Part 1: Part 1 -Chapters 1-9
Wow, right off the bat I can see why Emma is one of Austen’s least likable heroines. One of her good friends gets married and all Emma can worry about is how she lost her friend. The type A personality is definitely shining though. Obviously I wasn’t a fan of how the whole Martin/Harriet situation went down. I didn’t see enough of Mr. Martin to make full judgement of him but he was quite nice from what I did see. Emma’s backhanded tactics were really annoying.
Oh my goodness, I love Mr. Knightley. He doesn’t hesitate to let Emma hear it like it is. That’s the type of friend that everyone needs one of. Emma most definitely needs one. For the most part I really appreciated how honest he was. I didn’t like how he handled the Martin/Harriet situation though. I did like that stood up to Emma about it but I didn’t like the fact that he had to bring up Harriet’s flaws/problems. It seemed a bit cruel.
Mr. Woodhouse and Isabella aer very needed in the story. Emma can definitely be offputting so seeing her love for the two of them makes Emma more tolerable. Harriet is likeable enough. She’s very sweet but I wish she’d get a bit more backbone. She’s too dependent on Emma for my taste. Mrs. Weston and Mr. Elton are nice enough but I haven’t seen enough of them to make a full judgement.
The story is moving along nicely. I can already sense a problem coming. Mr. Elton’s affection is bit open-ended. I can see why readers and characters would be unsure of who he has feelings for.
We’re introduced to all the main characters. Emma’s high strung personality shines through. I think she’s a bit more likeable on film for me. I like the change of Knightley to a younger man. It makes his and Emma’s friendship seem more natural. Harriet’s sweetness comes across very well on video. You can fully see her youthfulness. I like Martin a lot more on video. We actually get to see him more and see why he and Harriet would be a good match.
I don’t like that we have Emma’s dad and sister in the series. Like I said above, they mellow Emma out. They would be a great addition to the web series.
What are your thoughts on the story so far?