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I have loved Pride and Prejudice since I first read it thirty years ago. As far as I am concerned it is the most beautifully written book in the English language. So I am always wary of fanfiction, follow ups, or alternative universe versions. Frankly they are usually poor.
Then in the Radio Times I saw The Lizzie Bennett Diaries rated in the top 100 series ever. I watched all 100 microepisodes and thought it fantastic, really fresh and original and with a Lizzie Bennett any man would fall in love with!. The book of the videos has now been published as "The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennett.
It's even better than the videos. Being a "secret" diary it can give more space to Lizzie thoughts that she wouldn't put on the Internet. I honestly couldn't put it down and read it in a couple of days.
Cannot recommend it enough and I sincerely hope that somebody will finance a movie before too long, preferably starring the lovely Ashley Clements, so perfect in the title role.
I have always loved Pride and Prejudice, it is one of my favourite books, and this modern adaptation is certainly one of the best I've seen and read. All the characters are relatable, the overarching story is relatable, and the story is brilliantly told. This diary carries the plot of the videos and yet gives us added background details that were left out. Reading this alongside watching the videos, you are privy to more of the minute details shown in the videos and it makes the series much more impressive.
I will always be in awe at the creative genius behind this adaptation and how it has opened up Pride and Prejudice to a much wider audience. I will never tire of it and it just shows how flexible the story is.
This is a great read for fans of the award winning web series, I would constantly read it whenever I had a spare moment. It not only provides a more in depth look in our heroine but it also adds stuff that is referenced in the series. For example, the night that Lizzie was at the bar with Darcy and her sisters, we get a detailed retelling that makes us see how blind Lizzie was as we interpret. We also get note of the letter Darcy gives and anything that isn't revealed in the vlogs because a diary is more private. The ending is written well, often it's hard to end a book in a diary format because life goes on, why would a character stop but here, it feels natural and doesn't have to be bleak or sad, it is about a young adult moving onto the next stage of their life - we even get to see a cheeky bit of Lizzie and Darcy together.
I can't judge whether this can be read if you haven't seen the web series, but this is a brilliant book that not only adds to the series but adds another layer to the transmedia project.
Really enjoyed the web series and this is a great accompaniment. I read it quickly when it first arrived and will be reading it while rewatching the videos in a month or so. The dates in the entries will make it easy to watch and read concurrently. It adds an extra dimension to an already excellent retelling of my all time favourite book.
Being a big fan of the web series, I waited in eager anticipation for this book. And I was not disappointed! It is wonderful, and the perfect companion to the series. I highly recommend it to fans of the series, or just Austen fans in general.