Its an online show, but its definitely finding fans!
As a lifelong Pride and Prejudice fan, when I first heard that Hank Green and Bernie Su were producing their own YouTube version of the storyline my initial reaction was a deep, soul-tearing groan. It wasn’t so much that I viewed the novel as some sort of sacred temple; I really enjoyed the indie, modernized 2003 movie and was a giggling maniac while reading 2009’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. No, my issue with the web series was the idea that somehow, the new format would become part of the darker corner of the Internet, the realm of dancing convicts, talking fruit, and more cat pictures than you can find on Britney Spears’s cell phone (think about it). I worried that the videos would basically be Lizzie complaining about her mother and being single, and I worried that Jane Austen’s brilliant characters would be relegated to cheap stereotypes due to time constraints: Jane as the Doe-eyed Naïve Girl, Lydia as the Slut, Lizzie as the Angry Feminist, etc. Most importantly, however, I worried that due to the rising popularity of vlogging, more and more people would turn to the Lizzie Bennet Diaries as a replacement for the original novel, and not as a supplement.-The original maverick
Storyline:A modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, the series is told in vlog-style by Lizzie Bennet (Ashley Clements) as she narrates the trials and tribulations of her family life with the help of her best friend and aspiring filmmaker, Charlotte Lu, "practically perfect" older sister, Jane, and easily excitable younger sister, Lydia. As in Pride and Prejudice, Lizzie's mother is all too eager to marry her and her sisters off to rich men, so when wealthy medical student Bing Lee moves into the neighborhood and manages to woo Jane, it changes the entire dynamic of the family. It isn't long before Bing's even more wealthy friend and heir to an entertainment corporation, the mysterious Darcy, makes his way into the Bennet sisters' lives, too.
|“OMG have you been watching Lydia’s latest videos? If you
haven’t, go watch them right now. Now! Watch them twice! Like, share,
favorite, they’re totes more adorbs than mine and not a total boo-hoo
downer like these videos!”-Linsay|
From the very first episode, the Lizzie Bennet Diaries have not only assuaged my fears, they’ve taken them out back and set them on fire. Writers Margaret Dunlap, Rachel Kiley, and Kate Rorick have taken a brilliant leap from 19th century prose to 21st century dialogue, painting out the entire novel all from Lizzie’s bedroom. Their adaption cleverly treads the line between a desire to remain faithful to the original material and one to modernize certain aspects of the story (for example, instead of choosing to marry Mr. Collins, Charlotte Lu(cas) decides to sell out on her filmmaking dreams by becoming a partner in his web video company); as for their wit, Austen herself couldn’t have done better were she alive today (I didn’t stop laughing for five minutes at Kitty Bennet the kitten, and anytime someone pantomimes Darcy I need to take a few breaths to constrain myself).-the original maverick
|Bing and Jane. Adorable couple!|
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