Love, love, LOVE THIS!
Before I get ahead of myself, I must first say this:
WATCH THE YOUTUBE SERIES FIRST!
Yes, that’s right! This book was created as a companion to the hit youtube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I know it’s usually better to read a book before watching the movie or show, but that’s usually because the book came out first. In this case, the youtube series came out first. The book sort if dives deeper into Lizzie’s communications study project that started the video blog in the first place. Of course, it also follows the Pride and Prejudice storyline. The reader gets to read Lizzie’s private diary entries to see what she’s thinking and feeling beyond the edited things she showed and said in the video blog.
So set aside time to watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries soon, because it’s absolutely adorable! And surprisingly well done for a vlog… I guess that’s what happens when you have money to put into it; they basically treated it like a long movie or mini-series. They hired great actors and actresses, they were thoughtful in their sets and costumes to make it look relatable, and most importantly, they did justice to Austen’s story, which can be quite difficult when making and modern adaptation.
Another bonus? Each episode is only five minutes or so. You can take your time and enjoy the story at your own pace! Watch an episode between classes, three on the bus, or binge watch twenty in your PJ’S!
The book was really well written, making me believe that I was actually reading Lizzie’s private thoughts. The writers did an excellent job tying the voice created in the youtube series to the girl in the diary. I usually find that when a tie-in book is created, the author gets sloppy and the voice doesn’t match the original character. Thankfully, I was picturing this spunky red-head the entire time!
I also enjoyed the fact that they gave the reader Darcy’s full note. In the youtube series, Lizzie decides to respect Darcy’s privacy at not divulge that he letter to her loyal vlog followers. Even though anyone who knows the original Austen story knows what the letter says, and they let Gigi explain things later, you still feel like your missing an important part of Darcy when you don’t get to hear his letter word for word. The fact that Lizzie tapes the letter into her diary satisfies the readers curiosity from watching the vlog.
Another thing that’s great about the diary is the fact that we get to know just how crazy Lizzie’s life has become since the video blogs success. Inviting hundreds of thousands of people into your life is scary, and lizzie doesn’t hold her fears and emotions back. I know fame has nothing to do with the original Austen story, but it’s a great way to modernize the story and add something new that young adults will find intriguing. Because let’s face it, retelling a classic can get old fast if you don’t offer something new and surprising. Making her a youtube star adds pressure and anxiety! Plus, it makes you feel more a part of the story one you remind yourself that you are one of her viewers! (Assuming you watched the video blog series before reading the book). This whole thing is two sided; not only do we get to react to the story, but we get to see Lizzie react as well.
This whole this has made me want to start a video blog. AND write a diary…
Maybe pemberley digital is hiring? Haha
And if you enjoy The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, AND The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, make sure to watch Pemberley Digital’s other series inspired by Austen’s Emma, called Emma Approved. It’s equally delicious!
So enjoy, Book Babies! I certainly did!