Two adaptations of Emma were released very close together in 1996. This movie version with Paltrow and the other Emma adaptation, a TV-based mini-series. I remember discussing the two with friends and we picked them apart to "create" our own adaptation. We wanted actors A, B, and C from the movie with actors Y and Z from the mini-series. And we mostly liked script 1, but we also wanted to include select scenes from script 2.
In other words, neither production completely pleased any of us; just like the debates going on now about the Pride and Prejudice adaptations. The point, I think, is that no adaptation of any Jane Austen book is ever going to please all of us, most of us, or, even, one of us. ;-) The books are too near and dear for any adaptation to be perfect in all areas.
BUT…that shouldn’t keep them from trying!!!! Bring them on!!!! We want more Jane!
We’ll show up and critique and enjoy and have a great time tearing them apart, um, I mean, discussing them! We want more Jane!!