Title: Emma’s New Year Author: Kathy
Source: Emma by Jane Austen Character(s): Emma & Knightly
Rating: NA Genre(s): NA
Chapter(s): 1 Status: Complete
Synopsis: Emma Woodhouse attends a party and finds an opportunity for love in the new year.
Welcome Readers, it’s time to close out another week. Since I’m in the middle of reading a couple very LONG stories – one is 81 chapters and the other is 122 chapters – I wanted to take a break to read something lighter. So, I went back to my old stomping ground of Austen stories and dug up some treasures. Ladies and Gentlemen, I am your reviewing host, the Fan Fic Reviewer; here to review the good, the bad, and those that should never exist in fan fiction.
Returning to my favorite site for Austen fiction I looked at the “Fantasia Gallery” where all the alternate universe stories are stored. There were plenty to choose from but this Emma one caught my interest. This is a cute one shot. It’s a modern setting for Emma and it’s essentially the ending of the book where Knightly confesses to Emma but it takes place at a New Years’ Party.
I’ll start by saying that I really enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the modern setting, the nods to the original story, the whirlwind of emotions Emma feels, and the relationship between Emma and Knightly. Just everything worked so well in this story!
I enjoyed the modern setting of this story, although I had initially thought it was going to be a 1920s setting; it has a swinger vibe to it. Further into the story, enough information is given to paint the modern setting; and who Emma is by this point in the story. Knowing who Emma is helps to show where in the original story this one parallels; the confession scene.
The writing does an amazing job of recapping the story of Emma via Emma’s evaluation of the past year and weaving it into the current events. It seamlessly goes through the ups and downs; from Miss Taylor’s wedding, befriending Harriet, the horrible debacle with Elton, and the strange relationship with Frank. It’s a well-crafted nod to Austen fans but not given in huge detail that would burden people unfamiliar with the original story.
This story does a great job in creating a sense for Emma’s emotions. She’s recently single, her last boyfriend was dating someone else, and her new friend is crushing on her long-time friend and brother-in-law. Then as midnight draws near her worst nightmare is released on the party; balloons. Emma’s fear during this part of the story is almost pliable. As is her relief when Knightly saves her. There is the sense that everything is kind of closing in around Emma throughout the party then there is the glimmer of light with Knightly rescue and confession.
The relationship between Knightly and Emma isn’t explored much but I don’t think it needed to be. After all, the story subtly gives hints as to the kind of relationship he’s had with Emma prior to the story and Emma actively chooses not to explore her feelings during the party. Knightly is very much like any other iteration, ever Emma’s dependable friend; he knows to do to help ease Emma’s burdens (getting her father food and drink), he anticipates her needs (fear of balloons), and he doesn’t seek admiration for his deeds. For showcasing very little of Knightly in the story, it does successfully illustrate him as the man who has always been by her side.
I don’t think there is anything terribly weak about this story. It’s got solid writing, a great build up, and is wonderfully charming for Austen fans. I kind of want to read more stories like this one.
I highly recommend Austen fans to check out this story. This is definitely worth the read.