Emma by Jane Austen – BONUS Book


Read this: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Emma⁠ by Jane Austen

Watch this: Emma. Movie on Amazon Prime

Why We Made This Selection and Background Knowledge

Julie: I knew it was Jane Austen. I saw the movie pop up and recognized Anya Taylor Joy.

Claire: Well-known book by Jane Austen. Never read it, but aware there are a few versions of the movie.

Overall Opinion of the Book

Claire: I thought it was okay, but hard to follow. I think if I tried to eyeball read it, I might have a different opinion, but once you listen to something and then switch to reading it, it’s hard to separate the book from the narrator in your head. I would be open to reading it again once I don’t associate the narrator’s voice with it anymore.

Julie: It was a hard read for me and I’m embarrassed to admit it. Aside from that, once I started listening, I enjoyed it.

Overall Opinion of the Movie

Julie: I liked the bright colors, humor, and the pace.

Claire: I wasn’t too into it at first, but I really liked it by the end. I was surprised with some of the colors, patterns, and styles of the time. There were a few times I thought they tried to make things too funny, but other than that, I enjoyed it.

Before you say which you liked better, did you read the book or listen to the audiobook… because it matters.

Claire: Listened on Audible.

Julie:  Listened on Audible.

Which was better?

Julie: The movie

Claire: The movie


  1. Was the outcome the same in both the show and the book? Yes
  2. Was the main character/primary narrator the same in the show and the book? Yes
  3. Was the primary conflict the same in the show and the book? Yes
  4. Would you read the book again or recommend it to a friend? Yes
  5. Would you watch the show/movie again or recommend it to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 5/5

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