Emma – by Alexander McCall Smith

25 11 2015

I was excited to read this entry in the Austen Project, and see how McCall Smith had managed to modernise this story, particularly as it’s been done successfully before in the 90s film, Clueless.

Sadly, I don’t think this book did as good a job. Yes the English is modernised so it’s easy to read, and Emma now drives a mini, but she still lives in a 14 bedroom house and has a governess – even if they do comment how unusual it is for this day and age, why do it?!

I quite liked that Emma had been to Bath Uni, as that’s where I went, but it sounds more like she went to Bath Spa as she did a “decorative arts” course!

It was a fun book, the characters are generally exactly as they should be, but I just don’t think the modern day aspect came across which was a shame. If you were just reading it as a book with no blurb and no pre-conceptions then of course it was great!

I’m looking forward to seeing who they’re going to get to write the next one in this series now, I believe Pride and Prejudice is due next!

emma





Friday five favourite: Chick flicks part 1

14 06 2013

To avoid too much judgement I’m doing chick flicks, not just “films”, because if I did my five favourite films I’d get looked down on!
The other key word here is “favourite”, not “Friday five best”, so I’m totally entitled to my own opinion 🙂

This has been so hard to get down to five, first I eliminated things like Little Women that seem to straddle the border between classic literature and chick flicks, great as it is! Even then, nope, it still wasn’t working, so here’s part 1 of 2, it’s going to have to be a list of 10, there’s just too many!

This week I’ve focused on what are probably some slightly older ones mainly, some proper classics 🙂

10 Things I hate about you

I spend most of this film wanting Julia Stiles’ hair… seriously!

Sleepless in Seattle

I was first introduced to this by my mum and while we both ended up with it on DVD, if it was on telly we’d still sit down together to watch it. In the film the girls talk along with a film they watch that they know really well – I do it with this film!

Clueless

You know you’ve seen a film too many times when you spot a few clips in the trailer than aren’t in the film.
But worse, when you realise they used a different take in the trailer on on scene than in the film… “I totally paused” was totally different!


These 2 are a little more recent, but still fall under the ‘classic’s heading I think 🙂

The Holiday

Love Actually

So you know the drill:
What are your favourite chick flicks?