One of my all time favorite webseries in existence is the youtube vlog style adaptation of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries or LBD is one of several series under the blanket of Pemberley Digital and was produced in part by Hank Green of the Vlogbrothers.
Though Pemberley Digital produced three more full webseries (Frankenstein MD, Emma Approved, and The March Family Letters) as well as the Welcome to Sanditon mini show, LBD remains my favorite. This is a modern adaptation, set in vlogs where there are only 3 Bennet sisters, Lizzie, Jane, and Lydia. Kitty and Mary do show up, though. Mary as a goth cousin and Kitty as a literal cat. Mr. Darcy becomes Willaim Darcy, Mr. Bingly becomes Bing Lee, Charlotte Lucas is Charlotte Lu, and so on.
One of my favorite parts of this series are the nods to both the original story as well as other popular adaptations. The show references some of the best moments of other versions of the story with a wink, a nod, and a big fat smirk. Want more of the story? Lizzie isn’t the only one who makes videos. Lydia, Georgiana, and even Charlotte’s little sister have their own channels and their own stories that tie into the main narrative. It makes the show that much more rich.
This adaptation is beautiful and nearly perfect in my eyes. LBD is perfectly casted, lovingly written, and so respectful to the source material while becoming its own thing. It paved the way for Pemberley Digital to release more adaptations, which while they may not have been as good, were still really awesome. LBD won an Emmy for fraks sake!
This show gets 4.5 Nuts and is available on both Youtube or in DVD form at DFTBA.com.
What do you think of the Pemberley Digital shows? Is LBD your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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