I know I’ve already posted about the Lizzie Bennet Diaries last year but I wanted to talk about it again because I’ve been trying to convince everyone I know to watch the series. You know you’re obsessing about something when you chat about it with book blogging buddies, real life friends, flatmates and co-workers. Some of them have never even heard of Pride and Prejudice so they don’t understand why I’m fangirling over this. What better way to encourage more people to follow the series than to put up a post about it here on my blog.
Image from the Lizzie Bennet Diaries website
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (LBD) is a modern-day retelling of the beloved classic Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, which is one of my favorite books of all time (I even have a Penguin mug to prove it). The LBD is a web series told in diary format in the form of YouTube videos. Each video is about 3-6 minutes long so pretty easy to catch up if you haven’t seen the show yet. They now have 83 videos and the story is pretty near the end so I’m not sure how many more episodes there will be. The videos are posted twice a week, Mondays and Thursdays around lunchtime East Coast time so I get to see it Tuesday and Friday morning, my time.
In this series, Lizzie is a grad student still living at home with her parents, her big sister Jane and younger sister Lydia. With the help of her best friend Charlotte Lu, Lizzie starts her video diaries as part of a school project. What I love about the videos is how well-developed all of the characters are. We don’t get that much detail about secondary characters in the book but we do so in this retelling. Lizzie and most of the other characters are active on social media like Tumblr and Twitter, which makes the experience more interactive for viewers. I think it’s great that Charlotte is Asian in this adaptation so she’s a Lu instead of a Lucas. Darcy’s best friend is Bing Lee instead of Bingley. Jane is a fashionista and I found out about the vintage dress store, ModCloth from her (love their designs but I haven’t bought anything yet because the dresses are a bit pricey). And Lydia is also a great character – she’s just annoying in the book but in this series, you’ll end up rooting for her.
I have to be honest here, I didn’t love ALL of the videos and there were some weeks where I stopped watching for a while and then just caught up with everything in one go. But the story picks up as more characters are introduced and get shown in the videos. It really is a smart, fun series and it’s not a surprise that it’s popular in the book blogosphere. It is a retelling of a book, after all. I think the creators, writers and everyone involved in the series are doing an amazing job of staying true to the story but changing it in ways that make it more relevant to how we live now. I think it resonates with so many viewers because it feels realistic. So if you haven’t seen the Lizzie Bennet Diaries yet, give the series a try. Watch a couple of episodes and see how you like it. I promise, the episodes with Darcy in them are worth waiting for. Let me make it easy for you, here’s the first episode:
Have you seen the series? Are you also a fan? Feel free to gush about the series in the comments section (or send me a tweet whenever a new video comes up and you want to talk about it).