I am late to this party (as usual, although by less than a year – yay!), but with the recent 200th Anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, I decided it was time to finally get my act together and watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
Everyone I know has been raving about them for months, and months, and months, and I had been meaning to watch them, really I had. But there was the HSC, and then that pesky trip to North America. But now I have a full month before University starts with pretty much nothing at all to do, which makes it the perfect time.
I’m going to be completely honest here, and admit despite being a major English nerd, I didn’t love Pride and Prejudice. Maybe I was too young when I tried to read it. Maybe I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. Who knows. But the fact stands that it’s not a novel I heartily recommend, or even have tried to re-read.
The premise of the videos is that in modern day America, 24 year old Lizzie Bennet is making a vlog, with the help of her best friend Charlotte. Lizzie’s mum, characterised by Lizzie as being slightly insane, is desperate to marry her three daughters off to rich suitors (she even got them t-shirts with the opening lines of the novel – although of course, the novel is not acknowledged as existing in the videos). When young, rich, single, medical student Bing Lee moves into the mansion up the road, and brings his equally rich friend William Darcy along with him, things start to get interesting for the Bennet girls.
Other than Lizzie, we get to meet her extremely kind (and second best friend) older sister Jane, who soon begins dating Mr. Lee. We also meet her little sister Lydia who enjoys (understatement) a good party, and thinks Lizzie is Lame.
The best thing about the videos, especially if you’re as late getting into them as I am, is that each one is only 2-4 minutes long. Which means you can catch up really quickly.
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries are a hilarious, amazing modern interpretation of literary classic Pride and Prejudice. They even make me want to re-read the book – something which I thought would never happen. To make the story even more realistic, all the characters have regularly updated twitter accounts, so even when videos aren’t posted (updates occur every Monday and Thursday), you can stay up to date with the crazy hijinks of the characters.
Whether you’re an Austen fan or not, believe me, you won’t regret tuning in.
Oh, and did I mention Hank Green is the executive producer and co-creater? No? Well, that’s just even more reason for you to check it out.
frangipani princess xoxo