“I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.”If you're not a fan of Austen in one form or another I'm not sure we can be friends, Austen has been somewhat of a rock to me, I love the historical context and I'm also fascinated with Jane's personal life. But considering how much of a book worm I was growing up (I was that kid that was super geeky and slept with a book under her pillow...) I was introduced to Jane Austen rather late. It wasn't until I started boarding school and had to read Pride & Prejudice for my coursework that I began to appreciate her. I always felt I was more of a Charlotte Bronte girl at heart. But Miss Austen has changed that entirely for me.
Emma was published in 1815, Austen's fourth novel after Sense and Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice and Mansfield Park. Emma deals with the titular character of Emma Woodhouse, a beautiful and spoilt girl who thinks of herself as a bit of a matchmaker having introduced her best friend and former governess to her future husband. Emma takes credit for their marriage and more matchmaking attempts ensue and as does the drama.
I've seen the BBC TV serial adaptation with the gorgeous Romola Garai and of course the 90's classic Clueless, so the plot is pretty familiar to me but there's something lovely about being able to dive in deeper when reading the novel. Emma is a hard character to like at times but I think that's what makes the novel more enjoyable. She's a funny character that is keeping me entertained whilst delayed April weather is raging outside my Cardiff window.
Do you guys have any favourite Jane Austen books or characters? So far I can really recommend Emma to all of you.