Thursday, October 23, 2014

Discovering Emma Week Tag

My sister Heidi’s long awaited Discovering Emma Week is now in progress! I can personally attest to the many hours and even days she worked diligently upon her schemes for the party, and I think everything is coming out beautifully, so do fly over and check it out! Here are my answers for the tag:

Have you ever read Emma?
No; however, I have listened to it I believe at least two or three times. Also, I am in the midst of reading through Miss Austen’s major works and currently am just one book away from Emma!

If so, is that how you first made her acquaintance? (If not, feel free to elaborate!)
I cannot recollect how I first met her, as it seems as if I have always known Jane Austen and her people!

Do you have a favorite film adaptation? 
I absolutely adore the ‘96 version! (You can read my review here). However, the ‘09 has many good points and I like the ’70’s in many ways as well... Hence, it is all very difficult to decide.

Favorite dress(es) from that film?
My favorite dress in the ‘96 version (and also my second favorite Regency dress!) is Emma’s lime green dress that she wears when the Eltons come to tea. However, her pink archery dress is also very lovely and I also really like her Box Hill dress and her ivory crossover-neckline gown with flowers sprinkled over it. I also love Harriet’s strawberry pink dress with white sleeves that she is wearing when she and Emma meet Mr. Martin. It’s so fresh and pretty!

Share a line you love from either the book or movie/s—several if you like!
Favorite movie lines are so hard as so much depends on countenance and voice, but…in the 70’s, Mr. John Knightley’s line about Mr. Elton. And oh, the scenes with Sir Nigel—I mean Mr. Knightley—and Mrs. Elton (from the 70’s) in both the scenes at Donwell Abbey (“What excursion?”) and Box Hill (with the insects). I can’t remember the exact lines, but I remember their expressions and oh, are they perfection!

Is Emma one of your favorite heroines? Why or why not?
Not exactly. It is not that I dislike her. It is just that we have never clicked so to speak, but I have not read the book and maybe if I did we would be better friends.

What is one of Emma’s strengths (good qualities)?
Her care for others which shows as—even with all her mistakes—she always has her friends best interests at heart. She simply needs direction.

Describe in one (or two…or three) sentences, why Mr. Knightley is so wonderful.
A confession: As a rule Mr. Knightley is not one of my favorite heroes. That being said, however, Jeremy Northam’s Mr. Knightley is my idea of near perfection. Why? His twinkle. I always fall for a twinkle. When a man has a twinkle it shows so much about him and this Mr. Knightley is one of my favorites. I also like the 70’s Mr. Knightley because—“Hey, it’s Sir Nigel from Robin Hood!” And what is even more diverting, is that once again he is wanting to marry a girl and move in on her estate. :)

Why do you think Mr. Knightley and Emma are so well suited to each other?
Because of their imperfections. :)

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?
My choice is between the John Knightleys or Abbey-Mill Farm. The Knightley’s would be a great deal of fun and London would give wonderful inspiration for my writing, but then…at Abbey-Mill Farm I would have the chance to work with draft horses. *happy sigh* Yes, I believe I would choose Abbey-Mill Farm.


  1. Thank you (for everything), lovely sister!! :) And thanks for filling out the tag.... :) I love your answers and your pictures!!! (I'm so glad you were able to use the parasol of my absolute top favorites. ;))

    1. Heidi - You are most welcome! And I had great time answering it!

  2. I'm so glad to find someone else who loves the 1996 version best too!
    And my favorite dress from it is the one Emma wears to tea with the Elton's as well! Except I call it aqua. :)

    1. Natalie - the '96 (GP) is terrific, is not it? I think we must be kindred spirits. :)

    2. I agree!! :) Kindred spirits, most definitely. :)

  3. His twinkle! Yes, Jeremy Northam definitely has twinkle. And now that I've thought the word 'twinkle' over and over, it's becoming a very odd-sounding word. Twinkle twinkle twinkle twinkle twinkle. Anyway... Mr. Knightley. I like him about as well as Mr. Darcy -- they kind of tie for my 3rd-favorite Austen hero, with Captain Wentworth my favorite and Henry Tilney a close second.

    1. Hamlette,
      I'm so sorry. I thought I had replied to this comment and found I hadn't!

      I agree. "Twinkle" is such an Alice in Wonderland sort of word. I wouldn't say Mr. Knightley is one of my absolute favorite heroes either, but...he's just Mr. Knightley. :)

      And thank you so much for the Famous People Tag. I don't think I will do it this time, but thanks bunches all the same!

    2. Fear not, I wasn't offended! :-) But thanks for the reply anyway. And don't worry about the tag -- they're always optional.


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