I have a confession to make.
I watch the Bachelorette.
But, you know, this season I’m actually not as ashamed of it as I have been in the past. This has been a very different and much better season than normal.
I think it has a lot to do with Emily. I wasn’t sure how I would like her as the new bachelorette – it was so sad that she and Brad didn’t work out, they seemed so in love...
But Emily has turned out to be utterly fabulous. She’s funny and cute and seems just. real. She’s like a Southern Jane Austen heroine. And there’s not as much schmaltzy, meaningless talk about ‘connections’ as there has been in previous seasons. Emily knows what she wants and cuts straight to the point. If a guy doesn’t seem like he’s ready for ‘marriage and babies,’ he gets the boot immediately.
I finding myself watching the show this season, instead of just leaving it on in the background and poking fun at it with my Mom (although the poking fun definitely still happens ;)). If ABC could take a lesson from Emily and give us more sensible bachelors and bachelorettes in the future, that would be wonderful.
If Jane Austen had ever had a Southern heroine (and lived in a different country and era, of course…), I bet that heroine would have been a lot like Emily.
But that begs the question: which of the men in Jane Austen’s novels would Emily’s bachelors be?