Twenty‑four‑year‑old grad student Lizzie Bennet is saddled with student loan debt and still living at home along with her two sisters—beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. When she records her reflections on life for her thesis project and posts them on YouTube, she has no idea The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will soon take on a life of their own, turning the Bennet sisters into internet celebrities seemingly overnight. […] Featuring plenty of fresh twists to delight fans and new readers alike, The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet expands on the web series phenomenon that captivated a generation and reimagines the Pride and Prejudicestory like never before. [x]
I love the original webseries of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I stumbled upon them by accident when there were like 9 or 10 videos already out and they became such an important part of my weeks from then on. This is the only adaption so far where I actually like Lydia and the entire setting in the social media world just really works. Now the Kickstarter for the DVDs was… uhm, disappointing and I had mixed feelings for this book afterwards.
When it comes to languages, I’m passably fluent in HTML.
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet does not work as a standalone book – it’s really a plain companion novel. It’s fun at times to read the entries and watch the corresponding videos but ultimately I wished for more. There are only a few scenes which fill in the blanks of what we didn’t see on screen or was only expressed through other social media channels than the YouTube one… and for that there’s too much description of stuff happening in the videos. I’d have preferred for them to just make the entire thing a ‘normal’ novel instead of a fake diary because that entries feel like anything but diary entries. Also the use of tweets and video transcripts at a few times is nice but also doesn’t work well in a diary context (and the transcripts are pretty lazy anyway).