Friday, June 15, 2012

Emma Week Tag

Sorry this is coming a bit late, but the past week at Elinor, Elizabeth, and Emma, Miss Woodhouse had been hosting a Emma Week. Here is the tag for Emma Week!

Did you read the book or watch an adaption first?

I actually watched an adaptation first before reading the book. The first adaptation I watched was the Kate Beckinsale version from 1997, but I felt like I didn't get the story when I first watched it, but after seeing the 1996 version, I understood it a little more. Then I read the book and as I was reading the book was watching the 2009 version on YouTube (before it aired on Masterpiece: Classic).

How many times have you read Emma?
Just once. When I have more time, I may read it again.

Your favorite adaption is?
Definitely the Romola Garai version from 2009. It fully told the story in a way that neither of the 90s version could.

Does Emma’s matchmaking ‘skills’ annoy you?  
Yes at first. That was one of the things that annoyed me about Emma at first was that she was so nosy. But then later, I recognized that she meant well and truly wanted to help her neighbors. Now her matchmaking doesn't really annoy me since she meant well.

List three minor characters you like in the story.
Mrs. Weston - She's such a nice character and was a good friend to Emma.

Mr. Weston - Ah, good Mr. Weston! How could anyone dislike him? He's a good husband to Miss Taylor ("Mrs. Weston, Father!"). It's too bad that his son isn't a great.
Jane Fairfax - I like Jane. I think that if Miss Bates hadn't talked so much about her to Emma that Emma and Jane could have been friends. But since Miss Bates constantly talked about Jane's accomplishments, Emma probably felt inadequate compared to Jane and started to dislike her.

Which character is the most annoying of the three? Mrs. Elton, Mr. Elton or Miss Bates? 
Well, I like Miss Bates (though she can be a little annoying).

Mr. Elton is fairly annoying, but neither of them are in the same universe as Mrs. Elton!

Mrs. Elton is her own category for annoying-ness! She's loud, manages to force the conversation towards herself, and she's mean!

Have you seen any Emma spinoffs? (meaning modern adaptions like the original story)
No, nor do I have any intention to. I'd much rather see the original than a spinoff.

The perfect sum-up of Mr. Knightley is? 
Perfect Gentleman, excellent brother(in-law), noble friend.

Described what you think of Emma herself in three words or less.
Annoying, but Well-intentioned. (Okay, that last word was hyphenated, but you get what I mean)

Harriet Smith receives a proposal from ____?
Robert Martin. ("A farmer? A good match for my intimate friend? It would be a degradation!")

Your most enjoyed scene is?
The scene where Mr. Elton snubs Harriet and Mr. Knightley saves her!

The villain is?
Oooh! A subject of much debate! We have mainly two choices: Mr. Elton and Frank Churchill. We could also say that Emma is her own worst enemy too, but let's not get into that. Frank Churchill does lie and makes Emma believe that he is in love with her, but it seemed like he was between a rock and a hard place and didn't know what to do but lie. And with Mr. Elton, he was after Emma for her money (essentially), marries Miss Augusta Hawkins, and then along with his new wife tries to put down Emma and Harriet. Well, there are stories that have two villains in them; maybe this is one of them.

Jane Fairfax is engaged to be married to ____? 
Frank Churchill.

Miss Taylor was Emma’s ____?
Governess, companion, and friend.

 God Bless,
God Bless, Miss Elizabeth Bennet

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