Epiphany of the morning - Alex Knightley isn’t Emma Approved’s version of Lizzy, like most fans think (because he’s snarky and critical), he’s actually way more of a proxy for Jane!
I’ve been re-watching the first few episodes of LBD and something jumps out at me. From super early on in the show, Lizzy is clearly a biased, overdramatic narrator despite all her claims otherwise. Jane might be sugar and spice and all things nice, but she totally calls Lizzy out for this, with Charlotte’s help.
Additionally, Jane’s biggest problem is the she’s nice to everyone, and this leads to confusion about what her real feelings are, among those who don’t know her as well (aka Bing and Darcy). That sounds like EXACTLY what Alex’s problem is. With only Emma, he’s very critical and outspoken, but around anyone else he’s so super professional and nice that it’s going to cause trouble down the line.
Just a thought while I avoid studying for my exam this afternoon. :D