I have been very nervous about watching Emma Approved. I loved The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, but I wasn’t sure how a version of Emma would be – especially as a modernisation(well not so modern now…) was done in Clueless.
10 Episodes in: I love it! Emma(played by the fantastic Joanna Sotomura) is as delightfully annoying as she is in the books. Hilarious, but in a way that makes you want to tell her to shut up. In a good way. I know there are a lot of people who don’t like Emma, because she is, well, meddling, but I love that she is so self-assured, and unlike the other Austen heroines, she will not be dependent on the income of our husband, which makes her love story the most equal. We have Mr Knightly(or Snarky Knightly Brent Bailey ) present as a friend who co-runs their business, which is a nice twist to show their equal status and to take away the slighty icky Mr Knightly knowing Emma as a baby aspect of the story. I love that Emma is older, and much more together in terms of work than the Bennets – both Pemberley Digital stories really reflect the tone of the books in a much more effective way than I imagined.
I think I am Harriet! I always apologise for things that aren’t my fault, and I’m ridiculously clumsy. Looking forward to the rejections of Harriet play out – in the books they are so much about class, can’t wait to see the Pemberley Digital take. Hope it’ll be as great as the reworking of the Lydia storyline in the LBD’s.
Finally, I really enjoyed the take on the Weston’s – a part of the book that’s over and done with by the time it starts, its great to see a bit more of the build up. Looking forward to meeting Frank Churchill too! Oh and Miss Bates. And Mr Woodhouse, most of all! Hope we do actually get to see him at some point.
So, those are my thoughts so far. Let me know what you think!