Heidi's Emma Week has officially started, and here are my answers to her clever and fun Emma-tag! In addition, I've made a game for this week, so don't forget to check it out and try to play!
1. Have you ever read Emma?
Yes, I have - only once properly, although I'm definitely planning to read it again, once I have time. :) I love it - Emma is a lovely heroine - a little annoying at some times, some people may think, but I think she's delightful, nonsensical and very fun. :) And Mr Knightley is adorable. They are such a cute couple!
2. If so, is that how you first made her acquaintance? (If not, feel free to elaborate!)
Yes, it is. I'm very proud to say that it is. :-) I read the book first, but as a rather young girl, and didn't understand much of it and didn't get far. Because, after all, Jane Austen is not exactly famous for her easy reads. So then we borrowed the Kate Beckinsale version from some friends and watched it. Na, I didn't really enjoy it.
BUT. That opinion was lost forever once I saw the Romola Garai version! FOR EVER. Emma 2009 is now officially my second favourite movie (after P&P95). Then I reread the book properly and loved it! :-)
3. Do you have a favourite film adaptation?
Yes, Yes, Yes. The 2009 version forever! It's absolutely magnificent - Romola Garai makes such a sweet, nonsensical Emma and Johnny Lee Miller's performance of Mr Knightley is - Oh, beyond perfection! *Naomi swoons*
4. Favourite dress(es) from that film?
Heehee, where to start! Romola Garai has one of my favourite Period Drama wardrobes ever, and that says a vast deal indeed. All her dresses have such a youthful, sweet, simple, yet special and almost-elaborate feeling. She has some lovely flowery prints!
Okay, I've finally taken my decision. This is my favourite Emma dress:
Isn't it swoony?
5. Share a line you love from either the book or movie/s—several if you like!
Mr Knightley's, 'If I loved you less I might be able to talk about it more, ' is definitely one of my favourites. I also love the, 'Nonsensical girl!' quote, of course. Oh, and 'Ship-court!' heehee. Can you hear I love this book and the 2009 movie?
6. Is Emma one of your favourite heroines? Why or why not?
I know she annoys many people, but not me. Perhaps I'd think her a little over-the-top if I met her in real life (when she's at that nonsensical stage in the beginning of the book), but seriously, as a heroine she definitely one of favourites. She and I are more similar than you'd imagine. No, I don't play match maker. Um, not out loud, anyway.
7. What is one of Emma’s strengths (good qualities)?
Her wit/charm. And also her kind heart and her willingness to help. That wasn't just one. Oops.
8. Describe in one (or two…or three) sentences, why Mr. Knightley is so wonderful.
"Or two... or three"... Hahaa. Heidi, I comprehend your feelings. Thank goodness I'm good at making my sentences long! Mr Knightley is wonderful because - Ah, because he IS. He's so good and gentle and kind and witty AND handsome. What else do we girls want? I've actually made a post about why I love (Johnny Lee Miller's) Mr Knightley so much - stay tuned for some innocent fangirling. :-)
9. Why do you think Mr. Knightley and Emma are so well suited to each other?
Opposites attract. Well, Mr Knightley and Emma aren't that strikingly different, but still, they don't have that many similarities. While Emma is bouncy (a little too), funny and energetic, Mr Knightley has the practical, wise side that Emma needs. They have always been childhood friends, so they know each others strengths and weaknesses. Eck, their relationship is just wayyy too cute. I cannot take it in. I cannot.
10. 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?
Good question. The John Knightleys. Because Mr Knightley pays them visits now and then, and because they have noisy children. I like that. :-)
Well, thanks Heidi for the fun tag! Do be sure to join the fun, friends!