I recently watched The Jane Austen Book Club, a romantic drama  about a group of women (and one man- Hugh Dancy) who read the six novels (Pride and Predjudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey) and come to realize that their lives are parallel to those of Austen’s fiction. Though the limitations of courting, rules of inheritance, cultural sensibility and overall charm of 19th century England do not translate well to present time L.A. the movie deftly weaves aspects of EMMA into the plot. For instance, Jocelyn, like Emma, acts as matchmaker for Grigg and her friend Sylvia while refusing to admit her own feelings for him. I think Jocelyn is an accurate model of a modern day Emma. She is an independent, un-married and strong spirited woman who breed dogs and presides over the book club. Overall the movie was a little cheesy and insincere, but certain parts, especially those similar to Emma were worth waiting for!

Lizzy

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