Saturday, April 5, 2014
E is for Emma
Whew! We made it through the first week of the April A to Z Challenge. To end the first week off with a sensational note, the classic: Emma.
Beloved author Jane Austen stated about her protagonist, Emma Woodhouse as "handsome, clever, and rich" (Wikemedia Foundation, Inc., 2014). Of course for 1815, when the novel was originally published, handsome referred to women as well as men in how they looked. For Emma today, she would be considered pretty or beautiful. Emma is about how Miss Woodhouse tries to play matchmaker and really makes a mess of things, but it all seems to work out in the end.
Emma (1996) stars Gwyneth Paltrow as the privileged Miss Woodhouse. This gem also has the talents of Toni Collette and Alan Cumming, just to name a few. Gwyneth brings to life the character of Emma through her attempts to find love for her friends. Relationships are tried and tested as a result. While she may have lost, many of her attempts, the one match that everyone saw coming besides Miss Woodhouse, gives you that sense of fairy tale endings that feels like a warm hung inside. Emma might seem like a spoiled brat, but she has a heart of gold. I love how it shows how she matures and also develops her love interest as well and how well they compliment one another.