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Read This Book: EMMA by Jane Austen

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Happy Birthday, Jane Austen! On this day in 1775, Jane Austen was born in Steventon, Hampshire, England. At the ripe age of 36, Austen published her first novel Sense and Sensibility, but the novel that turned Jane Austen into a literary icon and launched a thousand retellings is the classic Pride and Prejudice. However, I’ve never actually read Pride and Prejudice. In fact, I’ve only recently read my first Jane Austen novel. The only reason why I read said book is because it was the inspiration for one of my all time favorite movies, Clueless

Emma Book Cover

Emma by Jane Austen

Emma Woodhouse is beautiful and witty, but also spoiled and vain. Emma spends most of her time in a sleepy village town organizing the lives of her fellow inhabitants and playing matchmaker with devastating effect.

I will admit Emma was a roller coaster read for me. There were times when I finished a chapter and wondered what purpose all those words served in the story because nothing significant occurred. Other times, I was devouring this literary rom-com. Unfortunately, the good times were few and far between for me. However, experiencing some of the best parts from Clueless while reading Emma were priceless! Looking for those “Clueless” moments in this story is what kept me turning the page. Tai being Harriet, Elton being Mr. Elton, Josh being Mr. Knightley, and of course Cher being Emma had my inner Clueless heart squealing with delight. Although, I was still way squicked out about the borderline incestuous love between Cher Emma and her “brother” Josh George, and their 17-year age difference did not help the situation. 

Despite the literary world claiming Emma as one of Austen’s best novels, it took my obsession with a cult classic teen romantic comedy to finally read it. If you can’t get enough of Clueless either, then it’s time to become familiar with the tome that inspired it. Even if you are not really a Clueless fan (As if?!), I still recommend reading this book on principle alone. Pride and Prejudice is constantly in the spotlight, and it’s time for Emma to get some shine.

Until next time bookish friends,


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