Publication Date: 1815
Page Count: 495
Also by Jane Austen:
Pride and Prejudice
Emma is the first book I have finished off of my 2015 Rereads and Classics List, and my third Austen novel.
Emma Woodhouse is twenty-one years old, and completely uninterested in marriage. To amuse herself, she attempts to play match-maker with those around her. She takes in a young girl Harriet Smith, in the hopes of finding her a suitable match, but Emma may have gotten herself in over her head.
I love the other two Austen novels I have read, and I loved this one too! Her novels always make me laugh, and this one was perhaps the funniest of the three I have read. Austen writes annoying characters so brilliantly, and her humor is so witty and timeless. I know a lot of people complain about not liking Emma as a character, but Emma is supposed to be a little unlikable! She is spoiled and thinks very highly of herself, but she is also fiercely independent and in charge of her own life AND she is only twenty-one! Any 19th century woman who declares she never wishes to marry at the age of twenty-one is all right with me!
Emma also undergoes huge character development, which is really great to see. I loved that the romance was not the main focus of this novel; the characters really drove this novel forward and each character was so well developed. Although this novel is rather long, I never once found myself bored with it or thinking to myself that it was dragging on. Austen's writing is so timeless, as are her plots, and I will be very sad when I run out of Austen material to read.
I would recommend checking out this novel, or any Austen novel, even if you aren't a fan or usual reader of classics. Austen's novels are very approachable and entertaining. Proof of the modernity of her works is in the sheer number of adaptions to film and television her works have received. I plan on watching a few adaptations of this novel and then posting about them (of course) but if you have seen the movie Clueless, (yes, that one that is the epitome of the 90's) then you have already watched an adaptation of Emma. I love Clueless and loved finding all the parallels and characters that cross over, and I'm really excited to watch the newest BBC adaptation as well as the adaptation with Gwyneth Paltrow.
What's your favorite Austen novel? and your favorite Austen adaptation?