“The Lizzie Bennet Diaries”: The Best Show You Didn’t Know You Needed

27 Jan

Okay so my blogging isn’t perfect yet. I read “The Extraordinary Sisters of April, May, & June” as well as “Saving June” this week, so you could say warmer weather is definitely on my mind. No review of those two this week but I’d recommend both.
Anyway, the purpose of today’s first entry (yep, gonna do a foodie post later) is to get any of you who haven’t watched “The Lizzie Bennett Diaries” yet, totally hooked. The web series is a modern adaptation of “Pride & Prejudice” created & produced by Hank Green (brother to author John Green) and Bernie Su. The show is absolutely phenomenal. For all that P&P gets remade and adapted, the truly good versions of the story are few and far between. The LBD is one of the very good ones.
It begins with Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bennet creating a video web diary for a grad school project and jumps right into the P&P storyline. So far the adjustments to the story that bring it into the 21st century are very well done. Along with “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” are several videos from Lydia Bennet, and a few from Charlotte’s sister Maria that help bridge a gap in the story.
While I’ve loved all the videos, I’m most impressed by the Lydia Bennet Diaries so far. The series turned the younger Bennet sister Mary into a cousin (which fits the story and the present day much better) and Kitty into an actual cat (also fitting the story). The first half of the Lydia videos seem frivolous but if you’re paying attention, you can see how much Lydia craves the approval of her sisters and how willing she is to find it elsewhere if necessary.
The move into the Lydia and George Wickham part of the story is phenomenally done and completely heartbreaking. I so wish there was more recognition for web series because the latest Lydia videos are some of the best TV I’ve seen in any format.
Several characters are also on twitter if you want to fully immerse yourself in the LBD world. So go watch and then come talk to me about how much you love it. Also about how Fitz needs to show up more because hello, he is awesome.

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