by Jessica Runnels
We continue our Streamy coverage with a review of the web series Emma Approved. This Sunday is the fourth annual Streamy Awards for online video.
Jane Austen is one of the most famous novelists who ever lived. Her books have romance and drama and teach us a little lesson along the way, especially in her novel Emma. Emma is a stubborn woman who is always meddling in other people’s lives by playing matchmaker. She is so busy worrying about how her friends feel that she never stops to realize her own feelings. She hurts people a long the way by being quick to judge and by going a little too far in the meddling. She learns her lesson but it takes some time.
Emma Approved, created by Berni Su and Hank Green, is a modern adaptation of Emma. In this version Emma (Joanna Sotomura) is a life coach with her very own business funded by her rich father. Harriet (Dayeanne Hutton) is her assistant and Alex Knightley (Brent Bailey), the male lead of the story, is her financial advisor for the business. Emma and the characters talk to cameras located in various parts of the business because Emma wants to document her achievements.
It is a brilliant adaptation. I loved every minute of it. The actors are on point in every episode. Joanna is a perfect Emma, incorporating little gestures to make her portrayal of the character unique. Emma’s change from a stubborn girl to an open minded one is brilliantly achieved in this adaptation. Brent is an adorable Alex Knightley, and Dayeanne is a silly but intelligent Harriet who steals the show in many moments throughout the series. The series ended a couple weeks ago but the entire thing is available to watch on YouTube. I highly suggest you watch it; you won’t be disappointed.
Joanna is nominated for a Streamy. Check out more of our reviews of Streamy Award nominees, along with other web series and vlog reviews, in our Web Series section.