Posted by Kathy F. on August 02, 1997 at 10:23:48:
In reply to Is anyone else having trouble reading Emma? posted by Jen K on August 01, 1997 at 23:41:56
] I've been determined to read Emma with you all because it's one of the only JA books I've been unable to read alone. I'm trying to like her, I really am.
] However, I've seen Emma2 a few times now (I confess myself a JN drooler) and find my memory of the film clouding my reading. Anyone have any hints as to how to avoid skimming through the dialogue which is so familiar to me?
Just force yourself. That's the only advice I can give. I would recommend that you read every word, because in every adaptation that I have seen of any book, there is always something different in at least some of the dialogue. Either it's sentences transposed or cut short, or new additions. And the things left out might be very important in a later part of the novel, but weren't necessary for the point of the movie; or the things added might color the novel, and make it a bit different from what JA was trying to show--by making a character sillier, nicer, meaner, or whatever than what was shown in the novel.