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"I am going to take a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like."
Welcome to The Emma Adaptations Pages, a resource dedicated to the film, television, and other adaptations of Jane Austen's Emma. Jane Austen once referred to Emma as "a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like," though the rush of Emma movie and television adaptations in the late 20th and early 21st century has proven her at least partially wrong. This resource was founded by Kali Pappas in February, 1997, and has been growing sporadically since. If you want to keep up with the updates, you can watch my blog or join my strangegirl*com updates list. You are also welcome to get in touch via email or follow me on Twitter.
Hope you all like the "new" design! The title logo was made using Pia Frauss' Jane Austen font and the C.E. Brock frontispiece gem from a 1909 edition of the novel published by Dent/Dutton & Co. Thanks to Cinthia for providing wonderful scans of these Brock watercolors!
Jane Austen Emma News...
Lots of new Emma adaptation news!
- Famed mystery writer Alexander McCall Smith is rewriting Emma for the HarperFiction Austen Project. His Emma will be available in Fall, 2014 in the UK and Spring, 2015 in the US.
- The Emmy award winning team that brought you The Lizze Bennet Diaries is giving Emma the multi-media web serial treatment! Emma Approved should be an entertaining adaptation of our favorite Austen tale! It begins online on October 7, 2013. Our coverage continues here.
- Anne Sharp's presentation copy of Emma sold again in late 2012!
- Paul Gordon's Emma musical is back, this time at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre. It's running through February 27, 2011.
- Maria Edgeworth's early copy of Emma sold for 79,250 GBP in a Sotheby's auction on December 16, 2010.
- In 2010, Sir Michael Gambon received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Mr. Woodhouse in the 2009-2010 BBC Emma miniseries, while Romonal Garai received a Golden Globe nomination for her turn as Emma in the same production. Neither won, but it's nice to see them recognized nonetheless. More 2009-2010 BBC Emma/Emma 4 news...
- More Information is located within the Emma 4 category of my updates blog. My reviews of the miniseries plus a collection of other resources are available via my Emma 4 index page. For screenshots, visit the Image Gallery.
- As of late April, 2009, it's rumored that a sequel to Clueless is in the works, reuniting Alicia Silverstone and Amy Heckerling. Silverstone's reps deny the rumors, while Heckerling's make no comment either way.
Older Emma News...
- Aisha (AKA Ayesha) is premiering on August 6! This contemporary Bollywood remake stars Sonam Kapoor as Aisha, the "Emma" character in what promises to be a fun, Clueless-style romp. More details here.
- 2009-2010 BBC/PBS Emma costumes are on exhibit at the Jane Austen House Museum through May 16, 2010. Costume designer Rosalind Ebbutt will be presenting at the museum on May 7.
- Not adaptation news, but Anne Sharp's presentation copy of the novel was resold this week (March 29, 2010) for £325,000!
- Michael Bloom's stage adaptation of Emma is running right now at Drury Theatre in Cleveland Ohion through March 21, 2010.
- Emma 4 - premiered on U.S. television on January 24, 2010, running three consecutive Sundays through February 7 as part of the PBS/WGBH Masterpiece Classic series. The anticipated Jane Austen adaptation, which began filming in April, 2009, stars Romola Garai as Emma Woodhouse, Jonny Lee Miller as Mr. Knightley, and Michael Gambon as Mr. Woodhouse. It first aired on Sundays throughout October, 2009 on BBC 1.
- Emma 4 episodes are streaming at PBS.org until March 9, 2010. You can also purchase the DVD, which is available now at Amazon.com.
- Emma 4 Twitter Party on January 31: It's back! The first Emma Twitter Party was such a hit that we decided to come back for more! Join Vic and Laurel Ann for the 9-11pm ET timeslot, and author Laurie Viera Rigler and I for the 9-11pm PT timeslot. Both parties will feature a quiz. Participants in either quiz will be eligible for prizes from PBS.org and everyone who posts to the #emma_pbs hashtag during the events will qualify to use a special discount at ShopPBS!
- Cinthia's Brock scans and our usual assortment of Emma images are available in our new Image & Video Gallery. I've also added some illustrations from 1948 and 1964 edition of Emma provided by Laurel Ann, a couple of new Emma 2 videos, several of Vianne's fabulous (and my own not-so-fabulous) Emma 2 screencaps, and a crapload of Emma 3 screencaps.
- Emma 3 aired on March 23, 2008 in the U.S. as a part of the "Complete Jane Austen" series on Masterpiece Theatre.
- Laurel Ann and Ms. Place of the wonderful Jane Austen Today blog kindly invited me to share some notes and images regarding the fashions from this adaptation with their blog audience. If you'd like to check out the article, it's here.
- This isn't really Emma news, but it is Austen news. In October, 2008, I wrote a light look at the costuming in the 1986 and 2007 adaptations of Northanger Abbey for Laurel Ann's excellent Austenprose blog. Take a look, if you're interested.
How You Can Help
I don't get around to updating this site as often as I should, but I do try to keep it as current as possible. The materials I've included on this site are being used for educational purposes. I'm not making any profit from this site. I'm not giving away any free stuff that might make anyone lose any money. I'm simply promoting film, TV, and other adaptations of a public domain novel that I really enjoy.
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