You must be the best judge of your own happiness. - Emma, by Jane Austen
Book Title: Emma, by Jane Austen
Emma was revolutionary in its form and technique. Its heroine is a self-deluded young woman with the leisure and power to meddle in the lives of her neighbours. The narrative was radically experimental because it was designed to share her delusions. The novel bent narration through the distorting lens of its protagonist’s mind. - How Jane Austen's Emma Changed the Face of Fiction, John Mullen, The Guardian
Well, all of that is true! But I tell you what, I cannot get through it. I have tried it as a book, an adaptation and a movie, and I just find this character irritating, and the story boring.
I know, I know. I'm a terrible person!
But I have tried many times. The closest I came to liking it was the movie with Gwyneth Paltrow.
I liked seeing her interpretation of Emma. I was sort of watching her act, though, you know? Not the same thing as enjoying the story.
Would I Recommend it?
Well, first of all, I think I am done with trying to like it! I love Jane Austen and all the things, but this one and I are not meant to get along.
Should you read it? Since I think it is probably well-written (it's Jane, after all), I would say give it a try if you're at all interested.
But it's a very l o n g story! If you start to get really bored, expect that that might continue.
I guess what I am saying is that based on my experience, I don't recommend it. But who knows? Your mileage may vary!
And if you've read it already, I'd love to know what you thought.
See you tomorrow!
Hi, I'm Jeanine
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