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A fun update to Austen's Emma,
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This review is from: The Importance of Being Emma (Darcy & Friends) (Paperback)
This is a light and fun update of Jane Austen's Emma, and is clever in the setting and detail. Highbury and Donwell Abbey become companies in Archer's re-telling, with Emma as a know-it-all MBA Marketing Director, and Mark Knightley is her corporate mentor and life-time friend.
Archer sticks very closely to Austen's story so much of the pleasure, for me, came from the clever way in which she re-writes the original. The characterisation isn't, sadly, quite so spot on, and Archer is far less subtle than Austen. Emma, for example, is charming in Austen but becomes a bit of a spoilt brat in Archer; Flynn Churchill is generally one-dimensional; and the relationship between Emma and Mark is far more antagonistic, more akin to Pride & Prejudice, than in the original.
But all these little niggles are easy to overlook in the overall light-hearted fun. So I really enjoyed this book as the perfect relaxing read.