Last fall I blogged about the little web series that could, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries contrasting that with its fellow digital format newbie. It was the blog entry in which I shared early thoughts on the spin-off, Emma Approved. This post is a mish-mash of Emma Approved-ness because…
- a.) it’s Friday
- b.) I’m literally at my wit’s end keeping up with reviews – who needs to meet deadlines
- c.) the web series is on hiatus until – say what, June
All of this added up to a sensible conclusion that it’d be acceptable to write a bit about my progression of thoughts on Emma Woodhouse, the girl whose videos are busy documenting her “greatness.”
First impressions of this were very ho-hum. After seeing a few episodes, I then did a missing-Emma-Approved-don’t-care phase (which translates to missing several in a row before catching up one late winter afternoon when I didn’t feel like doing anything else). The a set of Tumblr photos lure me back. Needless to say, I am now more aware of when new episodes release and have to confess I get a little bit giddy when seeing the Twitter photos of Emma, Knightley and Company attending their “Emma approved” events, all planned by their new event coordinator, Harriet.
In the beginning I had to adjust my mindset having just come off the adorableness of Lizzie Bennet. Then my opinion of Emma who seems highly annoying – her winks, her self-professed “greatness,” her meddling and all that jazz, didn’t go well. In retrospect I did forget to remind myself that Emma Woodhouse is exasperating. Still I never feel this from the films.EMMA APPROVED #FWarchives Click To Tweet
Fortunately, Alex Knightley can make anything better.
What really sold me on the web series is his character. Through all of my Emma journeys, it’s been Mr. Knightley who has been the best part. I love how he challenges Emma. He also he respects her enough to challenge her, and I love that he believes in her.
I love how he loves her. In this version, I’m ho-hum about him in the beginning. However he’s become something of a modern hero in many ways because let me tell you, he is starting to show Emma who is boss as only Knightley can! That scene (episode 36) when he physically holds Emma back from ruining Harriet’s precious moment? Yep, that’s classic.
Since that first episode, fans have also met many other familiar characters – everyone from Miss Bates and Emma’s sister (who by the way, has her own moments of hilarity) to Mr. Elton, and it’s certainly helped along the story-telling which is what they should do. Same as with LBD, writers have masterfully (I don’t think that word is over embellishing) adapted this. To undertake this, they have two strikes against them. First it’s a web series with probably 5-7 minutes max per episode, plus it’s a contemporary version of Jane Austen’s classic novel, which in and of itself is challenging. Bottom line, sure Knightley has made things interesting as has the moments building – tender looks, anyone!? – between he and Emma, ever so subtly leading up to the mistaken disaster with Harriet and Emma’s realization, what we probably all delighted in most was the brilliant crossover. Yes, Pemberley Digital managed to connect LBD and their new sensation. How clever are they?
No matter what, I love Emma and her cute ploys. And best of all, I know that the gang has more surprises in store which makes this girl doubly excited for the triumphant return of Emma Approved and Company.
What about you, all. Are you liking the series just as before? Are you a fangirl?