Emma Woodhouse has the world at her fingertips. She’s young, pretty, and smart; she also happens to be the reigning queen of her village’s social scene. Emma lives in Highbury, a small town about sixteen miles outside of London, with her aging father. Mr. Woodhouse loves Emma, but he’s utterly unable to offer her any guidance – which is perhaps why Emma doesn’t seem to have any sense of her own limitations. Life seems pretty sweet – if a bit boring – and so Emma decides to spice things up by taking on a protégé, Harriet Smith. Even though Emma’s determined never to marry herself, she immediately decides to find Harriet a husband.
Determined to make Harriet into a gentlewoman, Emma sets out to refine Harriet’s tastes – especially in men. She convinces Harriet to dump Robert Martin, the young farmer who likes her, and set her sights on the town’s clergyman, Mr. Elton. Unfortunately, Mr. Elton turns out to be in love with Emma – or at least with Emma’s money. After the Mr. Elton debacle, Emma thinks that she’s learned her lessons in matchmaking. Luckily for us (if not for Harriet), she hasn’t. (I found this summary here).
I absolutely loved this book! I didn't like Pride and Prejudice because of the writing style and the storyline was so difficult to understand (and predictable) but this one is so differently! Because of my opinion of Pride and Prejudice I decided to watch a movie or series adaption first and then read the book. I chose the BBC 2009 mini-series and those actors are absolutely amazing! I watched an episode and then I read the chapters that goes along with it. Because of those amazing actors I remembered everything that happend, so it was easier and much more fun to read the book! I recommend to this as well (of you had troubles with Pride and Prejudice). Here's a trailer if you're interested in that series:
I marked the chapters that goes along with the episodes:
Episode 1: chapter 1 - 9
Episode 2: chapter 10 - 26
Episode 3: chapter 27 - 41
Episode 4: chapter 42 - end
So I loved this book a lot! I loved the main charachter Emma and her storyline and I think many girls can relate to her. Even this is a classic, beside the letters this could be a contemorary story as well! And that's one the things I like about this book. I haven't seen other adaptations so if you know a good one: please let me know!
Have you read Emma and how much did you like it?