Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fiction Tuesday-The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

A modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice based on the Emmy Award-winning phenomenon, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

There is a great deal that goes into making a video blog. Lizzie Bennet should know, having become a YouTube sensation over the course of her year-long video diary project. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries chronicled Lizzie’s life as a twenty-four-year-old grad student, struggling under a mountain of student loans and living at home with her two sisters—beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. What may have started as her grad student thesis grew into so much more, as the videos came to inform and reflect her life and that of her sisters. When rich, handsome Bing Lee comes to town, along with his stuck-up friend William Darcy, things really start to get interesting for the Bennets—and for Lizzie’s viewers. Suddenly Lizzie—who always considered herself a fairly normal young woman—was a public figure. But not everything happened on-screen. Luckily for us, Lizzie kept a secret diary. 

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet provides more character introspection as only a book can, with revelatory details about the Bennet household, including Lizzie’s special relationship with her father, untold stories from Netherfield, Lizzie’s thoughts and fears about life after grad school and becoming an instant web celebrity.

Written by Bernie Su, the series’ executive producer, co-creator, head writer, and director, along with Kate Rorick, the novelist, TV writer, and consulting producer on the series, the novel features a journal-entry format and design, complementing the existing web series, while including plenty of fresh twists to delight fans and new readers alike. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet expands on the phenomenon that captivated a generation and reimagines the Pride and Prejudice story like it’s never been done before.
I did LOVE this book. For those unfamiliar with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, it’s a modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice in vlog form (made by the same people who run Frankenstein, MD.) This probably isn’t as enjoyable if you haven’t seen the series, but as a companion to the show, it’s perfect. It’s a way to relive the series in a different format and also get additional insight on what was happening off camera.-anna

"I have a lot of ambitions and dreams for what I want to do with my life: I want to be able to effect change. To make at least my small corner of the world better in some way. To inspire and be inspired. (I would also like to find a way to get paid for it.) It may seem silly and grandiose, and not at all the practical thinking that my generation is told we need to overcome our lack of job opportunities and our belief in our specialness. But it’s how I think."
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, Bernie Su and Kate Rorick.



cat eyes & skinny jeans said...

Ooh I know I would love this!!


Sara Gerard said...

This sounds super cute!