1.You got excited when you found out you were studying Clueless.
2.But you were less enthused about having to read Emma by Jane Austen alongside it.
3.You thought Emma was pretty boring at first.
4.While Clueless, on the other hand, was a goddamn delight to watch… the first 10 times, at least.
5.Sometimes you’d forget you were actually meant to be studying the movie while watching it.
6.Except when your teacher would pause ever three minutes to discuss it and you wanted to scream at them to just let you enjoy it.
7.You were initially skeptical about how many connections there were between Clueless and Emma.
8.But then you began to spot all the parallels and your mind was blown.
9.And you felt so much smarter than the average Clueless watcher who had no idea of all the ~layers~ to the movie.
10.Plus a little bit smug when people in other English classes moaned about having to study Brave New World and Blade Runner.
11.You’d debate with your friends whether Cher was more likable than Emma.
12.But you came to value both of them as unlikely heroines and appreciated their ~growth~.
13.You couldn’t decide whether it was less creepy to fall for your ex-stepbrother or a much older family friend.
14.Until you realised if your ex-stepbrother was Paul Rudd you wouldn’t be creeped out at all.
15.Literally everyone in the class had a crush on at least one of the Clueless characters.
16.It actually got a bit awkward when your teacher started discussing certain scenes and dialogue.
17.You loved learning about how Clueless was made and realising how clever it actually was, which only made it more hilarious and entertaining.
18.If you didn’t before, you certainly knew every line of the movie off by heart now.
19.And you could even quote Emma pretty easily too.
20.You got really good at talking about the main themes, and the comparison of society, relationships, social status, vanity, the stereotypes of female characters and basically whatever else you could pull out of your arse in a test.
21.You always referred to Amy Heckerling as “the composer”.
22.Not only did studying Emma help you understand it, but watching Clueless actually made so much difference to how you related to it.
23.And you even started to love Jane Austen a little bit.
24.On the other hand, by the time you watched Clueless for the 37th time, you’d begun to love it a little less.
25.All that analysing the contextual juxtaposition of the mise en scène to explore the themes of change and belonging really put a dampner on the simple pleasure of “Ugh! As if!”.
26.By the end of the module, whenever your friends expressed jealousy that you got to watch Clueless at school, you smiled on the outside while silently weeping on the inside.
27.Because you never thought it would happen, but you were SO over it.
28.After your final exams, you swore you’d probably never watch Clueless again.
29.But then time passed, and you tentatively decided you’d give it another go.
30.And as thoughts of composers and essays and exams slipped out of your mind, the joy you’d once experienced watching the movie came back.
31.And you were ~rollin with the homies~ once again.