The creators of the fabulous Lizzie Bennet Dairies are doing it again - they are adapting Jane Austen's Emma into a web series!
Episode 1 of Emma Approved has finally been uploaded:
Be sure to check out the website and subscribe, you do not want to miss this! What makes these series' unique is that it is very interactive. You can follow the characters (and subplots) on Twitter. Currently the only main characters we have been introduced to are Emma and Knightley.
While episode 1 does not have me completely hooked as The Lizzie Bennet Diaries did, I will definitely be watching every single episode. I think Emma and Knightley are perfectly cast and true to character, and I think as a whole the series is going to be fabulous. Making Emma a professional matchmaker? Brilliant!
From the comments on Youtube and Facebook, people who haven't read the book are complaining a lot about Emma's character. That's the point, people! This is a coming of age story as much as a romance - it's about Emma growing up. Austen herself said in Emma she created a heroine nobody but herself would like very much. Emma might be hard to like now, but give her a fair chance. She gets better. Eventually ;)
One thing though, I don't understand the necessity of changing his name from George to Alex? I'm sure, however, that there is a reason, and we'll get to it in time. My guess is because in the book Knightley is almost 20 years Emma's senior - maybe George will be Alex' father? I know he doesn't have one in the book, but maybe they will create one to explain Knightley's significant change in age?