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YMMV: Emma
     The Book 
  • Les Yay: Good God. Emma even says she's interested in Harriet because she's so pretty and passionately insists to Mr. Knightley that no man in the world is good enough for her. Not to mention the wording of Emma's relationship with her former governess.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Emma again. Jane Austen wrote before she started that, "I am going to take a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like."
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Mr. Knightley ships Harriet/Robert Martin. Emma ships Harriet/Mr. Elton, and as far as she's concerned, Robert Martin should Die for Our Ship.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The newest Austen mash-up James Fairfax takes place in an Alternate Universe where same-gender relationships are not the least bit unusual... and simply Gender Flips Jane Fairfax into a male instead of making Emma/Harriet the Official Couple — although at least the subtext between them is openly acknowledged.
  • Values Dissonance: Emma's ignorance of Harriet's rank and insistence that the circumstances of Harriet's birth should not deprive her of the same respect and opportunities open to richer, less-tender-hearted women is portrayed as a bad thing. note 
    • More an 'unrealistic given the circumstances' thing. Also in-universe Values Dissonance where Harriet's obscurity isn't a problem to Emma but she considers association with Robert Martin demeaning. And another in-universe example in the great respect Miss Taylor/Mrs. Weston garners as a governess versus everyone being very sad about poor Jane having to become a governess.
      • That has more do with situation. Miss Taylor/Mrs. Weston lucked out as a governess, getting a good rich family that treated her like a member of the family and loving kids THEN marriage. Marriage is highly unlikely for a governess, which is the only way OUT of being a governess. If Miss Taylor was less beloved she would have been shipped out when Emma was sixteen. You get hints of this with Mrs. Elton being very snide about Mrs. Weston because of her background.
    • Knightley's objection is probably because it's not fair to delude the rather simple-minded Harriet into believing that she doesn't have a problem... in fact, more to the point, to do so while derailing her marriage to a yeoman with whom she would have been perfectly happy. (Even to the yeomanry it would have mattered, albeit not as much- Robert is still a catch, even if he does get his hands dirty.)
    • For a completely different example of Values Dissonance, it's eventually revealed that Mr. Knightley has been in love with Emma since she was which time he was twenty-nine!
  • The Woobie: Miss Bates is pretty annoying for most of the book, but you want to give her a big hug after Emma insults her.

     The Wrestler 
  • Author's Saving Throw: Emma got arrested for 'stealing' (in reality, she was using a self-scanner and forgot to scan an iPod case, and the store needed to meet a quota, so she got arrested) and ended up being fired. The fans went berserk, with quite a few questioning why Emma got fired when people like Cameron (who got arrested for a DUI, lied about where she worked and tried to bribe a cop) and Jack Swagger (who got busted with marijuana) are still on the roster. She was subsequently rehired within 2 hours. That she's the only Austrailian on the WWE roster & the company will be touring there just over a month later probably helped too.
  • Badass Decay: It's not her fault, though. It's pretty much impossible to find a fan who likes that she's been paired with Santino. A huge number of fans want Emma to go solo ASAP.
  • Ear Worm: That entrance theme...
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Emma is really popular amongst the fans aware of her work away from the main roster.

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