Alright, I’ll admit it. I’m a little late to the party (by about 3 years) BUT I discovered The Lizzie Bennet Diaries this week. I’d heard of it but I must admit that it hadn’t crossed my mind that it would be as awesome as it was! I am not ashamed to say that I love most Jane Austen movie/television adaptions but this current day adaption was really fun.
My interest for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries was peaked when I stumbled upon a video recommendation in my youtube list which had a picture of Laura Spencer aka Raj’s creepy girlfriend in the Big Bang Theory (which I also love). In The Lizzie Bennet Diaries she plays Jane Bennet and is really perfect for the role. I clicked one to watch, then started at the beginning and I’ve now marathon watched them all. It’s been a while since I’ve experienced the ‘oh, just one more’ feeling about a show. You know the one, where you watch ‘just one more’ before getting back to what you’re working on or getting some food or going to bed, and of course it becomes ‘just another one’ because they left you on a cliff hanger. I even squealed a few times watching it. Yes, I’m in my mid-thirties and squealed at the internet as I was that immersed – you can’t give a better compliment than that.
Have you seen the show? If so, please enjoy my little recap below and let me know your favourite bit in the comments. For those of you who haven’t yet had the joy, let me give you a quick sales-pitch.
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries are based on Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice but are set in the current day and is portrayed as a video blog on youtube. Each episode is about 5 minutes long and takes you through the story via Lizzie either recounting what has happened off screen or occasionally things unfolding on screen. It’s very cleverly / funnily scripted and I loved what they did with the characters.
Lydia and Charlotte ( I’m going to assume you know the characters and if you don’t, well go watch this show or read the book as it’s a lovely story ) both play much larger roles and are both fantastic ( ‘Whaaaat’. Just watch it, you’ll understand )! Wickham is even more evil ( I hadn’t even realised that was possible ) and the ‘extra characters’ like Georgiana and Colonel Fitzwilliam AKA GiGi and Fitz in this version are great fun too. I dare you not to laugh at Darcy’s impersonation of Fitz!
When the show was produced they made it a multimedia bonanza. All of the characters had social media profiles which were updated as if they were real people and there are multiple Q&A sessions from the comments that were left on youtube. There are also a couple of spin off youtube videos such as Lydia’s video blog which helps explain another section of the story.
I love the original story but it was appropriate that they made changes to it to make it believable for the current day. Marriages are replaced with love and careers ( despite Mrs Bennet not being chuffed at this ) and all the women are much stronger characters and were fun to watch grow. Seriously, if you like Austen go watch this and even if you don’t, I think you’ll enjoy this anyway as ultimately it’s the story underneath which is good and the current day skin may make it perfect for you. The first episode is 3:19 long and you can try it at the top of this page to see if you like it. I hope you do!