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timeturnerjones
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Austen Spinoffs: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
www.youtube.com1DAA50E1-0355-420D-A1AD-2C244287F3DCCreated with sketchtool.
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Not your typical book or movie spinoff, but the Lizzie Bennet Diaries might be my favorite spinoff of Pride and Prejudice, ever! If I've said that before I apologize; I mean it this time. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a Youtube series that is basically a modern adaptation of Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The characters are the same (though Kitty is quite literally a cat...), and the same quirks come out. But those quirks adapt to a new format and environment (aka modern times!) in an incredibly, unexpected way. A lot of modern adaptations of Pride and Prejudice have trouble translating some of the key problems of the novel--class, rank, chivalry--into a modern setting. Can we really find those things today in the same way they affected Elizabeth Bennet without changing it too much? Yes, yes we can. The answer is in the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. After the first two episodes, I wasn't sold, and I left it for a while. This, friends, was a mistake. I thought that this was going to be another shallow adaptation that lacked the aspects of Austen I love best; her satire and subtleties. I was wrong. I came back to the series after it was 80 or more episodes in, and was thrilled--catching up within 2 days and then patiently awaiting the new episodes with everyone else. I loved that the series gets away from Darcy in a way, with him not appearing until episode 60, and does a great job of showing the competition between sisters. The casting was done wonderfully for every character, and Charlotte's updated storyline was wonderful. I don't even want to say more, because I think a lot of people haven't watched this yet and I don't want to ruin it, so go watch it for yourself! I've included the first episode and one of my favorite episodes above! I included one that shows Darcy....hope you don't mind ;)
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One of my friends watches this and would talk about it nonstop. I feel like this card is a sign that I should finally get around to watching it.
@caricakes You should!! I did end up rewatching it and its pretty great. I'm watching their next series now which is an updated Emma!