October 14, 2013

Emma Approved Is...Emma Approved

So, about two months ago, I blogged about The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which I discovered months after they had ended.  Well now the same people have brought us Emma Approved, which is a retelling of Jane Austen's Emma.  The web series is three episodes in, and I'm already a fan.  "Why?" you may ask.  Well, let me tell you.

1) We've already met Knightley!
It took, what, 60 episodes for Darcy to appear in Lizzie's videos?  I understood why, but it's so exciting seeing the love interest right away.  And it's not awkward with the set-up of Emma Approved.  If Emma Approved was more like LBD, then it would seem forced.  But it's perfect here.

2) The portrayal of Emma
We're not entirely meant to like Emma.  She's selfish, and immature, and condescending, and pushy, but despite all of this, she is well-meaning.  That is all coming across very well so far in Emma Approved.

3) Harriet Smith
We just met Harriet in today's episode, and I don't know why, but I adore her.  She's so sweet and cute and so eager-to-please.  I think it's going to be fun seeing her get used to Emma's crazy personality (we already saw that with the whole latte thing at the end).

4) It's a retelling of Jane Austen, for goodness' sake.
It was an excellent idea for them to start with Pride and Prejudice, since it's more popular and well-known.  Emma is an excellent choice for the second series.  Her story translates well into 21st century America.  It's going to be fun to see where the story progresses.

5) Pre-Emma setting.
For those of you who have read the novel, Emma starts right after Mr. Weston and Miss Taylor's wedding.  To see everyone before the wedding is creating some interesting tension.  I'm curious to see where this will go.  I hope Ryan and Annie will still end up together!

And now for your enjoyment, the first Emma Approved video if you haven't seen it already.

New Emma Approved videos go up every Monday and Thursday, I believe. :)


  1. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I'll be exited to watch these too.

  2. Is it bad that I might like this more than the actual book Emma? (Which I, by the way, didn't finish. Though I'm pretty sure I know exactly how it ends.)

    I still need to check out the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. *puts on to-do-soon list*


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