Book Review:The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet: A Novel

“A modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice based on the Emmy Award-winning and hugely popular YouTube series and transmedia project The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is one of the most successful webseries on YouTube, with more than 230,000 subscribers and millions of views, along with thousands of followers on its related social media accounts. The fans raised more than $460,000 on Kickstarter to support the creators ($400,000 more than the stated $60,000 goal), making it the most successful campaign for a webseries in Kickstarter’s history. Now, the writers behind the series have expanded Lizzie’s reach to the place where she’s always had a natural home: a book.

There is a great deal that goes into making a video blog. Lizzie Bennet should know, having become a YouTube sensation over the course of her year-long video diary project. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries may have started as her grad student thesis, but it grew into so much more, as the videos came to inform and reflect her life and that of her sisters, beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. When rich, handsome Bing Lee comes to town, along with his stuck-up friend William Darcy, things really start to get interesting for the Bennets—and for Lizzie’s viewers. People watched, debated, tweeted, tumblr’d, and suddenly Lizzie—who always considered herself a fairly normal young woman—was a public figure. But not everything happened on-screen. Luckily for us, Lizzie kept a secret diary.

Following the structure of the Jane Austen classic, with each chapter also complementing the addictive videos, this standalone novel has plenty of fresh twists to delight fans and hook new readers. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet expands on the phenomenon that captivated a generation and reimagines the Pride and Prejudice story like it’s never been done before.”

 

I don’t often review books but this one was amazing.

I think I felt more for Darcy as I read this than I did reading/watching/rewatch-reading the original Pride and Prejudice book and adaptions…


Okay, I’m not Lizzie and I’m not sure I would actually want to be. Ever. Has nothing to do with her family but has everything to do with the fact that she was more of a jerk than Darcy was.

A couple of things came through in this version of the story. Things that were in the original, but worded differently so that it hit home. Like when Jane and Lizzie are at Netherfield and Darcy starts talking about what makes an accomplished woman? That last remark about reading was about Lizzie, I am 98% certain. And how Lizzie complained that Darcy wouldn’t give people second chances and yet she was so very determined to not give him another chance.

This was a pretty awesome companion book to go with the LBD web-series. I think you could probably read it without having seen the videos, but it is definitely more interesting having seen all of LBD and it’d also be fun to read this and watch the videos at the same time (there are links to the videos inserted throughout the book).

All that being said, content warnings for sex. This is a more modern version of P&P and what is scandalous now is different than it was in the early 1800’s. But it’s not any worse than the vlog-series. There is also some mild swearing.

I recommend this to anyone who has seen the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. And if I read this again, I think I’m going to watch the videos at the same time.

That smile . . . too precious The Lizzie Bennet Diaries:
DFTBA!
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