It’s been a Pride and Prejudice retelling kind of month. First it was Jo Baker’s Longbourn, and now it’s a modernization. Well, actually it’s an adaptation of a modernization. Let me ‘splain.
Meet Lizzie Bennet, Californian grad student embarking on a vlog for her final project.
I stumbled upon this amazing web series soon after its premiere, and got to follow it through every nail-biting episode. The core of Austen’s novel is preserved and modernized beautifully, and the writers even added in some extra stuff that took it over the top.
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet is a companion to the video series, Lizzie’s first-person narrative of the story behind the videos. It’s yet another perspective on one of my favorite stories, and includes even more plot points and conversations not present in the web series or the original novel.
In fact, I think it would be fun to watch the videos again while reading the corresponding diary entries.
Watch the series, read the novelization, and — most importantly — read Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. There’s a reason it’s still being adapted over 200 years after its publication.
What other Austen adaptations have you read/seen and liked?