I first read this book when I was just 19, and found the concept of Emma directing everyone's love lives perfectly reasonable. As an adult, I found it very, very funny. You will gain different perspectives when reading over time. The film adaptation, "Clueless," is also very fun.
Emma Woodhouse is rare in the Austen canon in that she is financially well-off. Arguably, the novel recounts the emotional and intellectual journey of the protagonist - and perhaps the reader - wherein she discovers the greater importance of inherent personal value (intelligence, taste, generosity, kindness) as compared to external features such as wealth or charm. Adapted in 1995 into the movie Clueless, Emma, like all of Austen's work, remains startlingly relevant to modern audiences. … more
Your perspective of this classic story, which has been remade as the contemporary movie Clueless, will evolve as you gain life experience. Emma is an 18 year old who believes she understands everyone's feelings and motives; she has no compunctions about matchmaking and arranging others' lives with amusing results.