Publicity Image: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
By far from the definitive guide to the webseries that adapts Pride & Prejudice, this article is intended as a jumping off point for those Transmedia LA regulars who have yet to dive into the series and plan on attending Monday night’s Meetup.
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, known to fans as TheLBD, reframes Jane Austen’s classic novel as an interconnected series of vlogs and social media accounts. The central YouTube account is LizzieBennet, and it was here less than a year ago that Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bennet (Ashley Clements) began her video diary with the immortal first line:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
Here printed on a t-shirt. Setting the tone for the series to come. That first episode introduces Lizzie, her best friend Charlotte Lu (Julia Cho), and her sister Lydia (Mary Kate Wiles).
The central YouTube account, which adheres to the Vlog format, tells the story of the novel from Lizzie’s point of view. As the story unfolds more members of the cast join the series, some of whom are given spin-offs (TheLydiaBennet being your humble writer’s personal favorite) and lives of their own on social media. William Darcy (Daniel Gordh), the romantic lead in Austin’s novel, makes his first appearance in the series’ world via Twitter. The character’s presence was maintained there for months before showing up on screen.
Read more about The LBD and find the Meetup details after the jump…
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