Romancing the Weekends: I am addicted to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

PJV Quickie: Pride and Prejudice is one of my all-time favorite books, and the Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a clever and entertaining take on what Pride and Prejudice might have been if the Bennets had lived in the 21st century.

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 (That’s Lizzie and her sister Lydia. OMG Lydia – she’s just as wild in these video diaries as she is in the original story.)

The series starts off with that famous line: 

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune…must be in want of a wife.”

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– on a T-shirt!!

Developed by Hank Green and Bernie Su, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries follows Elizabeth Bennet through the day-to-day adventures of her marriage-minded mother, older sister Jane and younger sister Lydia (only 3 daughters in this adaptation).  Lizzie is a graduate student and this video diary is part of her study.   Jane is starting a career in fashion.  Lydia is…Lydia – ’nuff said.

At first I was kind of intimidated by how many episodes there are (it’s not finished as of this post), but they flow easily (they usually hover around 4 min/episode, although they can run a bit longer or shorter).  It took me a few days to get through them, and I’m only part way through Lydia’s vlogs.   I love the new ‘feel’ of the characters: Wickham is a swim coach, Bing Lee (Bingley) is a medical student.  It’s different enough to hold my attention but stays close enough to the story line that they feel like old friends.  I also love that the cast is multicultural and more representative of modern society.

I’m up to episode 87, where Wickham and Lydia – well, I’m not going to spoil it but it sufficeth to say, it’s good. I mean, it’s bad, very bad, and I’m dying to know what happens next!!

*cough-look away Rachel-cough* This is why I missed my weekend post last weekend – I had been so busy watching this series that I hadn’t been reading!

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(Lizzie and Charlotte, playing Mr. and Mrs. Bennet)
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Fans of Jane Austen adaptations are in for a treat – you don’t want to miss this!

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