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!
I have been very lax about this blog since the tour of An Evening at Home with the Austens finished. Very sorry about that! I have now decided to start it up again, as Pemberley Digital have some lovely offerings I’ve yet to watch. I started Welcome to Sanditon, but never finished it, and now there’s Emma as well. Slightly nervous about Emma, as its my favourite book by Austen, but fingers crossed!
Also, the BBC version of Death Comes to Pemberley is on my Sky+ Box, waiting to be watched, so will be recording my thoughts on that too.
For now though – toodles!
So, I cracked. I meant to wait until I re-read Sanditon before I watched the new web series from Pemberley Digital, but then I got another email from Youtube telling me a channel I subscribed to had uploaded a video, and I gave in.
Because I’ve only read Sanditon once, and a long time ago, I can’t really compare the two at this point – obviously Georgiana Darcy isn’t the lead in the unfinished novel! But I can give you my thoughts…
I liked it – but it has gripped me in the same way as The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and The Lydia Bennet. I think its lacking the family and friendships that are so strong in those stories. The videos are meant for Darcy, and we see Gigi making new friends, but its not the same as that strong familial bond we’ve seen before. And Gigi is so much more of an observer, rather than being an intricate part of the story. It doesn’t make it bad – its all still well written, edited and acted as I still believe they are real people, but it just isn’t as engaging. However, we’re still early on, and it doesn’t have the luxury of being a story we all know really well even before its started.
I think someone mentioned to me that it is an experiment in creating a story using the web – and I thought the clips of real people from Sanditon, California were really interesting. I am definitely getting a sense of the personality of the place – even more so than some of the people! Which, I guess, is all we really have from the novel, so in that case, the web series has been a success. I’m looking forward to seeing where the story takes us. Also, as I believe this web series is shorter than The LBD, I’m excited to find out what their next one will be! Any guesses?