There’s something I’ve been hiding from you, something I’ve kept secret for too long. You probably already know what it is. You probably know it better than I do. I’ve wanted to say something for some time now, but I couldn’t seem to find the words until today. . .
Yes, I am a fan of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (Gosh, it feels good to get that off my chest).
Ever since its debut two years ago, legions have flocked to embrace this ultra-modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Pride & Prejudice. The web-series is so popular, in fact, it has been awarded several prestigious accolades and a host of famous admirers. Not to mention, the show has recently sprouted two similarly styled series, Emma Approved and Frankenstein, MD.
What really makes LBD standout, however, is the way it creatively and cleverly redesigns Pride & Prejudice with comedic, modern-day storytelling. Lizzie’s spirited confessions and romantic entanglements are endlessly entertaining, as is the revolving door of friends and siblings that constantly weave in and out of her life. Her fast paced narrative is heartening and relatable, like her sarcastic criticisms and infinite mommy issues.
Unlike other contemporary adaptations, LBD stays true to its demure companion, yet is successfully able to keep you on the edge of your seat. You know Lizzie is going to end up with Mr. Darcy, but you still find yourself gnawing at your fingernails wondering, “Will they or won’t they?”
I find it’s perfectly appropriate to say that The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a fan tribute gone terribly, terribly right.
Have you seen The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? Which episode was your favorite? How do you think it compares to Pride & Prejudice? Did the series do the novel justice? Which character interpretation did you like best? Tell me in the comments!