The Lizzie Bennet Diaries/The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

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

Hi everyone! Today’s post is about my favorite web series – The Lizzie Bennet Diaries! Instead of making it a full-fledged review, I thought I’d just discuss my opinions of the series and the related book “The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet“.


WHAT IS THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES?

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a modern day adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice created by Hank Green and Bernie Sue. It is available on YouTube in the form of 100 episodes averaging about 5 minutes each.

The story is told in the form of the video diary or vlog of Lizzie (Elizabeth), the middle child of the Bennet family, pursuing a graduate degree in mass communication. She decides to keep an online diary as an assignment for her final year of college.

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The cast of the series includes  Ashley Clements, Mary Kate Wiles, Laura Spencer, Julia Cho and Daniel Vincent Gordh among many others.

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THE PLOT

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A modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, the series is told in vlog-style by Lizzie Bennet as she narrates the trials and tribulations of her family life with the help of her best friend and aspiring filmmaker, Charlotte Lu, “practically perfect” older sister, Jane, and easily excitable younger sister, Lydia. As in Pride and Prejudice, Lizzie’s mother is all too eager to marry her and her sisters off to rich men, so when wealthy medical student Bing Lee moves into the neighborhood and manages to woo Jane, it changes the entire dynamic of the family. It isn’t long before Bing’s even more wealthy friend and heir to an entertainment corporation, the mysterious Darcy, makes his way into the Bennet sisters’ lives, too.


MY OPINION

After nearly two years of it being recommended to me, I finally opened up the series on my laptop. I was hooked from the start! Lizzie Bennet is extremely addictive and exceedingly well-narrated.

Here are my top 5 reasons to watch it –

1. The modern take on the book also means that the writers made sure that the Bennet sisters were portrayed as strong independent women of the 20th century – a fact that I really appreciated.

2. Lizzie and Darcy! Modern or Classic, they never fail to impress

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3. Lydia is the most adorable character ever and I love how Mary Kate Wiles has portrayed her!images

4. It is extremely addictive, full of humor, emotion, love and quirks and yet doesn’t take up too much of your time.

5. While Lizzie and Darcy are awesome as always, just look at Jane and Bing! They’re epic too!

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THE BOOK

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Title – The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

Author – Bernie Su, Kate Rodrick

Publisher – Touchstone

Genre – Young Adult, Romance

My Rating – 2/5


GOODREADS BLURB

Twenty‑four‑year‑old grad student Lizzie Bennet is saddled with student loan debt and still living at home along with her two sisters—beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. When she records her reflections on life for her thesis project and posts them on YouTube, she has no idea The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will soon take on a life of their own, turning the Bennet sisters into internet celebrities seemingly overnight.

When rich and handsome Bing Lee comes to town, along with his stuck‑up friend William Darcy, things really start to get interesting for the Bennets—and for Lizzie’s viewers. But not everything happens on‑screen. Lucky for us, Lizzie has a secret diary.

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet takes readers deep inside Lizzie’s world and well beyond the confines of her camera—from the wedding where she first meets William Darcy to the local hangout of Carter’s bar, and much more. Lizzie’s private musings are filled with revealing details about the Bennet household, including her growing suspicions about her parents’ unstable financial situation, her sister’s budding relationship with Bing Lee, the perils of her unexpected fame, and her uncertainty over her future—and whom she wants to share it with.

Featuring plenty of fresh twists to delight fans and new readers alike, The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet expands on the web series phenomenon that captivated a generation and reimagines the Pride and Prejudice story like never before.


MY OPINION OF THE BOOK

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While I’ve made no secret of just how much I love the series, I didn’t enjoy the book quite as much which is why I’ve given it a 2 out of 5. I did enjoy the insight that into Lizzie’s mind that the videos could not possibly cover, but it did get quite boring in many parts.

Nevertheless, if you are a Lizzie Bennet fan, it is an interesting read because it compliments the videos and hence provides quite a few extra details here and there


And that’s all for today! If you’ve watched or read Lizzie Bennet, do leave me your opinions and views about it and if you haven’t, do give it a shot.

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