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Top Ten Goofs in “Clueless,” a 1995 Film Adaptation of “Emma”

Top Ten Goofs in “Clueless,” a 1995 Film Adaptation of “Emma”

1995 was the year of Emma, with Clueless being the third adaptation from that year that I’ve covered in this series. Amy Heckerling, the writer, and director of Clueless beautifully translated Jane Austen’s themes and relationships into a modern comedy of teenage angst, foibles, and misunderstandings. Emma/Cher is a flawed character, so it seems fitting that… more goodness …

Top Ten Goofs in Emma (1972)

Top Ten Goofs in Emma (1972)

Years ago, I purchased a collection of Austen adaptations produced by the BBC in the 1970’s and 80’s. I watched all of them at least once, but some collected dust after their initial viewing, including this version of Emma. I came to this particular series “cold,” having not watched it clear through in nearly a… more goodness …

Books vs. Movies

Books vs. Movies

  It’s a fraught subject, I know. I can’t believe I’m even bringing up as it might be as divisive as politics these days… I’m kidding — Nothing is as contentious as books vs. movies. 😉 But it’s relevant to me right now, as I’m straddling between the two. Presently I’m beginning a deep dive… more goodness …

Emma (1997) Trivia Challenge

Emma (1997) Trivia Challenge

The hazards of matchmaking and relationship plot twists abound in Jane Austen’s novel Emma. Echoes of similar sorts of drama behind the scenes in the making of this production turned up as I researched for this post, but not in romances between the actors (in case that’s what you’re thinking.) Test your knowledge of this… more goodness …

Top Ten Goofs in Emma (1997)

Top Ten Goofs in Emma (1997)

Are you thinking that the title of this post is a goof? I can practically hear the objections winging their way across the cosmos. The Kate Beckinsale and Gwyneth Paltrow adaptations of Emma were both made in 1996. I wrestled with this conundrum since I can’t duplicate the title and the Goofs and Trivia series has… more goodness …

Casting blunders in Jane Austen adaptations

Casting blunders in Jane Austen adaptations

It is a truth universally acknowledged that many Janeites are drawn to Austen’s novels after watching the film or TV adaptations. Of these, there have been many, but the ones that most readers will remember were filmed since the mid-1990s. Today, however, I will not go over the merits of the talented Mr Firth and… more goodness …

Emma (2009) Trivia Challenge

Emma (2009) Trivia Challenge

At the Box Hill picnic in this version of Emma, Mr. Weston poses a conundrum, asking the group which two letters of the alphabet express perfection. His answer was “M” and “A” which together are “Em-ma.” The awkward irony of this is lost on no-one, as the entire group has just witnessed Emma’s stinging set-down… more goodness …

Pride and Prejudice 2005 – What I liked and What I Didn’t Like

Pride and Prejudice 2005 – What I liked and What I Didn’t Like

I have to admit that I haven’t watched the entirety of the 1995 BBC presentation of Pride and Prejudice and cannot comment on whether I like or don’t like it. For the moment, the 2005 version is my favorite. I’ve also seen snippets of the 1967 black and white and mourn the loss of most… more goodness …

Seeing Fanny Price Through Modern Eyes

Seeing Fanny Price Through Modern Eyes

Until this week, I had seen all of the major film adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels—the theater releases, the BBC series, etc.—except one. I have now completed the sweep by finally watching Patricia Rozema’s 1999 version of Mansfield Park. I missed the movie when it came out. After reading a few reviews and coming across… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in “Emma” (2009)

Top 10 Goofs in “Emma” (2009)

Today’s post was planned to be about the 1997 Kate Beckinsale version, but technology can be fickle and thanks to a DVD player that picked a decidedly inconvenient time to malfunction, I opted for plan B – a version of Emma that I could stream. The four-episode 2009 BBC adaptation of Emma, with Romola Garai in… more goodness …

Incandescent – An Excerpt

Incandescent – An Excerpt

The blurb for my new book, Incandescent, will go something like… “In this modern day twist on Jane Austen’s Persuasion, The Elliots are Hollywood Royalty –  a family of actors going back three generations. Annie Elliot has been cast to play Elizabeth Bennet in a new movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that takes place… more goodness …