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Wednesday Wafer-Thin Reading

Not much reading in the past week, mostly as a result of terrible time management.

What I've Just Finished Reading

Emma is so good! I really enjoyed Emma as a character -- her cleverness with all its familiar pitfalls, and her ability to learn and change for the better in spite of it -- and I like that everything works out in the end. Emma has probably the most cheerful ending of any of the Austen books I've read, where nothing goes really badly for anyone, and everyone is basically good and happy and no one has to be thrown out of Decent Society for shacking up with a naval officer in Bath. [Spoilers for Emma!]I didn't exactly want Emma and Mr. Knightley to get married -- I love their friendship a lot, but I wasn't really sold on them as a couple -- but whatever; Emma's so believably happy about it that my objections can take a hike.

What I'm Reading Now

The Aerodrome by Rex Warner, for 99 Novels. It's fast-moving and strangely not-strange. It feels like it was made by cutting up a Norton Anthology of English Literature and then putting the pieces in a food dehydrator. Like, it's this very loose, very cynical fake pastoral-village-pseudo-tragedy. I don't know exactly what to make of it, but it has my attention.

What I Plan to Read Next

Sense and Sensibility! I'm a little sad that I'm going to run out of Austen novels soon, but I am going to enjoy them while they last. And then I have a couple of other books to finish, too, that got left behind when I was away.


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Jul. 23rd, 2015 01:42 am (UTC)
Yay, I'm glad you liked Emma! And I hadn't really thought about it, but most of her books do seem to end with at least one character falling out of polite society forevermore because of their mistakes. Oh Regency England. Kind of a harsh place.

Have you seen the recent BBC version with Romola Garai? I think it's probably my favorite Jane Austen adaptation - I also really like the Northanger Abbey movie but, as much as I love Northanger Abbey, I think Emma has more depth and heft to it. Plus the adaptation is just so visually exuberant.
Jul. 23rd, 2015 01:44 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the Romola Garai adaptation, but I have seen pictures of it! want to watch it soon, but my library has neither that nor Clueless. :(

The only Jane Austen adaptation I've seen are the 1995 Pride & Prejudice (which was my whole family's favorite movie for years) and the later adaptation with Kiera Knightley (which I couldn't get into, probably just because it wasn't my beautiful 1995 confection). And Clueless, but it's been years since I saw Clueless.
Jul. 23rd, 2015 01:46 pm (UTC)
I'm not particularly fond of the Keira Knightley version either, except for the actress who played Jane, who was gorgeous. But otherwise the film is a bit of a mess, and I think Knightley is the wrong kind of peppery for Elizabeth Bennett.
Jul. 29th, 2015 09:51 pm (UTC)
I saw Clueless years before I'd even heard of Emma, so it was years later when I read the book that the scene with the photograph finally made sense to me.

Hey, have you seen The Lizzie Bennet Diaries or/and Emma Approved (they're YouTube series)?

Emma always felt pretty femslashy to me, tbh.
Jul. 29th, 2015 10:13 pm (UTC)
Hey, have you seen The Lizzie Bennet Diaries or/and Emma Approved (they're YouTube series)?

I haven't seen either! I was really excited about the first "multimedia adaptation of a classic novel" webseries I saw, but as they've proliferated my interest has decreased, probably just because I keep seeing new things before I've had the chance to watch the old ones and I perversely resent the new things for being too many. Time will tell if I decide to check them out anyway or not.
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