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Similar plot to Jane Austen's "Emma"


Did anyone else pick up on this? It was pretty obvious to me, especially considering the re-use of the names "Emma" and "Jane" here.

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Not sure I agree, actually. This Emma is not trying to play matchmaker. And Emma does not have a sister. The Jane in Emma is Jane Fairfax, somebody that Emma spends most of the story disliking.

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Actually, Jane Austen's Emma has a sister - Isabella who is married to Knightley's younger brother. And though this movie isn't based on "Emma" it has definitely been inspired on some key points.
The love aspect between Emma and Mr Knightley is that they are not in love at the beginning, Knightley is the only one in the novel who sees flaws in Emma and who points them out (in a "I am trying to help you" not "I am being mean" way) Knightley doesn't realise his feelings for Emma before he gets competition from Churchill. He thinks he has lost Emma and goes away. First then does Emma realise that he is the one she loves (she thinks he is in love with her friend and that she has lost him - so misery all around).
Looking at this movie EVERYBODY loves Emma and Eric is the first one to point out her shortcomings. He is the first one to fall in love but not until Landon enters the scene. He thinks he has lucked out and leaves. Which is when Emma finds out who she really loves. But he has left so misery all around! So yes, this is "Emma" in Hallmark rapping.

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