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.
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:
- Best Writing: Comedy
- Best Interactive Program
- Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media
- and was nominated for a bunch more awards
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…