Thursday, October 29, 2015

Emma Woodhouse

                                       Emma Woodhouse

                 “Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy                                    disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly                                          twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.”

As Jane Austen week is almost upon us, I feel obliged to write a post on Emma Woodhouse. Also, I am currently in a very Jane Austeny mood, as I have found I usually am. ;)

Emma Woodhouse has always been my favorite Jane Austen heroine. "Emma" was the first JA book I read and the first JA movie I watched, so it has always had a special place in my heart. I was first introduced to my favorite book of my favorite authoress on my tenth birthday on the subway going to "Mary Poppins" on broadway. I was rather bored waiting for the train, so my mom told me the story of "a wonderful book she was currently reading" {Emma}. I listened intently and later that month we watched the Gwyneth Paltrow adaption. After that I would ask my mom to tell me the stories of "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility" (the other books I knew nothing about). A couple of years afterward I started to read "Emma", and thus began my Jane Austen obsession. As for the character of Emma, I have always loved the spunky heroines best. As you can imagine, I not a huge fan of Anne Elliot and Fanny Price. It is very true though, that Emma has plenty of faults, as she can be persistently and obnoxiously meddlesome! But I think the characters who have faults and weaknesses are always my favorites, whereas the characters who are so good and basically can do no wrong aren't really. It seems as thought they should be, but they just aren't. But Emma is kind, and witty, and funny, and good, and such a lovable character despite her faults. Recently I read "Jane Fairfax", by Joan Aiken (another favorite authoress) which gave a totally different view of Jane, and Frank and especially Emma. It was a wonderful book, but it gave the feeling of Emma being rather mean, which she isn't, she is quite thoughtless sometimes, its true, but not mean or spiteful. At that note, let's take a look at the Emma Woodhouse portrayals. There are a few others, but these two are the best....

                                        Portrayed by:

                Romola Garai

Romola's portrayal is lovely I think, and although the first time I watched this 2007 version I didn't really like her portrayal, I love it now. The 2007 Emma is such an absolutely lovely movie. The music and scenery and costumes, its just so lovely! and Romola's Emma makes it even lovelier. She is so spunky and funny and after watching it a few more times, I now think Romola plays Emma to perfection.

Such lovely clothes!

           Gwyneth Paltrow

When I first read Emma, I always imagined her looking more like Gwyneth portrayal than Romola's. She was always my favorite, but now I think I like Romola's better. She was a little more dignified than Romola though, which Emma should be, but not as fun...  It is so hard for me to choose a favorite. I think they are both wonderful as Emma.

So there's Emma for you, my all time favorite Jane Austen heroine and second all time favorite heroine. If you liked the book, you should read "Jane Fairfax" and, of course, all of JA's other books. If you have not read "Emma", I don't know what you are doing reading this post, go read it now!!! 

                               Do you have a favorite JA heroine?                                                          Do you like Romola's portrayal or Gwyneth's?                                                         Go ahead and leave a comment! :D

                                       “Were I to fall in love, indeed, it would be a different thing;                                                          
but I have never been in love ; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.” 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015


Ok, so I just found out how to do headers, and I've made a whole bunch. they are such fun!!!! Here are just a few... Did I mention that they are so much fun??? ;) Most of the pictures I got from my pinterest. If you would like to snag a few for your header just go to my pinterest which is Lucy Amanda.

                                                    I will soon post a header tutorial.