The adaptation of Emma into a more modern version as depicted in Clueless was by far the most interesting. When the film started you already could see the obvious similarities between Emma and this adaptation. The characters are exactly the same as the novel but placed in a 21st century setting.

The director of Clueless seems to be adding a more dramatic and relatable dimension to the film for the viewers today. She updates the characters to fit today’s stereotypes while keeping the their originality intact as they were described in the novel. Cher is Emma but in more modern times, yes she is the spoiled rich girl that seems to have everything she has ever wanted but that seems to be a facade. She takes on a project of sorts with Tai as Emma does with Harriet in the novel. Throughout the movie it was obvious that Cher has is drawn to situations that needs fixing around her and she must fix them. Though at times she makes the situation worse she means well which I didn’t see the same characteristic in Emma throughout the novel.

This adaptation gives a new perspective of Jane Austen’s Emma in a way that wasn’t necessarily thought of before. The director worked with the cultural shifts of the 21st century and brought Jane Austen’s Emma into the modern world in wonderful way by using more modern ways of telling the story. There are a few scenes in which Heckerling replaces certain aspects with more modern things that work very well. An example is when Cher is giving her makeover to Tai and takes a picture of her to show her rather than a painting that was portrayed in the novel.

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  1. It’s at least mildly interesting that when Clueless came out, the major movie reviewers in newspapers and magazines were entirely clueless that it was an updated version of Emma. They reviewed it as a teen dating movie. (The film’s credits do not reference Jane Austen.) It wasn’t until the Gwyneth Paltrow film came out the following year that reviewers twigged to the ultimate source of the Heckerling screenplay.

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