Review: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

(Note: I think it goes without saying that there will be Lizzie Bennet Diaries GIFs below…)

When I found out that The Lizzie Bennet Diaries web series was turning into a book, this was my reaction:

lizzie-partyBut I admit, I was also slightly skeptical, because can you really write a solid book based on a web series based on a classic novel. Well, I think The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet pulled it off pretty well.

There were a few things that prevented this from getting a 5-star rating from me, and I’ll list those up front.

collins-multiplepointsFirst: this feels like a companion to the web series. I don’t think you should really go into reading this without knowing The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, or at the very least Pride and Prejudice (but even then… it’s better to know the series). I would have liked to have seen it stand on it’s own a little better. Also, I was disappointed in some character moments that weren’t in the web series that felt unnecessary in the book. I’m not going to go into details, but some of it just didn’t really ring true for me.

Lastly, while it felt mostly consistent with the web series, it didn’t ALWAYS. There’s at least one instance that became really obvious when I decided to watch one of the episodes (I watched a few as I read the book, just to see how they played out in both and because I felt like it :)), in which Lizzie got her new phone. In the book, it’s emphasized that her phone started acting up after it was dropped on the marina pier on her day with Darcy and Gigi, but in the web series it sounded like her phone had been acting up for a while and she finally got a new one when her contract came up for renewal. Maybe it shouldn’t have bothered me so much, but considering that in the Q&A in the back the authors emphasized the importance of consistency between the two, I found that to be a little too inconsistent.

lizzie-researchHowever, I hate that that bothered me so much because the day where she hung out with Darcy and Gigi in the book (and was not described in the web series) was so cute and left me wanting more of those interactions! But then, of course, things got crazy with the whole Lydia thing. And thankfully, “the Lydia instance” felt a lot more balanced in the book. In the web series I think they dragged it out for weeks, which felt really disproportionate to other plot points in the series, so I appreciated less emphasis on it, yet still making the important points of what everyone learned from it.

lydia-lizzieThis book made me chuckle out loud a lot, which is also a definite high point for any book. (Though there wasn’t enough Lydia-isms or Fitz for me!) I think Lizzie venting about Catherine de Bourgh amused me the most.

fitz-lizzie-debourghAnd of course anything that showed more of Darcy was a plus, like the aforementioned day out with him and Gigi, as well as his letter to Lizzie. I do wish we had gotten more than just a couple of video transcripts about Lizzie and Darcy’s big moments on camera, and got more of her elaboration on them, though.

darcy-lizzie-touchI did feel like there was some additional insight and characterization to Lizzie, which I liked. I learned that she prefers a classic wardrobe over trends (which I think is obvious in the videos), that she drives a Honda Civic (me too!), that she majored in English for her undergraduate degree, and why she chose new media communications as her course of study for graduate school. Of course, I related to a lot of this which was largely why I liked these new tidbits! 🙂

Though both the web series and the novel have a couple of low points for me, overall, the novel is just as totes adorbs as the series overall! If you’re a fan, it’s definitely worth checking out!

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4stars2Content advisory: A few instances of mild/moderate language, and mentions of sex but nothing graphic and no sex scenes. 

What are your thoughts of The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet? 

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Round Up: The Secret Diary, Super Bowl, and The Hobbit

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Round Up! This is my very occasional feature where I share my favorite story and media related articles from the interwebs with you! 

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

This is my excited face!!!

This is my excited face!!!

Guys, guys, GUYS!!!! The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is being transformed to literary format! You can add it on Goodreads! Remember how I basically wished for this?! And it’s coming this summer! YAY!!!!!!

Super Bowl Pregame Show

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This is my artsy face.

I don’t talk about music much on here, but I mentioned once my love for Phillip Phillips (and several of his songs made it on my NaNoWriMo project playlist) and some of you agreed, so this might be of some interest. Apparently Phillip Phillips and The Band Perry are going to be performing for the Super Bowl pregame show! I’m definitely going to have to make a special point to watch it because (1) I love Phillip Phillips (duh) and he gives a great show and (2) my husband and I (OK, mostly my husband) know a guy in the band of The Band Perry! Not one of the Perrys themselves, but one of the guys behind them. We’ve seen him on TV before and it’s kind of fun to be able to say you know who that person. So if you have interest in either artist then be sure to check it out!

How The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Should Have Ended

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This is my, “Oh crap, I just woke up the dragon” face.

My review for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug should be coming up before too long, but if you want  to know what I thought before then, How It Should Have Ended did a pretty good job of summing it up for me. I will advise that you don’t watch the video unless you’ve seen the movie.

Also, if a Goodreads for movies sounds interesting to you, check out the website Letterboxd. I just joined (click here to see my profile) and I haven’t done a lot with it yet, but they let you rate with half stars! Yay!

Are you excited about the Lizzie Bennet book?! Are you thinking about ranking the Super Bowl ads this year like I am (former mass comm major/marketing minor nerd alert)? Did The Desolation of Smaug leave you shaking your fist at Peter Jackson? 

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: An Awesome Modernization of a Classic Story

Awesome Adaptations is hosted by Picture Me Reading, and is a focus on book-to-movie adaptations that we think are awesome! Today’s topic is an awesome modernization of a classic story. 

This feels a little bit like a cheat since The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is not a movie, but it is an adaptation (of Pride and Prejudice for the uninitiated), and it is done in video format. I have to admit, I love some parts of the series more than the rest. Some plot lines seem to drag too long, a few episodes seemed pointless, but a lot of it is just amazingly good. 

The cast is perfect. Lizzie, Jane, and Lydia all seem perfectly suited as modern-day versions of Austen’s characters. Lydia’s the crazy wild child, Jane’s perfectly sweet, and Lizzie is just Lizzie. In fact, I’ve always related to Elizabeth, but I relate even more with Lizzie, down to what she was studying in college. And plus, Star Trek references FTW! 

I loved how The Lizzie Bennet Diaries was able to stay true to Austen’s story while making it relevant for modern-day, and how the character interactions and emotional moments are still spot-on, even though it’s all happening from the limited perspective of Lizzie’s webcam.

If you haven’t seen The Lizzie Bennet Diaries yet, take a huge chunk of time from your schedule to watch it and enjoy

lizziebennetHave you seen The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? What are your thoughts? Or what is a modernized adaptation of a classic that you enjoy?