Emma was the first Jane Austen book I've ever read &, originally, I liked it much more than Pride And Prejudice but I've since changed my mind. While I love this book, it's not my favorite anymore.
Emma is such a fun character because she is so sure that what she's doing is right when all the while she's just making a mess of things. The best part about her is that when she sees that she is wrong, she can laugh at herself & learn from her mistakes.
Mr. Knightly is one of my favorite Austen characters. His name says it all, "knightly." He is the perfect gentlemen...possibly moreso than Mr. Darcy, even.
The characters in this book, as in all Jane Austen books, represent both the follies & goodness in human nature, which is what I love about her writing. This is a wonderful book that I highly recommend for anyone new to Jane Austen.
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.