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I love, Love, LOVE Pride and Prejudice.  I’ve read it a few times over the years and then the most amazing thing happened — the BBC made it into a movie starring Colin Firth.  Sigh.  Shortly thereafter, Helen Fielding adapted the story into Bridget Jones’s Diary.  She kept a few of the characters, tweaked them slightly, and brought them into a modern setting.  One  of the best things about BJD is that it was also made into a movie and Colin Firth again played Darcy.  SIGH.  All of that is a post for another day though — I’ve recently come across yet another adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and although I’m only partway through, I’m hooked.  What could possibly pull my attention away from anything featuring Colin Firth as the aloof, but quietly heroic Darcy?  The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

You won’t find The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on the bookshelf or on the dvd shelf — at least not yet.  LBD is a vlog web series on YouTube.  Created by Hank Green and Bernie Su, it stars Ashley Clements as Lizzie Bennet, Daniel Vincent Gordh as William Darcy, Mary Kate Wiles as Lydia Bennet, Laura Spencer as Jane Bennet, and Julia Cho as Charlotte Lu.  In this modern-day version, consisting of 10-minute YouTube videos, Lizzie is a beleagured grad student and Darcy is a hipster.  The Bennets are facing foreclosure but one has the sense that their mother would be desperate to see them married well regardless.  Jane is as sweet and naive as Austen created her, however Lydia is much more interesting.  Sadly for Kitty, she is just a cat in this adaptation and Mary is a cousin.

What’s truly exceptional about this series is the multimedia approach.  In addition to the vlogs, there are spin-off videos for the various characters — but there’s more, much more.  Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, LinkedIn and OKCupid.  It’s awesome.  The Guardian refers to it as “a sharp, clever re-imagining of a novel about class, society and the things we do for love (and money).”  I agree.  What do you think?


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