Emma Approved!


Hello everyone, did you think that I had fallen off the face of the earth? LOL.. well at times I’ve wondered if indeed I have done just that.  Yet.. here I am.

What many of you may not have realized is one week ago yesterday, WoM passed the one year mark.  I wanted to do a special post on that day and sadly this business just got in the way.  I have a new appreciation for all of you dear friends out there who have worked full-time jobs, taking care of their homes and families and then also doing all those things that go along with being the “woman of the house!”  I’ve always had a busy life, yet adding a busy work schedule, on top of everything else has really been a challenge.  A good challenge but a challenge all the same.  I’m not there yet.. but I am pressing forward!

Though I have been very busy, getting myself settled into this new business and all its responsibilities, WoM and my beloved Mr. Thornton has not been too far from my thoughts.  Along with my LONG list of “To Do’s” for work, I’ve also had an item on the list .. “Write post of WoM”  I’ve been working on one but it is still in the works!

In belated celebration of our milestone here at WoM.. I wanted to share something with you all that is just fun.  We all are busy trying to get things ready.. make things perfect for our families for the holidays.  So I wanted to post something that would take you all away, just for a few minutes and maybe feed that desire for romance and fun.  So here goes…

How many of you out there had the pleasure of following the Vlog on YouTube called “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” ? It is a modern retelling of the Jane Austin classic novel, Pride & Prejudice”.  I have to say, it was pure brilliance!  Clean, clever and full of fun!  It took 100 -5 minute episodes to tell this story, starting in April of 2012 and finishing in March of this year.

Going to the website this evening, I discovered that the series won a prestigious Emmy award.  Not at all a surprise.  I am ecstatic that this wonderful production received such recognition. If you have not had the pleasure of watching this vlog/series production, I will include a link to the website as well as the first episode below.

For those of you who did have the pleasure of following this fun story, I wanted to be sure that you all knew about the newest production. It is called ‘Emma Approved’.  It doesn’t take rocket science to understand that this new production will follow and modernize the Jane Austen classic story of Emma.  I’m looking forward to watching this story unfold with the same clever modern twists and play on words.

*Series can also be watched via the website: ‘Emma Approved’.

The series is well on it’s way with 19 episodes already posted on Youtube.  (the 20th due to be released tomorrow, Thursday, Dec 12th)  I hope you will all take a few minutes to follow this wonderful production.  You won’t be disappointed.

And for those of you who have not yet seen ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’, shame on you!  LOL  Just kidding!  I have posted the first episode of that series as well.  I will warn you .. it’s addictive and since all videos are available and posted on both the website and YouTube, you might want to make yourself a sandwich and a nice cup of hot tea.. cause you will be there for awhile! ;)

Be sure to leave a comment with what you think about ‘Emma Approved’ and/or ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’.  I would love to chat with you all about it.  Tell me what you found to be the most clever twist on the original story.  What were your favorite moments.  What did you think were the funniest?  *I will post my favorite episode in the comment section soon!

And here’s to hoping that one day they might consider a industrial classic by an author name E. Gaskell!

**And YEA!! The snowflakes are back!!  I miss them and wished they would have continued through January last year.

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Wendy Wallis
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 23:49:33

    I’ve heard of the LBD, but being a JA purist (sort of,) I turned up my nose at them, but after reading your post about them I have decided to have a look to see what the fuss is about. I’m currently scouring the internet for old versions (mini series,) of JA’s books, and having some success. I’ll get back to you when I’ve had a chance to have a look. I had missed you, but thought real life (Christmas,) may have gotten in the way, it’s good to have you back.

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    • loribear
      Dec 12, 2013 @ 00:02:18

      Please give it a try. It is a total modern take on the story and so does change some things but the changes are handled in a clever manner.

      It will not please all purists, yet I have yet to find a friend who gave it a try and didn’t get hooked! (Those that didn’t love it, watched only one episode or none at all)

      To enjoy it, you must go into it giving some grace, as modernizing the story could not have been a easy task. Still.. I found myself giggling at some of the “spins” on names or how they would cleverly portray an element in Jane Austin’s original storyline.

      I look forward to hearing what you think. As I said.. give yourself several episodes.

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  2. kittenwithawhip
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 02:58:56

    The LBD are *amazing*. As an Austen fan I was sceptical so came to them late, but I pretty much devoured the whole series in about 2 weeks once I’d started. The setting really cleverly stripped the story down to it’s heart – the relationships between the sisters – and gave us direct insight to Lizzie’s thoughts and feelings. I loved the spin-offs to Lydia and Gigi’s stories and the way they all integrated. And I cried happy tears at the end. Perfect story telling with a great cast. I loved Bing Lee and Jane and Gigi and Fitz. *sigh* Now I might have to go back and watch them all again…
    I’m watching Emma Approved too, but it’s not as gripping. Partly, I suppose because Emma is pretty obnoxious as a character and you can’t relate to her as easily as to Lizzie. It’s starting to get interesting though.

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    • loribear
      Dec 12, 2013 @ 09:21:22

      I’m a Period Drama fan in reality, which always translates to a deep appreciation and love for Austen works. I came to LBD part way in as well. It had come by a huge recommendation so I was neither skeptical nor excited. I just decided to check it out and see what she had been talking about. It took me a couple of episodes but I found the writing and performances delightful and amazingly clever, so I was hooked.

      I was mainly taken in by, as you state, ‘cleverly stripped the story down to it’s heart’. Things are obviously changed but each change is done with deep respect to the ‘heart of the story’. I’ve seen other modernizations of Austen’s work and sometimes the story suffered in the modernization process. With this series, each change was carefully planned, making sure the story always stayed true to the ‘heart’ of the message that Austen herself was trying to communicate.

      It evokes all the necessary emotions when needed but all in all, you leave each episode with a smile.

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  3. Carla
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 05:50:04

    Hi, welcome back Lori! Just now I have had a look at 1st episode of Emma series, luckily there are subtitles, so i could understand well enough. Mr. Knightley is always my favorite, also in this version! :-D Poor “boring” man!
    I don’t know if it could be possible to modernize our N&S in this way, it’s a more dramatic and complex story than the Austen ones… It’s a real challenge!

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    • loribear
      Dec 12, 2013 @ 09:33:33

      I loved LBD so much that I was ecstatic when I found out about ‘Emma Approved’. Sadly, I was so wrapped up in other things I totally missed it’s launch so have spent the past few weeks getting caught up.

      I will confess that I didn’t find myself adoring this Emma. I didn’t dislike her, but at the same time my ‘affection’ for her is growing much more slowly. This might be because Emma is probably my favorite Austen lead, though Ann from Persuasion is a close second. I fell in love with Emma because of all the Austen “females” she felt the more real. She can be sweet and endearing and yet annoying all at the same time. Emma loves those around her with depth and devotion but shows her immaturity in all the debacles that she creates.

      This Emma came off a bit too strong for me in the first couple of episodes, yet a plugged along, trusting the creators. I am thankful that I did because she is growing on me. I’m slowly seeing that vulnerable side that Knightley falls hard for.

      What can be said about dear sweet Knightley. You call him boring.. and yes there are strong elements of that. He is my favorite Austin hero! (Wentworth being my oh so close second) I love how he is nearly perfect, yet clearly human. He has all the qualities that I admire. Patience, wisdom, forbearance and even a nice element of whit. What’s not to love about this guy?

      The actor playing the role in ‘Emma Approved’ as done a wonderful job capturing these elements in the character and yet still giving us that modernization. And he’s cute to boot! lol

      **Anyone else think that ‘Martin’ is also adorable in this series? My heart broke when Harriet rejects his cute little video! I’m SO glad I know that they indeed end up together.

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      • Carla
        Dec 12, 2013 @ 12:17:21

        I have watched just a few minutes of the first episode, hadn’t time to watch it well. It’s this same Emma who calls her Mr Kightley “boring”. I adore the Austen’s Knightley, my favorite with Wentworth! This two men are the most credible male characters of hers, for what i can remember of the books. (read them long ago…)

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        • loribear
          Dec 12, 2013 @ 13:44:40

          LOL.. well give me a “poor boring man” such as Knightley any day! I’ve never really been a fan of the “bad” guy image. Though many of my friends do. It’s just a personal preference of mine. Unless I can find the heart in that bad guy, I always gravitate to the less exciting “good guy”.

          I’ve always admired the strong men with strong integrity. Of course I want to also see their passion.. the element that makes them tender. Thornton, Knightley and Wentworth have many things in common. They are all unique but they are still very much alike in other ways.

          I hope you will have time to watch more. Be patient, Emma does come off rather.. ‘stuck up’ (arrogant) at first but she is slowly softening.

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          • Carla
            Dec 12, 2013 @ 14:06:46

            If i have time, I’ll give it another look. My favorite readings are of “past times” kind so i can say I move for another era when reading, and it seems strange to me viewing modern versions of these stories!
            You have mentioned the real 3 mosqueteers of my favorite books! And their female heroines are often very young, so not so much mature; only Anne Elliot is the oldest and more mature, and the quietest. Lizzie and Emma are more the brilliant type. And about Margaret… we have an entire blog here of debates!!!

          • loribear
            Dec 13, 2013 @ 17:18:22

            Carla, I totally understand your preference to stories from “past times”. To be honest I am much the same. I can appreciate and like modern day stories.. but nothing can hit the spot than one that takes me to a different time and a different place. I love touring houses and such from the past. Imagining life when they were new. Favorite past time.

            Lizzie Bennet Dairies might not be for you.. but one thing that you might appreciate is that they kept the story innocent. Modernizing it but taking it down a level.

  4. Servetus
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 07:48:30

    Congratulations on a very productive year, and here’s to the next!

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    • loribear
      Dec 12, 2013 @ 09:09:02

      Thank you Servetus! It’s been a fun year. I am sorry that I’ve had to be so quiet.. but earning a living is alway important. ;)

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  6. Wendy Wallis
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 04:01:26

    I’ve watched 5 episodes, and I’m enjoying it, though I keep wishing the scenery would change. Got it bookmarked, so I’ll try and watch more episodes soon.

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  7. Galina
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 20:14:34

    Wow. Thanks for sharing the links. I never heard of LBD before. I just finished watching it and all available episodes of “Emma approved”. I admit it’s not my thing really. I watched with only one agenda in mind “How did they do it?”. I like period drama because it’s a period drama, where people don’t talk about college loans and such things, but I really admire makers of both shows for how skillfully they adapted the books.

    In that view I like Emma Approved much better than LBD which seemed a little (very little) unnatural and overplayed, where Emma approved portrays Emma just as I saw her in the book. This is first Emma adaptation that I actually like at all.

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  8. mcat
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 15:15:00

    Thanks for sharing with us. I started watching Emma Approved & enjoying it so far. Lori best wishes for your new business. The merriest of merries & happiest of happies to all!

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  9. Kate
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 07:25:30

    I adore both video diaries. I watched LBD in about a week last May and am having so much fun with Emma. There is already the sparks of a romance between Emma and Alex which I am not sure about but then maybe I need to revisit the novel.
    And the clothes are fab!
    Also looking forward to seeing what they do with Mrs Elton.
    Would love a North and South version as well.

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    • loribear
      Jan 25, 2014 @ 20:10:36

      I’m kind of going through withdrawal, having to wait a month for the next episode of Emma Approved!

      I would LOVE to see a North & South version too.. though I think they will stick to Austen stories for the next while.

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