I’m more of a Charlotte Brontë fan, myself, but after binging on Pemberley Digital’s “Emma Approved,” I might be more inclined to pick up a Jane Austen book- or two.
The 72 episodes (yes, I watched them in a span of 24 hours) are a modern rendition of Jane Austen’s novel, Emma:
The web series showcases Emma Woodhouse as a 20-something lifestyle coach/event planner/matchmaker/all-around-renaissance woman whose ambitious yet stubborn spirit gets her into a world of trouble.
Binge-watching a web series was not how I imagined spending my Sunday, but I thoroughly enjoyed the show and it got me to thinking. Modern re-telling of classic contemporary tales as web series could be a way to rejuvenate, preserve, and inspire interest in a new generation of readers. By applying the story to a modern-day context, it delivers the story in a message that appeals to the digital generation while sparking interest in what the original text was about.
“Emma Approved” isn’t the only literary-inspired web series from Pemberley Digital; the production company is also responsible for the widely popular, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Welcome to Sandition, and Frankenstein MD (Which airs on PBS).
With web series like “Emma Approved,” classic literature has the ability to make its mark on yet another generation of readers.
Could this perhaps be an emerging trend that book publishers invest in to generate interest and sales of classic and not-so-widely-known classic literature?
I guess we’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, what are some classic tales you’d like to see in a modern-day rendition?