Web Television: the Lizzie Bennett Diaries

So many more young people today are spending their free time watching youtubes rather than watching TV. There are countless youtube channels with a vast array of things to watch, get addicted to and waste time on (From DIY, to stunts, to trailers, how-to’s, home video sharing, viral clips, booktubers, gamers, etc — whole communities of people engaged in the participatory culture of youtubing). I am only familiar with a teeny tiny small pocket and I wanted to highlight a channel that I intend to share with young people who love Jane Austin, adaptions, or just really good, addictive TV series.

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The Lizzie Bennett Diaries is an Emmy award-winning American drama web series adapted from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Web series are scripted videos that are released in episodes (often called webisodes) over the internet — to watch on mobile devices (or your PC). Increasing in popularity, The Lizzie Bennett Diaries is a much loved addition to a growing genre. You can see a list of Web TV Series here on wikipedia.

The Lizzie Bennett Diaries is told entirely in the form of vlogs. (Lizzie being a vlogger) — and is the first attempt at modernising Pride and Prejudice with an internet based retelling of the story. In addition to Lizzie’s vlogging, there are spin-offs from the series from other characters (bringing different perspectives). The series won awards for:

It has a fantastic website (where you can watch the entire series), buy merchandise and pretty much find out anything you need to know. I love that the episodes are only a few minutes long — easy to digest. It’s creative and fresh and innovative and funny, completely grin-worthy stuff. Although, be warned, it’s seriously addictive and you may find yourself glued to your device for a few hours…

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One thought on “Web Television: the Lizzie Bennett Diaries

  1. I think your warning is very well warranted! I got totally addicted to watching the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Not knowing anything at all about this series, it actually took me a little while to suddenly realise that it was Pride and Prejudice!!! (Sad I know!) but I hadn’t read the Austen novel for years and the extremely obvious names just didn’t jump out at me! But it was actually a really nice way to discover the series and I think it could be used to introduce otherwise disinterested students to the works of Austen.

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