The Besties Take On Emma Approved Part Four

Ang: Y’all know the drill!
Kim: We, the besties, have been reviewing Emma Approved ten episodes at a time during the Emma group reading of amazeballz.
Ang: The first week, we reviewed 1-10.
Kim: The second week, we reviewed 11-20.
Ang: The third week, we reviewed 21-30.
Kim: And this being our final week, we are reviewing 31-40.
Ang: Y’all ready for this?!!

Without further ado,
we proudly present to you our final bestie review of Emma Approved,
episodes 31-40, that is.

31. Listening, Again
bestie description: Alex storms in, and we swoon.

bestie thoughts:
Kim: Emma admitted that she has been wrong before? Did pigs just fly?
Ang: Pissed off Mr. Knightley is HAWT.

Ang: Smiley Knightley has all the adorbs.
*pets screen*

Kim: Wait, how did Izzy’s husband not know she wanted to finish school?
Ang: Because poor writing…I mean, men = dumb.

32. Back in Business
bestie description: Emma channels Daft Punk and Harriet starts a club.

bestie thoughts:
Kim: Step away from the Krav Maga lessons!
Ang: Dude, but really. Emma seems to think the best way to communicate with people is by pushing them around, can you IMAGINE if she knew Krav Maga?
Poor Knightley would be black and blue.

Kim: Alex wants Emma to work on their communication. *swoon*

Kim: Emma and Alex have a moment and Harriet should have just turned her butt around and left without a word…come on girl!

33. Back in the Saddle
bestie description: Emma is unstoppable and we fear for all our safety.

bestie thoughts:
Kim: Intimate gathering of stuck up rich drunk people…yay?
Ang: *weakly waves pom-poms*
Kim: Poor Knightley is going to get an ulcer because of this woman.
Ang: We might need to start a Protect the Knightley Club.
Kim: Oh yeah, heaven forbid she be financially responsible!
Ang: She’s above us common folk. Hair flips and fancy shoes are her concerns.
Money? Pffft. That grows on trees.

34. Attitude and Gratitude
bestie description: We meet Emma’s dad’s Harrie (wha…huh?), and Emma downs wheatgrass.

bestie thoughts:
Kim: Emma is the master of delicate situations said no sane person ever.
Ang: #fact
Kim: I heart Maddy Bates.

Ang: With all the hearts.
Kim: MAMA. I feel like Emma has met her match!
Ang: I wanna see Jane!
Kim: The Queen of England! bwahahaha!

35. Flies to Honey
bestie description: We eat fancy jams and fall harder for Maddy.

bestie thoughts:
Kim: Can we please always be in Alex’s office?
Ang: Yes.

Kim: People can pay me with pie any day.
Ang: MAMA, you can feed me pie EVERYDAY!
Kim: All I’ve learned from this is that the rich and powerful love an open bar.
blah blah blah plot
Ang: blah blah blah need more Alex

36. Internal Troubles
bestie description: Emma laughs in the face of details and planning.

bestie thoughts:
Kim: Is Emma sane?
Ang: No.
Kim: “I have to back you call, Emma.”

Ang: BMart in the HOUSE.
Kim: Martin and Harriet awkward adorbs of sadness.

Ang: Emma really could have used those Krav Maga lessons right about now.
Kim: Am I the only one who wants to punch Emma in the face?
“Men can be so insensitive.” #irony

37. Cinderella in the Making
bestie description: Harriet is worked to the bone for her own good.

bestie thoughts:
Kim: Never saving the whales! Down with the whales!*
Ang: Death to the beast that shall not be named!
Kim: If Emma is the fairy godmother I’ll stick with the wicked stepmother.
Ang: Truth.
Kim: Blah blah blah plot stuff
Ang: Blah blah blah Jane Fairfax
Kim: OoOoOH! KNIGHTLEY’s name was said!

Ang: Kniiiiiightley.

38. Surprise, Surprise
bestie description: Emma and Frank Churchill meet, and we all find out they are both manipulators. Plus, outrageous flirting.

bestie thoughts:
Ang: Knightley and I have the same-ish keyboard.
*cuddles keyboard*
Kim: “How old was the whale?”
Ang: #AdorbsKnightleyIsAdorbs
Kim: I hate to be the voice of reason but Emma is insane. I gotta say, I love seeing Emma crumbling under pressure.
Ang: #fact
What the what? Frank Churchill.

Kim: Really? Do you really not know Jane, Frankie?
Ang: Liar liar pants on fire.
Innnnnnteresting, sort of?

39. Benefiting the Greater Good
bestie description: Emma is all cleavage and it’s obviously for Frank freaking Churchill. Because classsssy.

bestie thoughts:
Kim: Flirty Emma makes me gaggy.
Ang: The. Worst.
Ang: Her dumbness level is off the charts.
Knightley interruption for the win!
Kim: “How pretentious the party was?”
Snarky Knightley is my hero.

Ang: Did Frank just feel up Mr. Knightley’s leg?

Kim: And check out his ass??

Ang: The hell just happened?

40. Two for Two
bestie description: Frank has motives and Alex seeees them!

bestie thoughts:
Ang: Emma’s gonna “deal” with Harriet? By dealing with her does she mean, EAT HER FACE.
Kim: You better give that girl a raise!
Ang: I like your shirt, Mr. Knightley.

I also like your fancy new haircut and your face.
Kim: Emma’s disdain for Jane makes my cold dead heart happy.


41. Karma is a…
bestie description: Things finally get interesting!

bestie thoughts:
How sad is it that we’re excited over seeing one of THE MOST hated characters from TLBD. They’re totes playing us, aren’t they, best?

Final “final” thoughts with the besties!
Things we’d like to see:

Ang: Personally, I’d like Alex and Darcy in a room together for a side by side comparison, which is a totes legit thing to want.
Kim: I’m excited to see how this Caroline story line plays out…the woman is the devil. I love it.
Ang: Truth. I’d also like to see a Knightley/Emma kiss, for reasons.


Thanks to the lovely collaborators and readers of Indie Jane
for letting us muck of their beautiful site with our ridiculousness!
We’ve had a blast.
Until next time,

Need more besties in your life? You can find Kim & Ang on the Twitter. And make sure to check out the swoontastic, Emmy award winning Bestie to Bestie for all your Knightley needs.

*Kim lives in Alaska, but she is deathly afraid of whales…it’s a totes legit phobia.


The Besties Take On Emma Approved Part Three

Ang: blah blah blah review Emma Approved
Kim: blah blah 40 episodes 4 weeks 10 episodes a week
Ang: during epic Emma group reading of epicness on Indie Jane
Kim: first week 1-10
Ang: last week 11-20
Kim: this week 21-30
Kim: Yesssssssss.

Without further ado,
we shall bless you
with a bestie review of Emma Approved,
episodes twenty-one through thirty, that is.

21. Fine Tuning
bestie description:
In which, we meet Emma the spirit animal.

bestie thoughts:
Ang: I’m starting to wonder if Emma’s definition of friend is vastly different from ours?
Ang: Dead. To. Me.
Oh, and Emma can just whip up a song, you know, because that’s a thing that’s super easy to do.
Kim: Obviously it’s not, since the woman can’t rhyme for shit.

22. Planning Perfection
bestie description:
In which, Emma shoos Mr. Knightley further proving she’s dumb.
Oh, and her lies are justified.

bestie thoughts:
Ang: If Lizzie had lied to Charlotte like Emma lied to Annie, shank to the face.
Kim: Annie is a fool for not slapping Emma when she had the chance.

23. Moment of Triumph
bestie description:
In which, it becomes even more painful to watch Emma.
And that’s saying A LOT.

bestie thoughts:
Ang: “Curse the small child that sneezed on her!” -Emma
p.s. She needs to be nicer to Mr. Knightley… or else.
Kim: I see a rude awakening in her future.
Ang: blah blah blah James blah blah blah insisting blah blah blah writing on the wall

24. Vingt-et-un
bestie description:
In which, Emma takes clueless to a whole new level.

bestie thoughts:
Ang: She called herself subtle.
Kim: Creeper is just hanging out in her neighborhood?
Ang: I think what he just said was: “I’m in politics, I professionally lie to people.”
Kim: *bangsheadonwall* just get out of the car Cher…errr Emma.
Ang: Emma right now:

Me right now:

Kim: But look at how sweet Knightley is!
Ang: He doth own all the adorbs!

25. Should Have Listened
bestie description:
In which, Emma becomes even more unlikable.
Oh, and has a mental breakdown.

bestie thoughts:
Ang: “Who needs that personal growth stuff when you have wine from Tuscany and shoes from Milan.”
Has she just given up on being likable, relate-able, or even a good human being completely?
Without Knightley this show would blow.

26. New Direction
bestie description:
In which, a man is described as pert.

bestie thoughts:
Kim: Watching Emma have a breakdown is surprisingly satisfying.

Ang: Truth.
It’s good that Emma knows she doesn’t need anyone and is incapable of love.
Kim: I think it’s for the best.
Ang: Wait. Did Izzy just use the word dain? Wha…huh?
Kim: And why is it so hard to find a sit down place for kids to eat?
Ang: Is there nowhere near by with pasta or pizza or a plateful of french fries?!
I have so much confusion.
Kim: Something is wrong with her.
Something is wrong with you, EMMA.

27.The Need to Help
bestie description:
In which, Emma says she won’t jump to conclusions.

bestie thoughts:
Ang: Were her other “clients” clients or more friends and family who’s lives she decided to make better?
Kim: If this is how Emma “takes care of the rest of the world” we are all DOOOOOOOOOOM.

28. Sister Attack
bestie description:
In which, Emma guilts and manipulates Izzy into doing something she wants because Emma knows best!

bestie thoughts:
Ang: Greeeeeeat.
King: John sounds like a complete arse.
Ang: Hap-hap-happy household.
Kim: Peeps be hitting each other all the time in this series.

Ang: The hell? Use. Your. Words.

29. Change of Plans
bestie description:
In which, Emma decides she knows what’s best for a married couple, because that makes sense.

bestie thoughts:
Ang: She *seems* thirty.

Tell me, Emma, what does a thirty year old *seem* like?
Kim: “Is this normal?” If insanity is the new normal then yes.
Ang: These people’s problems make me want to shank them in the face.

30. Winners and Losers
bestie description:
In which, we wax poetic about semantics.

bestie thoughts:
Kim: Did Alex just ask Emma to lunch? Like a lunch date?
I was too busy mocking this:

FOR SHAME! Now she’s making me miss swoony moments with Mr. Knightley!
Kim: Ummmm obviously Alex has perfect timing.
Kim: Life ruiner strikes again!!

Final thoughts with Ang

Of Secondary Characters & Comparisons

Comparisons aren’t fair. As a reader, I try my hardest not to compare one book to another. It is my goal to treat every sparkling vampire book equally and fairly, because that’s how I roll, yo. And I’m really truly desperately trying not to compare Emma Approved to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, but it’s not easy. Honestly, it’s not even Emma or Mr. Knightley that I’m struggling with the most (even though, for the record, I still dislike Emma immensely), but the supporting cast is the hardest pill to swallow. I’m longing for a bestie like Charlotte who will smack Emma upside the head. A sister like Jane who will comfort Emma with a cup of tea, but still tell it to her sister straight. Or a sister like Lydia, who not only offers comic relief (HOLLA), but doesn’t worship the ground Lizzie walks on and brings Lizzie’s worse prejudices to light. And let us not forget Figi and Bing and Caroline and Mary and Kitty Bennet and even Lizzie’s costume theater parents. They were a rich cast of characters that made Lizzie’s world stronger, more interesting, simply more. And while Knightley is shaping up to be a wonderful best friend and counselor and supporter and all around swoon worthy, I can’t help but feel bad for Emma that she’s got nobody else to stand up to her or even simply tell her the truth.

Questions. Questions. Questions.
Are you  struggling with Emma Approved too?
Is it strictly Emma that’s holding you back?
Or do you miss costume theater and sisterly love as much as us besties?
OR do you love love love Emma Approved and wish never to be parted from her?
Do you feel the show is a vast improvement on The Lizzie Bennet Diaries?
Annnnnnnnd let’s just take a moment to discuss Mr. Alex Knightley.
Because nom.

Need more besties in your life? You can find Kim & Ang on Twitter. And make sure to check out the swoontastic, Emmy award winning Bestie to Bestie for all your Knightley needs.

The Besties Take On Emma Approved – Part Two

Ang: Annnnnnnd we’re back!
Did ya miss us?
Kim: Duh.
Who wouldn’t?
Ang: Fact.
Kim: Anywhoozles,
As you’ll remember,
we besties are reviewing the first forty episodes of Emma Approved
here on Indie Jane during the epic group reading of Emma epicness.
Every Wednesday for four weeks we will review ten episodes.
Last week, we reviewed episodes one through ten.
This week, we will review episodes eleven through twenty.
Cool beans?
Ang: The coolest.
Kim: Then what are we waiting for?!
Ang: Brownies.
Kim: mhmmmm…brownies!

Without further ado,
we proudly present to you
a bestie breakdown of Emma Approved,
episodes eleven through twenty, that is.

11. Underwhelmed
bestie description:
Emma interferes with Harriet’s life…like a boss?

bestie thoughts:
Kim: BMart is my homeboy.
Kim: Oh heeeeey! Rare bird spotting in Alaska!
Ang: I wanna be a bird in Alaska.*
Kim: Emma’s judging is not bestie approved.

Ang: Nope. No cliches here.

12. The Rooster Obstacle
bestie description:
Nervous Harriet and Marin are adorable.

bestie thoughts:
Kim: Martin! You flirty mcFlirtyson!
Ang: The awkward adorbs is TOO MUCH for my soul.
Kim: Dude! Someone tape Emma’s mouth shut.
Ang: Can I get a witness!?

Kim: Not a genius, Emma, just crazy.
Ang: Or to put it in PG terms, a freaking psychopath.
p.s. The Emma Approved theme song makes me miss Lizzie with all the missing.

13. Tweetception
bestie description:

bestie thoughts:
Kim: “Harriet is fine just the way she is!” -Alex
Ang: She’s snapping now? can’t.even.
Kim: Manipulation + Twitter = Inevitable Train Wreck
Ang: #ForTheLoveOfGodListenToKnightleyEmma

14. Hashtag Miracle Worker
bestie description:
Alex winked, and there was some plot stuff.

bestie thoughts:
Kim: Alex’s wink is the best!

Handshake = You’re officially THE CUTEST!
Ang: Hashtag Slayed.

15. Ambition and Fruition
bestie description:
Possibly the worst advice ever given.

bestie thoughts:
Kim: Brainwashing much?
Stop being superficial, Emma!
Ang: I am sure and confident that Emma is the worst.


16. Giving Thanks
bestie description:
Thankfully you don’t have a friend keeping nice sweet gentlemen away from you.

bestie thoughts:
Kim: Sad Harriet makes me sad.
Ang: Sad Martin makes me sad.
Kim: Sooooo thoughtful wrist cushion.
Ang: Yeah, so thought… HAWT KNIGHTLEY ALERT.

Ang: I’m sorry.
Was I suppose to feel sorry for you, Emma?
Because I don’t.
I really really don’t.

17. First Impressions
bestie description:
Introducing Senator Douchenozzle.



18. Practice Date
bestie description:
James is so freaking fake, damn politicians.

bestie thoughts:
Kim: Touching Alex’s face!!!!

Ang: Imagine that, Emma’s come up with another HORRIBLE plan.
Kim: Alex sees what’s happening with Senator Douchenozzle!
Ang: That’s because he’s not blinded by his own greatness.
Kim: Word.

19. The Proof is in the Yogurt
bestie description:
Emma lives in a fantasy land. Blah blah blah James boo.

bestie thoughts:
Kim: Is Emma ever subtle?
Ang: Right?
Kim: Boooooring.
I’m bored now.
Ang: Can Mr. Knightley please come back?

Ang: All this shoulder touching is reminding me of:

Kim: Annnnnnd I’m back!
*pets screen*

20. For a Very Special Lady
bestie description:
Emma, you started the life ruining business like 10 episodes ago.

bestie thoughts:
Ang: “No preference beyond a healthy build and long hair.”
Is the senator looking for a horse or a girlfriend?
Kim: Alex Knightley is my hero.
He sees James’s game!
I want Alex Approved!

Ang: Dear Emma,

p.s. For the love of God, HOW OLD ARE THESE FOOLS?!

And now, some final thoughts with Kim on….
Darcy vs Knightley

One of the best things about Emma Approved is that you don’t have to wait to see Alex. He is there from the very beginning, unlike Darcy in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, whom we see but don’t get a clear picture of till hallway through the story. You can instantly fall for Alex, because you see him for yourself instead of through someones else’s perspective, which sadly for Darcy makes Knightley superior. BOOM.

Questions. Questions.
Who’s got the questions?

Did you like the mystery of Darcy in TLBD?
Was the mystery of Darcy what kept you up night after night awaiting that blessed Darcy Day?
Would you say your heart was dizzie from that moment on?
Or do you prefer the straightforwardness of Knightley in Emma Approved?
How he’s a steady character we can meet and fall in love with without the perspective of other getting in the way.

And what of Knightley’s hawtness?
Does it hold a candle to our beloved Darcy?
Because, let’s be frank, why else are we watching Emma Approved?

*Dear Indie Janers, Kim lives in Alaska, which is a million miles away from Ang and is basically the greatest damn travesty ever, ever, ever. The end.

Need more besties in your life? You can find Kim & Ang on Twitter. And make sure to check out the swoontastic, Emmy award winning Bestie to Bestie for all your Mr. Knightley needs.

The Besties Take On Emma Approved

Ang: Hey, bestie.
Jess is asking for someone to review
the first forty episodes of Emma Approved for Indie Jane.
Every Wednesday for four weeks,
she’d like someone to review ten episodes
during the Emma group reading extravaganza.
Wanna tag team it with me?

What about silent protest?

Ang: Damn the man.
Save the Empire.

Kim: Fight the power.
*fist in the air*

Ang: I’ll break silent protest* for love.
But mostly for tie petting.


Does it matter that I’ve never read the book?
I mean, I have seen the movie… ahem Clueless.

Ang: *shrugs*
I’ve never been able to get passed the first few chapters of the book.
The Paltrow movie is adorbs, but Clueless is my jam.

Kim: Clearly, we are the most qualified people for the job.

Ang: Totes.

Without further ado,
we give you,
a bestie breakdown of Emma Approved.
The first ten episodes that is.

I am Emma Woodhouse: Episode One
bestie description:
Meet Emma Woodhouse.
Fashionable know-it-all who’s here to fix your life
whether you like it or not.

bestie thoughts:
Ang: This series is already win.
DAMN my soul for saying it.
And I’ve got one word for why-
Ang: I could boom his…
Do they have Domino?

Kim: *pets the screen*

Imminent Success: Episode Two
bestie description:
In which Emma gives a little back story, and basically wants to be the next Oprah.

bestie thoughts:
Ang: Why do I believe this is her ultimate goal?


Self Sufficient: Episode Three
bestie description:
In which Snarky Knightley in full force finds Emma the perfect assistant.

bestie thoughts:
Ang: “Is she like your spy? Your Trojan horse?
Is she going to murder me in my sleep?!”

Kim: Yes, Mr. Knightley,

Ang: I endorse this.

The Right Decision: Episode Four
bestie description:
In which Emma loses her damn mind and tries to manipulate her best friend’s life.
Also known as, mind your own business, yo.

bestie thoughts:
Ang: Call me crazy,
but maybe Annie should tell Ryan she’s canceling their wedding
before canceling their wedding.

Kim: Dude, the binder of manipulation is ridiculous.

Do What’s Best: Episode Five
bestie description:
In which Knightley makes us swoon and we really don’t pay attention to plot,
because hawtness and not caring.

bestie thoughts:
Ang: The name thing?
Kim: Angry Alex…

’nuff said.

Let’s Be Frank: Episode Six
bestie description:
In which Harriet needs to wash her hair and Knightly is adorbs.
Oh and more plot stuff?

bestie thoughts:
Ang: I am totally sold on Mr. Knightley.
He just stole my soul.

Kim: I heart Alex’s face!

What Really Matters: Episode Seven
bestie description:
In which Emma tries to drag Alex into her manipulation game
and homie don’t play that.

bestie thoughts:
Mr. Knightley just laid down the law.

Kim: Knightley is THE.BEST.

Being a Great Friend: Episode Eight
bestie description:
In which we swoon hard and crazy eyes reaches a whole new level of epicness.

bestie thoughts:
Ang: Why do I get the impression she’d eat my face if given the chance?

Kim: Let’s talk about more important things like this:

Ang: Yes, more of THIS.
Kim: Seriously though, more of that!

A Worthy Subject: Episode Nine
bestie description:
In which ridiculous shoes are compared to confidence whilst Emma smirks.

bestie thoughts:
Ang: You will never catch me wearing five inch heels.
Like, ever, never, it’s for the greater good.
Buh-bye, confidence.
Hello, comfortable feet.

Kim: Dear sweet baby Darcy, Harriet is going to break an ankle.
ps… I love that Emma calls Alex “Snarky Knightley.”
Ang: Swa-ooooon.

Wind in the Sails: Episode Ten
bestie description:
In which Alex is under appreciated, as per usual.

bestie thoughts:
Ang: Just say no to pinchy shoes, my friends.
Just say HELL NO.
Do say HELL YES to Knightley.

Kim: Being spied on by your boss? That sounds… awesome?
Ang: If that employee were Mr. Knightley, how could you not?
I mean, that’s against the law and people shouldn’t do that sort of thing.

Final Bestie Thoughts
brought to you this week by Ang

Emma vs. Lizzie

I’ve always had a hard time putting my finger on why I don’t particularly like (or even care about) Emma Woodhouse. Watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Emma Approved has clarified it a lil for me. See, for me, Lizzie is the perfect asshole. She’s stubborn and loyal and says what’s on her mind and she will cut you if you mess with her loved ones. Yet, she’s loving and caring and there’s an underlying sweetness to her. A sweetness that comes from her strong family ties and her humble background. Emma, on the other hand, doesn’t have a humble bone in her body. Her wealth and privilege have given her an inflated ego and she believes wholeheartedly that her way is the superior way. She’s spent most of her life being spoiled by her father and pandered to by her admirers. Thus, Emma has become the queen of manipulation. These manipulations know no boundaries. And while I understand she justifies her meddling as for the greater good (and that maybe I’m a tad harder on her than I should be) I find people who manipulate others for their own good disgusting (yep, harsh word is harsh). I’m excited to see if the cast and crew of Emma Approved can help me put aside my prejudices and learn to adore Emma as much as I did Lizzie in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

So far, it hasn’t happened. However, Joanna Sotomura (the actress who portrays Emma) is beyond adorable and I have faith in her.

You’re it!
Did you watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries?
Are you a fan of Lizzie or Emma?
Do you forgive Emma her manipulations in Emma Approved?
Is she sweet and misguided?
Or is she a self-involved, bored little rich girl?

You know you wanna.

Need more besties in your life? You can find Kim & Ang on Twitter. And make sure to check out the swoontastic, Emmy award winning Bestie To Bestie for all your Mr. Knightley needs.

*Silent protest was Ang’s attempt to stand her ground and not watch Emma Approved until The Lizzie Bennet Diaries DVDs and other swag she paid for were in her hot lil hands. As you can tell, it was not only extremely effective, but well executed.