Making other people's lives better, one client at a time! *wink*
Alex: So, Emma Woodhouse, what's more important to you? Being a great friend, or being a great matchmaker?
Emma Approved is a new series by the creator and writers behind the incredibly popular Emmy-approved webseries The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. It follows the same vlog style as its spiritual forerunner, detailing the story of Jane Austen's Emma in YouTube videos posted twice a week.The first episode premiered on October 7th, 2013. The webseries can be found here..
Martin. Who has chemistry with Harriet. The most ridiculously awkwardly cute chemistry ever committed to film.
Age Lift: Alex, who in the book was thirty-seven, has been de-aged to around the same age as Emma (early to mid-twenties).
Beware the Nice Ones: Alex knows Emma's Berserk Button. Better, he is willing to tease her with it. Worse, he actually presses it hard when trying to convince her that she's wrong, and the result isn't exactly funny.
Big Sibling Instinct: Emma and Alex towards Harriet. Of course, since they are foils, they go radically differently about it. Emma is very condescending and manipulative towards her, and starts a Pygmalion Plot because she's certain that this is the best for her. She doesn't respect Harriet's choices. Alex thinks Harriet is fine this way. He never tries to change her and seems to just have trouble dealing with her Moe-ness tendancies.
Beneath the Mask: Emma's lack of durable and deep-seated self-confidence (and not the superficial, instable vanity she shows constantly) is foreshadowed since episode 3 at least.
Extreme Doormat: Harriet begins her assistant work for Emma this way. Although she questions Emma's decisions more than most examples, she's still completely willing to do them with gusto nevertheless.
Rich Bitch: Played with in Emma. She is mildly interested in fashion and loves her expensive outfits, which she sometimes uses as bribes to Screw the Rules, I Have Money! effect. She started her company with her father's money and uses it to take control of other people's life, because she feels superior and thinks they don't know what they want. She's also extremely driven and hard-working to the point she gained her own client base after her father's initial input, genuinely wants to help others. It doesn't hurt that she's mostly right and works as a Blithe SpiritChaotic GoodWonka Archetype.
The Only Way They Will Learn: Inverted with Emma. She thinks people are not able to see what is good for themselves until she shows it to them.
Shaped Like Itself: Emma's idea of role-playing is to have the people "pretend" to be what they really are.
Shipper on Deck: Emma for Ryan and Annie, and probably for everyone she has ever match-made. She does genuinely care about them, as shown when she correctly deduced the source of Annie's cold feet about marrying Ryan and took measures to prevent it. Her reasoning is that she could tell Annie really loved him.
Skewed Priorities: At the base level, Emma is not an example. She wants to make others happy and happens to focus on their personal life, she's self-reliant and ambitious and will not give up on her plans. It just happens that she has a terrible superiority complex and is certain that manipulating others into accepting a stylish life, maybe sacrificing independance and future chances at happiness because this will look adorable.
Spoiled Sweet: Emma is an interesting take on this trope. She wants to make other people happy, and she's charming when doing it. She's just not ready to understand what concretely makes them happy, because she's too spoiled and shallow to get into the depths of it.
Stepford Smiler: Emma is a type A. No matter how much Annie's cold feet displeases her and endangers her plans, she pretends to be unaffected and to leave her space. Annie isn't fooled.
Particularly clear in episode 16, as after Knightley furiously tells her off for convincing Harriet to turn down Martin, her facade is clearly cracked and she spends the last minute of the video struggling to cover it.
Uptown Girl: Emma's friend Annie is marrying into the Westins, a sprawling family of old money, and this is part of what causes her cold feet. Of course, since they get married in the first chapter of the book, the wedding being back on is a bit of a Foregone Conclusion.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Alex and Emma. She teases him about his clothes. And ruins them to improve his fashion sense. He hits her Berserk Button and takes a burning pot at her self-esteem to stop her casualties.
Wink Ding: Emma's big signature move. When Alex tries to imitate her and eye the camera, she's very offended.
Yes-Man: Harriet is introduced as being a Yes Woman constantly nodding to Emma.