No. 4: Emma, Jane Austen, 1816, Summary and Similar Books

Book No. 4 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Novels of All Time, get a summary of Emma by Jane Austen, find similar books to Emma and find movie versions of the book.

Jane Austin’s fourth novel stars Emma Woodhouse, a wealthy, naive, dilettante. The young woman spends her days with her worrisome father, where she’s content avoiding marriage. And yet how she adores playing Cupid for her friends. Terribly inept at the task, she’s also immune to the advances of the men closest to her. Still, her naivete and lightheartedness are endearing, despite Austin’s wishes.

“I am going to take a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like,” Austin said, before starting the novel. She was 39 when she finished the book – the last in her lifetime. It earned her a mere 40 pounds, but Emma would eventually be recognized as one of Austen’s most flawed, infuriating and beloved characters. Think “Gwenth Paltrow” in the famous film adaption.

Emma is No. 4 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Books of All Time.

Sequels to Emma, by Jane Austen

Emma, Vol. 1, Kaoru Mori

Similar Books to Emma, by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
Emma, by Jane Austen
Frederica, by Georgette Heyer
Magic Flutes, by Eva Ibbotson
Again the Magic, by Lisa Kleypas
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
Persuasion, by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
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Movie Versions of Emma, by Jane Austen

Emma (1996), starring Gwyneth Paltrow and James Cosmo

Emma (2009 BBC), starring Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller

Emma (1997), starring Kate Beckinsale and Bernard Hepton

Emma (1972 BBC), starring Doran Godwin and Mollie Sugden