So I like Jane Austen, so what?
Hello, you lovely readers, bloggers, and followers!
I am totally hyped up right now on Cherry Coke, iced oatmeal cookies, and Jane Austen. (And nail polish fumes.)
Instead of working on my homework, (I started a copywriting class), or my writing, (I did outline two new articles for that website and write a new scene for Novel Numero Dos today – that’s enough, right?), I discovered something amazing:
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, an online (modern) adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
I haven’t been this excited since The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet played out cheesily and awesomely on Twitter.
Basically, Lizzie Bennet is a twenty-something undergrad on her way to a degree in mass media and an uncertain future. Her videos are edited by her best friend, the practical Charlotte Lu, and tend to fixate on three topics: her sister Jane’s new relationship with rich med student, Bing Lee; her insane mother, who once forced Lizzie to dress up as a spinster for Halloween; and this jerk she met recently named William Darcy.
Her sisters Jane and Lydia frequently make guests appearances. Lizzie likes to reenact the events in her life, dragging Jane and Charlotte into her vlogs to play various roles. Lydia annoys her sister to no end and often steals the spotlight with her ridiculous attitude. The fact that she has started her own vlog greatly amuses me. Oh, and she has a cat named “Kitty” who you can follow on Twitter.
There’s also a cousin named Mary whom Lizzie never seems to remember; Ricky Collins, a childhood friend Lizzie once proposed to in elementary school; Caroline Lee, Bing’s sister, who managed to make me hate her before she ever appeared in a video (although I might have already been biased towards her); and a reportedly hot and charming swim coach named George Wickham.
The videos are supplemented with tweet conversations between the Lees and Darcy, as well as Lizzie, Lydia, and their followers; sneak peeks of Jane’s portfolio; and Q&A videos with Lizzie. The characters are on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Tumblr.
I love it.
And I love it more because even though it talks a lot about relationships and marriage, it seems to grasp the fact that Austen was writing more than just romance novels for women to swoon over.
The swooning is fun; the wit is better.
Have a taste – here’s the very first vlog: