Hello lovelies! I can’t believe that it’s already the end of March. This month has been super busy and so has positively flown by. We’ve reached the last Friday of the month so it’s time for another Pop Arts Recommends. This month, I talk about the internet phenomenon that is/was The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
I feel like everyone knows about the LBD, but am astonished by the number of people I meet who’ve never heard of it (they must not be as enmeshed in the internet…). The LBD was an astonishing project – to take a beloved 19th century classic by Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice) and update it (drastically) for the modern, digital age. Lizzie Bennet was re-imagined as a graduate student, living with her parents while she studied communications and figuring out what she was going to do with her life. Check out the first episode below:
When I first heard about the show, I was pretty skeptical. Though I have enjoyed other modern interpretations (Bridget Jones, Bride & Prejudice) I just wasn’t convinced about it working on…well, YouTube of all places. But it really, really did. After watching that first video, I was intruigued. Then promptly got distracted and forgot to keep watching after about three episodes. I came back to the show about 40 episodes in, after being contacted by several of my friends, who raved about the show and asked if I was watching it. I became utterly hooked, and had to binge watch all the so far transmitted episodes (which despite only being 3- 5 minutes, the vlog format made watching them quite intense)