Once upon a time there were two bookworms who wanted to read Classics. But they were afraid, a little intimidated and needed encouragement so they bonded together to form the Dust off your Classics challenge to support each other. Dee from Dee Read’s and myself read our way through some good classics, some great classics and found so much in these books that is surprisingly still relevant. So much so that I want to continue reading them and will continue to share my thoughts here on any I get through.
This time around I’m dusting off Emma and giving you ten reasons why you might considering dusting it off too.
Emma by Jane Austen
Genres: Classic, Emotions & Feelings, Historical Fiction, Love & Romance
Source: Kindle Freebie
Beautiful, clever, rich - and single - Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others.
But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected.
With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships
Ten Classic Reasons to read Emma :
It’s good fun! I know classics and good fun don’t often go hand in hand but I think they do here. It’s a comedy of misunderstanding and errors and it all got so ridiculously confused that it just made me smirk.
There are riddles in it. They don’t make a lot of sense to me but they add to the confusion.
Jane Austen thought no one would like Emma “I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like”. And I can’t deny that Emma irritates the life out of me at times but with her good nature wins me back around each time. I love flawed heroines and Emma is on the balance of it all a charming character.
It’s insightful into the rules and restrictions of society at the time. Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned British upper class taste of life from time to time. There is dancing and romancing and piano playing. Come on, that just has guilty pleasure written all over it!
Mr Knightley is no walkover. Everyone is charmed by Emma but Mr Knightley can see right through her. I love the battles of wit between them.
It’s not insta-love!
It will make you appreciate how much easier it is being a woman in todays world. Classic books are entertaining to read now and again but women had such a restrictive life that I always give a sigh of relief to return to the modern world.
I love how the book mocks Emma. She is portrayed as clever but she gets everything wrong. She is many things but insightful is not one of them.
If you enjoyed the movie Clueless, then it’s pretty interesting to go back to the original source and see what was carried over to the movie and what got lost in translation.
There is great character growth during the novel. Emma matures from a spoilt, vain, meddlesome girl into a far less arrogant woman with (somewhat) less snobbish ideas.
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Who should read Emma by Jane Austen?
If none of my top ten reasons have won you over, then I have to admit defeat. If however you enjoy Jane Austen novels with their tender love stories and great settings, then go for it.