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…
The story has been woven between the video and social media accounts, which have included not only Twitter but the popular blogging service Tumblr as well. TheLBD fandom is known for their Tumblr presence, and many of the staff keep active.
Series co-creator Bernie Su (BlackBoxTV) will be in attendance at Monday night’s event. Su is the head writer and director of the series, which he executive produces with Hank Green (Vlogbrothers, VidCon). Also on hand will be producer Jenni Powell (BlackBoxTV, VidCon), along with writer and consulting producer Margaret Dunlap (The Middleman, Eureka).
All Transmedia LA members are advised to be on the lookout as well for an escaped Jay Bushman (Airship Dracula, Dirty Work), transmedia producer and a writer for the series. After TheLBD was awarded both an IAWTV (Best Interactive/Social Media Experience) and a Streamy Award (Best Interactive Series) Bushman– co-founder of Transmedia LA– went mad with power. He may be wearing a cybernetic prothesis in place of his leg and was last heard quoting Melville. Approach with extreme caution.
If you want to experience TheLBD for yourself you can start right here .
Doors at 7pm
Panel/Q&A at 8pm
5364 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Busby’s East is a central location between the Valley and the West Side and is located in the Miracle Mile on Wilshire Boulevard, just west of La Brea Ave.
For directions to Busby’s East
We will be meeting in the Ballroom, on the second floor, just to the right when you walk up the stairs. Food and alcohol are available for purchase at Busby’s.