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Emily in Paris was released on Netflix on Friday, October 2, and has been featured in the top 10 UK trending series ever since. As of yet, the streaming service hasn’t confirmed if there will be a second season. But given the fact both creator Darren Starr and Collins has talked about wanting another series, there is a good chance it will return.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Emily in Paris.
Emily in Paris delves into the story of fashionista Emily Cooper (played by Lily Collins) who leaves Chicago for a job at a marketing firm in Paris.
She has been brought in to provide an “American perspective” and Emily does everything she can to try and give her employers what they want.
As the series goes on, Emily makes new friends but struggles with how different the way of life is in Paris compared to the States.
But does the Netflix series realistically portray Paris or is the show simply highlighting clichés?
How realistic is Emily in Paris’ portrayal of the French capital?
Speaking to E! News, Sex and the City creator Starr talked about how Paris isn’t what Emily expected.
Starr said: “The show’s so much about the culture undermining her expectations of how things are and how things seem.
“And everything will not be as it seems.
“It’s always about challenging her American worldview.
“We certainly have a lot of forks in the road and a lot of places to go.”
While Emily is surprised by the reality of Paris, a cultural expert believes the Netflix series depicts mostly stereotypes of the famous capital.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Benjamin Roux in Didactics at cultural and linguistic experts at language learning app Babbel explained: “Paris is a city of vast complexity and depth, as befits any metropolis with well over 2,000 years of history and innovation.
“Parisians themselves, it is fair to say, are not convinced that Emily in Paris captures this cultural and intellectual richness.
“The show serves up a backdrop of tourist spots framing sets of cafés
and boulevards, populated by wine-swilling, pastry- and baguette-wielding French people.
“In reality, the high-end world we see Emily enter is only a small face of Paris. Outside of the expensive looking restaurants and the constant use of taxis, as depicted in the show, is a multifaceted city in which everyday Parisians really exist.
Even Emily’s unrealistically large ‘chambre de bonne’, or maid’s quarters, are usually small studios, not spacious two floor apartments.”
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Roux continued: “The French characters Emily meets play heavily on negative stereotypes of French rudeness and arrogance.
“Aloof and sexist Parisians are fortunate to be taught the errors of their ways by the American Emily.
“The reality of the city’s inhabitants is that they are proud of the Paris they
call home: they are cultured and interesting people who want to share the treasures of Paris with those visiting the city.
“In fact, there is only one part of the show that really gets it right: a sadly all-to-accurate cliché, the English-speaker has not learned the language of her new host country (instead relying on her phone for translations).
“Luckily for Emily, the French tend to quickly swap to accent-laden English to suit her.”
In a Babbel survey asking Parisians which films and TV series were most accurate in depicting Paris in French and English-speaking entertainment, more than 38,000 people voted for Midnight in Paris.
The film is a romantic fantasy movie starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams which came out in 2011.
Roux added: “While Emily in Paris’s hackneyed sequence of scenes and characters might be what Netflix thinks American audiences want in a Paris, it is sorely lacking as a sophisticated depiction of the French capital.”
Emily in Paris is available to watch on Netflix.
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