So, it will come as no surprise that any new adaptation of the tale of the Bennet sisters' various forays into romantic liaisons is inevitably met with joy and excitement. However, if the new adaptation is not simply just a different cast with better effects or a bigger budget, but rather a total overhaul of the medium through which the tale is told, and that medium is now a combination of YouTube, Twitter, and Tumblr...?! You haven't just got me joyful, you've got me ecstatic.
Charlotte (Lu) is still Lizzie's best friend, also a media student, and pragmatically ambitious in her career rather than her marital aspirations. She helps Lizzie with editing the videos, and sometimes ventures on to the other side of the camera, too. You do not meet Mr. or Mrs. Bennet, but this is overcome by the role-plays Lizzie and her sisters do via quirky scripts and accessorised costume drama. These allow for filling in character or story gaps when it wouldn't make sense to have certain characters on screen in Lizzie's personal v-logs.
|L-R, T-B: Lizzie; Jane; Fitz; Charlotte; Lydia, Bing;|
Wickham; Caroline; Mr. Collins; Darcy
I don't want to spoil too many of the excellent and thoughtful twists in the tale that both modernise and deepen the story and characters, so I shall leave my recommendation there and simply link to the videos, and all the other social media accounts that help to make up the story, below. The fact that you can watch new videos every week, follow the characters on Twitter, and see their Facebook updates makes you feel like you are part of the story, watching it develop, waiting to see what happens next. That the directors and actors have managed to create this feeling, this involvement, is hugely to their credit, given that most people already know how the tale ends. While nothing will ever push my beloved BBC miniseries off its pedestal, this incredibly creative version breathes new life into one of my most cherished love stories, and I'm hopelessly, happily addicted to it.
FAQ which covers a lot of the practical queries, and the characters also do Q&A videos in the midst of the more scripted episodes, which also help to flesh everything out. We're currently up to the point where Lizzie and Georgiana are becoming friends, and Lizzie is starting to see the good in Darcy. Lydia's already "run off" with Wickham and she's telling Jane that they are together over this weekend. So, all hell is about to break loose!
Below is the first video from the webseries. What are you waiting for?! An internet geek in possession of a modem must be in want of a new obsession...
The Main Site
Whole story in order across all platforms
Lizzie Bennet Diaries on Facebook
Bing Lee's Twitter
Georgiana's (Gigi's) Twitter
Wickham's OkCupid Page
Mr. Collins' Twitter
All related Twitter posts (list)
Collins & Collins
Pemberley Digital Main Site
Pemberley Digital Facebook Page
Lizzie Bennet things on Reddit
All related social media accounts (courtesy of Reddit)
All photos/images from the 'Socially Awkward Darcy' Facebook page