At the Risk of Being Stoned to Death By Jane Austen Fans

I read Emma last weekend and it had been a good ten years since my last reading. I couldn’t believe how much it was like Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging. Yes, that one! The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. It is like practically the same book, except for the time period.
Reasons:
#1 They are both super disrespectful of the older people in their lives. Georgia calls her parents “the olds” and makes fun of their clown car. Emma is more subtle, but the way she describes her father’s speeches about not believing someone would do something so crazy as to open a window while dancing shows us what she thinks of his ideas.
#2 Both meddle in their friends lives. Georgia convinces her best friend that she is too good for the grocer boy, Emma convinces her friend she is too good for the farmer.
#3 They are both extremely self-centered. They both let their friends go on about their boring lives without really listening.
#4 They think themselves far superior than their friends. Those are Emma’s words — I think Georgia says something more along the lines of “the dimness of her little palsies”. Of course, Emma’s friends don’t wear fake fur on their hands for fun, but the similarity is there.
#5 Arch-enemies. Lindsay with her small forehead and thongs, Mrs. Elton with her affected laugh. Actually, they might both have affected laughs. I’m not sure about Mrs. Elton’s forehead or undergarments.
#6 Sex Gods. Georgia comes right out and calls him that while Emma dithers about it. Both think these individuals are far superior to any other male around.
#7 Funny young people. We don’t get to see much of Emma’s nieces and nephews but they’re probably hiding things in her bed just as Georgia’s sister is.
#8 They both make me laugh. A lot.
See, they’re the same! Try reading both in one go and see what you think.

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  1. Good observations. It’s been awhile since I’ve read Angus, but I think Emma is far more confident than Georgia, which is important. Clueless is still my favorite Jane Austen interpretation of all time.

    It was good to meet you this weekend!

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