And yet... I'm enthralled by the concept. So I'm going to try. I've already been thinking about it because Magic Under Stone is inspired by her work more than Magic Under Glass... there is more nature in it. And, I realized it's been a shocking five years since I last read the books. And, Maggie Stiefvater made a comment somewhere in a recent discussion on merry_fates about female heroines about Emily being a wet blanket. My first response was to cry that she was not, but my second response was to go back and read the books and see if I find some truth in it.
(It wouldn't make me love her any less, however. We have too much in common.)
I first discovered the Emily books when I was 11 years old. My aunt and uncle gave me a box set for Christmas. The girl on the cover of the Bantam edition is sitting at a window with pen and paper, obviously disturbed from her writing, in a good-natured way, by a tabby cat that obviously wants to jump onto her paper and interrupt everything she's doing.
This cover promised, YOU WILL IDENTIFY STRONGLY WITH THIS STORY.
And it did not lie. I loved Emily and her friends and family and her world. I loved it so much that the book I am reading now is so destroyed that I have to sort of cradle the spine in my hand to keep the pages together as I turn them. I loved it so much that I wrote on my calendar "Emily of New Moon Day" the day I finished reading them for the first time. And I read them again and again, every year through my teenage years. I read them all aloud to Dade when I was 23, just before I got serious about my writing career again.
It's time to read them again. Come and join me if you like!
(They're even online!: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks02/0201141