I watched Clueless for the first time this summer. Yes, I know it's a shock that it's taken this long, but at least I finally got to it. But as I was watching, I noticed something that many people, I've noticed, haven't picked up on. Clueless isn't an original story. That's right! Clueless is based off of a book written by one of the most famous authors in history: Jane Austen.
So Jane Austen wrote Clueless?
Well, not exactly. Clueless is actually loosely the same as Austen's Emma. Granted, it's a modern-day version with different names and slightly different character backgrounds and connections, but essentially it is the same story!
Clueless's summary—a rich girl who takes a new girl under her wing and trains her to be sophisticated, then deals with ups and downs while trying to get her a boyfriend and eventually realizes she loves her step-brother.
Emma's summary—a rich girl who takes a new girl under her wing and trains her to become sophisticated, then deals with ups and downs while trying to get her a husband and eventually realizes she loves her brother-in-law.
See what I mean? Same story.
So do I know the story if I've seen Clueless?
I'll give you a simple answer to that question. NO. There are many more details that the updated version leaves out, and even on occasion inserts or changes. Clueless is a good interpretation, but I encourage you to watch a different version if you want to know the true story or watch another movie based off of it.
WARNING!!! Don't watch just any version. For reference, Gwyneth Paltrow's version is good, but not highly accurate. The best version I've found is actually BBC's mini-tv series. It's four episodes each lasting an hour that will actually keep you guessing to what happens, if you haven't seen Clueless.
If you don't believe me, watch both for yourself! Or better yet, read the book. It'll be fun to point out to other people what the movie changed.