What a great time was had by all at the February meeting! We had our largest crowd ever and the fim "Bride & Prejudice" got a vigorous round of applause. One of our members, Katie, had the brilliant idea to continue to alternate formats for our meeting - one month an Austen novel discussion and the following month the same book in movie format. Her idea was proclaimed as "brilliant" by the folks attending, so it was adopted. Next month we will be reading and discussing "Emma" and picking a movie version to feature in April.
The movie "Clueless" is based on "Emma" but set in modern Beverly Hills.
Ostensibly a story about the perils of misconstrued romance, in fact the author treats with two of her more common themes, namely: the concerns and difficulties of women's lives in Georgian-Regency England; and, a 'comedy of manners' among her characters, each of whom would justify him/herself as behaving always of the highest standards of polite manners --even when, for some, their actual behaviours appear otherwise. In the opening paragraph the main character, Emma Woodhouse, is described as "handsome, clever, and rich". Also, it turns out, she is rather spoiled; and, she overvalues her personal judgment and skills at human match-making; and, she is naive —clueless, even— about the effects of her social machinations on others. Prior to starting the novel, Austen wrote, "I am going to take a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like." Wikipedia
Join us - you won't regret it. We'll have tea and cakes and lively and intelligent conversation. Meet us on March 9th at 6:00 pm in the McIntyre Room in the Carnegie Bldg.