This week is Discovering Emma Week at Along the Brandywine! Heidi has lots of fun things planned for this week, and I know it's going to be a lovely event! Do hop on over and join the fun! :-)
Here are my answers to Heidi's Emma tag:
1. Have you ever read Emma?
Only about a third of it, I am slightly embarrassed to say. :-( I started reading it several years ago-- I think I was twelve, maybe?-- shortly after we'd watched the 2009 miniseries. I don't remember why I didn't finish it-- I probably got distracted by some other book, and I've just never gotten around to finishing it since then. I do hope to read it all someday though!
2. If so, is that how you first made her acquaintance? (If not, feel free to elaborate!)
I can't remember a time when I didn't know Jane Austen had written a novel called Emma-- my mother had read it in college, and somehow I had learned it was about a matchmaker, but my first real encounter was about four years ago. I had seen Romola Garai in several movies and really liked her as an actress, so when my sister and I found out she was in Emma, we got it from the library and watched it. I loved it at once, and to this day it is one of my favorite period dramas. The Romola Garai version is the only one I've seen, but I also have a slight interest in the older Kate Beckinsale version. I have seen the trailer for the Gwenyth Paltrow version, and frankly, it looks nauseating. But that's just my first impression, and I know lots of people like it.
3. Do you have a favorite film adaptation?
Yes! The 2009 BBC miniseries! Of course, that's the only one I've seen, but if I had seen others I'm confident the answer would still be the same. :-)
4. Favorite dress(es) from that film?
Oh, boy. Now you've really got me in a tight corner. I LOVE THEM ALL SO MUCH!!! Seriously, this is one of my favorite period drama wardrobes ever. But I will try to pick some of my favorites.
Emma's yellow flowered dress
Emma's green Christmas dress (sorry, there are hardly any full pictures of this dress, but I'm assuming most of y'all know what it looks like).
Emma's pink dress with the green waistband
Emma's flowered dress-- this is actually probably my very favorite. Really, Emma has a whole ton of dresses.
5. Share a line you love from either the book or movie/s—several if you like!
"Mr. Knightley, if I have not spoken it is because I am afraid I will awaken myself from this dream."
"If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more."
"Really, Emma, it is better to be without wits than to apply them as you do."
"I really think it is time for tea, and yet it has not arrived, do you think I should call Father in?"
~Emma (mainly the reason why I like this one is just because of the way Romola Garai says it)
"I have been so busy managing everyone else's hearts, I do not know my own."
6. Is Emma one of your favorite heroines? Why or why not?
Although I think Emma's absolutely darling and I like her a lot, she's not one of my top favorites. Mainly because I just don't identify with Jane Austen's heroines as much as others. While I love Emma's personality, she's not one of the heroines that I am most fond of or admire most.
7. What is one of Emma’s strengths (good qualities)?
Emma cares about her friends and wants the best for them, although she doesn't always go about it in the right way because she wants what she wants and often doesn't give much thought to other people's feelings or preferences. Emma is also good at making people feel welcome and at home, and she's lots of fun to be around.
8. Describe in one (or two…or three) sentences, why Mr. Knightley is so wonderful.
*scratches head* Well, okay.
Mr. Knightley is just wonderful. (Okay, I already passed the one sentence mark. ;-P) He's the perfect gentleman, a kind and dependable friend; he's considerate, practical, clever, and wise; he doesn't really care what other people think of him, yet he still maintains a spotless reputation. Mr. Knightley is just the man.
LOOK AT THAT SMILE.
9. Why do you think Mr. Knightley and Emma are so well suited to each other?
They understand one another. They can advise each other, tease each other and even criticize without worrying about really offending the other, because they know each other so well. She's very social and talkative and gets worked up about things easily, while he's more of a solitary person and is much more cut and dried, but yet they compliment each other so well.
10. Would you rather spend a week in Highbury with the Westons—on Abbey-Mill Farm with the Martins—or in London with the John Knightleys?
Hmmm.....I'm going to say Highbury with the Westons, although Abbey-Mill Farm sounds delightful as well. But I know the Westons far better than I know the Martins, and I'd probably get to see Mr. Woodhouse and Mr. and Mrs. Knightley at some point during the visit. :-)
Thank you, Heidi, for hosting this fun event! :-)