I have always loved Jane Austen. Like I know a lot – and by “a lot” I mean practically any girl with a heart – will tell you that she loves Pride and Prejudice. I mean, seriously, who can resist Mr. Darcy, whether he’s Colin Firth or Matthew Macfayden (let’s not get start this debate over who’s better…)? I mean, come on…“You have bewitched me body and soul and I love…love…love you.” What is this sorcery that makes my heart melt and my insides feel warm and fuzzy? It’s Jane Austen. She has this timeless power and I love it. Pride and Prejudice is literally probably the book I’ve read the most in my entire life. Every time I watch the movie, I get this urgent and pressing need to reread the book. Most of the time, I happily give in.
To my utter delight (and my finals studying’s utter dismay) I have found a new Jane Austen outlet: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. And it’s wonderful.
Basically, it’s a modernized-version of Pride and Prejudice, turned into a Youtube web series. And at first, let me tell you, I was hesitant. How are they going to adapt this beautiful, timeless novel into a Youtube series without losing the essence, the magic? My doubts quickly were thrown out the window. And I become obsessed. Who knew that you could continually watch these little five minute episodes for hours without even clicking a button thanks to the wonderful magic of Playlists? I didn’t…but I do now (like I said, my finals studying suffered greatly).
I laughed out loud. I wanted to punch my screen. And while I was at work and watching it…I cried. Yep, I could not hold it in. Kind of awkward, but I’m not ashamed. The acting was great. The modern adaptation was impeccable and awesome (Charles Bingley became Bing Lee. I still can’t get over that). And yes. It was wonderful.
I did have a problem with one character that wasn’t ever really resolved throughout the series. Her acting just seemed insincere to me and I think you’ll probably know who I’m talking about if you watch them. Don’t let that get you down though. Watch it. Love it. Yes.
I finished it today and I’m kind of sad…okay, I’m pretty dang sad about it. Until I discovered that they continued and did one of Jane Austen’s lesser-known novel Emma! What am I going to be doing over break, you ask? Why, I think you already know the answer to that.
But seriously…here’s the first episode. Please, for the love of all that is Austen, watch it.