Opinions of Jane Austen’s Emma, from the period

Though described by Jane Austen as “a heroine whom no one but myself will much like” (James Edward Austen-Leigh’s Memoir of Jane Austen, p. 158), Emma has delighted millions of readers throughout the years. Emma the novel also has its share of fans, though like its eponymous heroine, it has its detractors, too. Continue reading “Opinions of Jane Austen’s Emma, from the period”

PBS Emma Part Two, another Twitter party, and more!

Since the first Emma Twitter party was such a success, PBS.org is presenting another for Part Two!  There will be an “east coast” party beginning this Sunday, January 31, at 9pm ET and a “west coast” party to follow at 9pm PT at Twitter hashtag #emma_pbs.

You can use the official PBS Emma TwitGrid (it’s a new one!) to help you navigate all posts to the #emma_pbs hashtag.  Check the PBS.org Emma Twitter page for details and updates.   In the works:  another quiz with Laurel Ann and me, more prizes, and special discounts for party participants at ShopPBS!

In other news, Vic explains how to make Mrs. Weston’s wedding cake (as seen in the most recent Emma adaptation).  The key tool?  A Nordic Ware Cathedral Bundt Pan!  Also, don’t miss her thoughts on Emma 2009/2010 as reviewed by print media.

Catch author and #emma_pbs Twitter Party co-host Laurie Viera Rigler’s Emma review, posted at the PBS Remotely Connected blog.

And, in Persuasions Online, Laurie Kaplan discusses negative critical responses to the latest Emma in Adapting Emma for the Twenty-first Century: An Emma No One Will Like.

Also, Style Court discusses decor in the various Emma adaptations and Austen Only covers Mr. Knightley’s Strawberries.

Emma premiere roundup: Hours One and Two air on PBS Masterpiece Classic

Now that Emma‘s part one premiere is over, a few notes:

Emma premiers TOMORROW on PBS…

Emma is nigh!  Remember, there’s a special Emma Twitter Party tomorrow, hosted by PBS, Laurel Ann, Vic, and me!  Be there from 9-11 pm EST.  That’s 6pm PST, my time!

More information here!

Also, a very thoughtful discussion of Emma and Vermeer from Vic’s “Remotely Connected” blog at PBS.

And finally, here’s a roundup of some of the latest Emma reviews:

More Emma…including soundtrack notes!

Awww, Laurel Ann promoted the Emma Adaptations pages on Jane Austen Today!  Bless!

Also, Emma gets a glowing review from the Washington Post!

Find more links and resources relating to this newest adaptation here!

ETA:  Katherine of November’s Autumn just posted a cool slideshow featuring the series soundtrack (which you can download at Itunes – Search “Emma Soundtrack” and “Samuel Sim,” the composer)…

More information on Samuel Sim and the Emma soundtrack:

Emma Twitter Party…

For those who Tweet, PBS has organized a “Twitter Party” to accompany the January 24th U.S. premiere of Emma 4.

ETA:  Now I DO Tweet – I was asked to help out with the Emma Twitter party this sunday, so I registered a Tweetname.  I’m magicskyway.  FOLLOW ME, YO.

Emma in Seattle, Collecting Emma, PLUS Thoughts on Episode 2…

I first published this review in October of 2009 when Emma aired on the BBC, so some of the links and broadcast references will be out of date.

The Book-It Reperatory Theatre in Seattle is presenting a version of Emma from 10/22-11/22. More information here and here.

For those watching the Emma collectibles market, here is an interesting piece on buying and selling various older editions of the novel.

Now on to Emma 4, episode 2.  But first…

Another caveat – these are random, temporal, stream-of-consciousness thoughts.

I still like this adaptation, though there are certain elements that are starting to get on my nerves.

Continue reading “Emma in Seattle, Collecting Emma, PLUS Thoughts on Episode 2…”

For Austenprose: Regency costuming in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey adaptations

As part of her “Go Gothic!” tribute to Northanger Abbey, my friend Laurel Ann invited me to do a light look at the costuming in the 1986 and 2007 television adaptations of the novel.

Here it is!

Anyway, I hope people enjoy it.

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