Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Emma Tag!

Lady Anorien over at Along the Brandywine is doing an Emma party this week!  Naturally I am taking part, so here I am (after a lengthy absence...*cringes*  My sincere apologies.) answering the tag!
1. Have you ever read Emma?
Um.  Let me think.
YES. :D  I adore it.
2. If so, is that how you first made her acquaintance? (If not, feel free to elaborate!)
Yup!  It was actually how I first made the acquaintance of Jane Austen.  Though I first thought Emma was dry as dust, my opinion changed right speedily.
3. Do you have a favorite film adaptation?
Emma '09.  Indubitably.  It's gorgeous, and Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller are PERFECT as Emma and Mr Knightley.
4. Favorite dress(es) from that film?
Hmmm...I really like Emma's Highbury Market dress.  I also like her ball dress, and honorable mention goes to the Box Hill dress.
5. Share a line you love from either the book or movie/s—several if you like!
 "If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more," of course! *melts*

6. Is Emma one of your favorite heroines? Why or why not?
Ehmmm...not really.  I do like her most of the time, but she can be irritating and sometimes makes me cringe, so she's not first on my list of favorite Austen heroines.  That honor goes to Elinor, closely followed by Lizzy, Catherine, and Anne. :P
7. What is one of Emma’s strengths (good qualities)?
Her solicitude for her father and her ability to make the best of most situations. 
8. Describe in one (or two…or three) sentences, why Mr. Knightley is so wonderful.
Ummm...he embodies the spirit of chivalry and he's always a perfect gentleman.  Also he values truth over tact.  (Though I prefer Mr Tilney, personally.  Mr Knightley occasionally annoys me.  VERY occasionally.)

9. Why do you think Mr. Knightley and Emma are so well suited to each other?
They complement and help each other.  He can see her flaws (and has the courage to point them out) while still loving her; she softens his heart and pride. 
10. Would you rather spend a week in Highbury with the Westons—on Abbey-Mill Farm with the Martins—or in London with the John Knightleys?
A week in Highbury with the Westons, no question.  For one thing, I'd get to meet everyone in Highbury since the Westons are so social, and for another, it would be a genuine pleasure to get to meet them.  Mrs Weston is so sweet, and I get the feeling that it would be very easy to talk to Mr Weston, and I like people who make me like them with whom I can converse without effort.

~Miss Jane Bennet

4 comments:

Joanna said...

How interesting that you prefer Tilney over Knightley. I love JJ Feild as Tilney, but I think I actually prefer Knightley. Probably because I studied Emma more. ;-)

And I'm curious. What about Elinor makes her your favorite heroine?

Heidi ~ Lady of Anorien said...

Thanks so much for doing the tag!! I really enjoyed your answers...and you nailed some absolutely great points! I particularly liked what you said about them helping each other.

And hee! The sawdust. ;) I think Emma was actually the first Austen I (tried) to read at about twelve/thirteen and (quite honestly) I couldn't make it past the first page. (And I tried several times!) Then I went on to read P&P, etc...and finally made it back around. ;) I think perhaps sometimes Emma's somewhat of an acquired taste...like olives? (to quote Wodehouse ;))

Anyhow, I very much enjoyed your answers and thanks so much for joining the party! :)

Sophie said...

You prefer Mr Tilney?... I think you did say that at some point. Hmmmph. :P I love Mr Tilney, but Mr Knightley is the bestest.
Emma has some of the nicest dresses ever, IMO. ;)
D'awww, the picture... Both pictures... *melts*
I do love Emma, but I'm not quite sure where she fits on my list. She's annoying sometimes but so loveable...
I think that for the last question I just might go for London with the John Knightleys. I love John Knightley. :D Though on the other hand, I'd love to meet the Westons and there would be more of a chance of seeing the George Knightleys... (Ugh, the phrase "George Knightleys" is horrible.)
That was very enjoyable. :D

Miss Elliot said...

Aww, I've missed you!! I haven't blogged in ages, either. Let's just pretend we've been busy filming a TV show with the BBC. Maybe another season of Sherlock, heehee.
Anyways, dear Emma! :-) "Nonsensical girl!" I love her. I prefer Mr. Tilney too, now that I really think about it. I haven't seen any movie version of NA, so I can't say anything about looks. Haha.