (Emma Woodhouse) Ralph Michael (Mr Knightley)
The most popular and famous adaptations are the 2009 and the two made in1996. My favourites are the 2009 and the 1996 (Paltrow), but here are my thoughts on the ones I have seen ...
1996 (Beckinsale): Another good adaptation from Andrew Davis (Pride and Prejudice). The part of Emma was played very well by Beckinsale, as was Strong as Mr Knightley, but I found his interpretation of Knightley too serious and not as fun as he was portrayed in the book. Otherwise, a wonderful adaptation cut well with a great supporting cast.
1996 (Paltrow): One of my favourite overall adaptations, of all the Austen's! Paltrow and Northam played Emma and Mr Knightley wonderfully! The relationship and chemistry between them is portrayed brilliantly! The others performed wonderfully, and music and costumes are great! Overall, an amazing, light, easy and happy adaptation!
2009: Another one of my favourites, the main parts performed wonderfully, with Miller playing up Knightley's jealous side, which is great to see! The length means most of the book is included, making it even more enjoyable! The costumes are so pretty in this, especially some of Emma's dresses! The supporting cast are very good, making this a very fun and a must-see adaptation!