The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick Review: Modern P&P Retelling

July 14, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 5 stars, Books, Reviews

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick Review: Modern P&P RetellingThe Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su, Kate Rorick
Published by Simon and Schuster Australia on July 3, 2014
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Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries may have started as a school project for Lizzie, 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. People watched, debated, tweeted, tumblr'd, and suddenly Lizzie was YouTube sensation. But not everything happened on-screen. Lizzie kept a secret diary. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet is everything you didn't see in her videos - and more. This is Pride and Prejudice as you've never experienced it before! Read The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, watch the YouTube videos at and check her out on Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter - become part of the sensation that's captured the imagination of millions of fans!

Guys, if you haven’t watched The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on Youtube, go and watch it now. Seriously, you’re missing out on the greatest modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice ever.

After mourning the end of the most addictive Youtube series I’ve ever watched, nothing could fill the hole that was left behind with the opinionated Lizzie, the lovely Jane, the hyperactive Lydia, and the ever so charming, Darcy. That is, until The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet came along to make us relive the heart warming life of Lizzie and the Bennet family.

We know what happens from watching the series, but the diary delves deeper into Lizzie’s innermost thoughts and feelings. We get to experience her world as she’s living it, and not just the filtered version on her videos.

My videos – that’s something put out there for public consumption. That has a filter. My journal is everything else. 

Capturing the couple that made us swoon between Bing and Jane, the horrible George Wickham weaseling his way into Lizzie’s life, the loss that she feels when her best friend Charlotte moves away, and her disgust over the pride that Darcy holds. Lizzie tells all in this no bars version of the story, and it is brilliant and as heart warming as the series.

Even with her flaw of prejudging people from their appearances or their initial impressions, and interfering with her sisters a little too much, Lizzie is a charismatic and heartfelt woman who is nothing but brutally honest. She’s witty, she’s opinionated, she’s stubborn and head strong – but she’ll come around over the course of the story. The story here is basically a retelling of the Youtube series, but it adds a lot more thoughts, feelings, and occurrences in Lizzie’s life.

We also love Mr Darcy and picturing his awkward, socially inept self with a bowtie was a treat as he comes around and supports Lizzie in the end. There are a few transcripts directly taken from the video which I would have liked to read more about, but it brought back all the warm and fuzzy feelings.

Darcy’s list is presposterous. Unachievable by human standards – male or female. Though apparently he was raised to expect no less than Wonder Woman as his potential life mate. 

I love how this series captures the use of social media and talks about independent women who don’t need a man to support them, unlike the original Jane Austen tale. These women are all in their early to mid 20’s who are pursuing advanced studies and their own careers, which is a gap that I find in YA/NA fiction today.


The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet is perfect for reliving the wonderful, heart warming and entertaining tale about Lizzie Bennet and the struggles of a modern unwed womanIt will please fans of the series and new readers alike, with it’s charming and modern interpretation of Pride and Prejudice.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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65 responses to “The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick Review: Modern P&P Retelling

  1. I think I did the same when I discovered the series, and was sad when I reached the end. They were really clever and well thought out, I just loved them! I think you'd enjoy the book Cait 🙂

  2. Oh the San Francisco tour was so much fun, I loved how Darcy showed his warm side then! I needed to see how Lizzie supported her sisters, especially when it came to Lydia I think and the book really fleshes it out well.

  3. It is so good Sarah, I hope you enjoy the series and the book as well, it's so much fun being addicted to something hehe 🙂 No problems Sarah, thanks for stopping by.

  4. YES it is so good when you binge watch it isn't it? It's funny after hours of watching it and going uh oh, where did all the time go? I'm so glad you loved it Laura, it's sooo good

  5. You can do this Emily, glad to hear re-watching it makes it just as good! If anything, it will probably make you love the series more because you know what's coming. I think reading the book will make you want to re-watch a third time lol!

  6. I know, I discovered it after all the episodes were out and I loved it so much, I watched it in a few sittings. Apparently the audiobook is narrated by Lizzie, that would be so awesome! I have seen a few episodes of Emma Approved but I haven't stuck with it, I need to dedicate some time to watch it. What do you think? It's quite different from Lizzie, I guess Emma takes a while to warm up to.

  7. Oh Siiri, you will LOVE this Darcy he is so completely adorable and awkward hehe. Lizzie is really awesome, she really epitomises the character for me. Thanks Siiri!

  8. Everyone (who know how much I love P&P) told me to go and watch this one. I must say that I'm really curious but still afraid. I mean P&P is something special to me. Still you all seem to know how to make this sound amazing and I won't be able to resist. Great review, Jeann 🙂
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  9. I'm loving the series on YouTube at the moment! Up to episode 50 and thankfully Darcy is introduced soon, I'm getting a little sick of hearing all about him… And well, no actual him. That Bing is super cute too, a bit too nicey nicey though. This really does sound like an awesome companion to the webseries. I'm really excited to grab a copy. Awesome review Jeann <3
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    • Yay I'm so glad you're finally hooked into it, it is so good and addictive! Haha yes I was wondering what all the fuss about Darcy was about too and when he appears, it's like awwww! Bing is adorable and him and Jane are too cute lol. I hope you enjoy!

  10. I LOVE LBD so much. I haven't read the book, but I'm pretty sure you know that I binge-watched the videos, so the book is kind of an inevitability (b/c DARCY). This is probably my favorite interpretation. It had the best of everything from the original book, and awesome new twists on the outdated stuff–like I said, LOVE it.
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    • I know, it's so freaking amazing and I'm so glad it's cracked onto the blogosphere! Darcy, Lizzie, Bing, Jane, Lydia, they are all so fantastic vivid characters. I really loved it so much, especially since I'm familiar with P&P.

  11. Melanie (YA Midnight

    Hehe, I still remember that good old day when I discovered this webseries! I am in the middle of my third rewatch of the series and seriously, it's worth it every time. I do love the book as well, but I think I hold preference over the webseries though.

    Lovely review, Jeann! <33

    • Oh, I actually discovered it after PTA Live last year when they showed it! I was like yup totally watching it, and got addicted lol. Of course, I think if we read the book first then the web series after it would probably be the other way around.

  12. I ADORED the Youtube series of this! Darcy was the absolute cutest and Lydia and ahhhhh <3 I loved it so much!

    I'm so glad the novelisation is just as awesome because FEEEEEELS.

  13. I'm so glad to see that this one was a five-star from you, Jeann! Anything Lizzie Bennett, Darcy, P&P is automatic must for me, and I think that a modern spin on the classic, plus playing up the social media aspect would really win me over in the end. Colour me sold! Lovely review!

  14. Well, it seems that this is another book I need to add to the reading list STAT! A modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice but focusing on women that don't need me to support them? I'm all over this one!

    I haven't watched the webseries, but I think I'll read the book first and them watch it!

    Thanks for the great review and recommendation, Jeann! If it gets 5 stars from you, it is worth reading indeed!
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  15. YAAAAAAY! I'm so glad this is a 5/5 star read for you too Jeann! You know I got in the LBD craze pretty late, I was actually working on a cruise ship during this time but I'm so gladI discovered it because I absolutely agree, this is the best P&P retelling out there!

    What I love most about the book is how seamless it integrated with the series, and it just added a different perspective in certain events that happened. I also love Lizzie's voice, she is such a likable character who is not afraid to admit her mistakes. Plus, I love her interactions with her parents, I feel like I really got to know where her dad and mom are coming from . And I agree, I love the changes they made from the original to fit this time. I love how Lydia ended up more than the original. And most of all: DARCY. He's just so awkward and adorable. I'm in love with him. LOL. I can go on and on about this…lovely review Jeann!
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    • I'm still shaking my fist at you, Amir, for introducing me to this. TLBD is my Sunday crack! Can't get anything done during Sundays coz I'm tied to YouTube.

      Great review, Jeanne, right now I'll still to the vids otherwise I'll go full on fangirl and I'm not a fangirl.
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    • Yay, I am so glad you are loving it as well and Darcy of course XD. The book was absolutely perfect, I just loved how it offered a bit more than just what we saw on screen you know? Lizzie is really fantastic, I kind of wish there was more. We do see a lot more about Jane and Bing's relationship as well as the parents and Lydia, which I really liked.

  16. I neeeed to watch this *drools*. And I will probably read the book too. I haven't exactly read Pride and Prejudice, do you think it will matter? I've watched a few episodes of Emma Approved and I really enjoyed them! Great review 🙂
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    • Nope, I think you'd enjoy it regardless, it's a great way to experience the story! I've watched a few of Emma Approved as well and that one I haven't read the original. Thanks!

  17. I've heard nothing but glowing reviews for this series as YouTube videos and as books, so I'm really excited to give them a try! The concept sounds really adorable and relatable, so I can't wait to experience it for myself! Thanks for giving me the extra push to read them Jeann! 😉 FABULOUS review! <3
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  18. Haven't seen it yet, but definitely want to after everyone's raving reviews. Heh, DARCYYY!!!! I love him. As I loved Elizabeth in the books, I love the sound of this Lizzie too 🙂 Yay for a contemporary spin on things. So happy you enjoyed this, Jeann!
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  19. I know, I miss The Lizzie Bennet Diaries so much! I know that all good things need to come to an end – but I wasn't ready!

    I loved this book, too. I loved leaning more about Darcy's interactions with people, and that tour of San Francisco was the best! I was all swoony. I also loved reading about Lydia. I loved seeing how Lizzie truly loves her sisters, and wants what is best for them.
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  20. I absolutely loved the Lizzie Bennett Diaries! I was excited to see that we were going to get more of Lizzie and co. through this book. I especially like how we get to see more of Lizzie feelings! I'm so happy you loved this one so much, Jeann! I can't wait to buy myself a copy! 😀

    Wonderful review! 🙂

    P.S Do you watch Emma Approved? What do you think of it so far if you do?
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  21. I so agree with everything about this book, but because it was so like the internet series, I decided not to review it on the blog. But yes, all the extras, the small snippets that weren't in the series, her interactions with her Dad, that was a BIG yes for me and well, I loved it, it was beautiful and there's a special part in my heart for Pride and Prejudice retellings and stories for sure. Lovely, simple and quick review Jeann, like always, really enjoyable 🙂
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  22. I was so surprised knowing this was a book! But then…well, the original story is a book, so why not?! I loved the vlogs to death. I watched them when it was finished and Mime and me basically binge watched them all in a week. They're so clever! And who'd have thought you could get so attached in like 4 minute videos?!! Absolute genius behind the whole thing. I'd definitely pick up the book. 🙂
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  23. OMG Jeann! The Lizzie Bennet series sounds fabulous! I simply adore Pride and Prejudice and I'm that kind of reader who goes out of my way to read any retelling of P&P whether good or bad. I don't know where I was when this YouTube series happened, but thank you for sharing. Now I have something to devour again. I'm also glad that there's another retelling based on another retelling. 🙂 Lovely review as always, Jeann.
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  24. I binged watched this last night and literally slept at like 6am in the morning. But I'm going back to school tomorrow and my future self will definitely regret that. Either, way, I'm loving it so much! I'm watching the web series and reading it at the same time and it's just so much fun! I completely agree that the way the authors have captured the story is just amazing. Fantastic review Jeann!
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  25. Fantastic review Jeann <3 I've just started this one and am loving it already! I can be skeptical about modern retelling of some of the greatest classics of all time, but it's nice to see one that really is a success. I definitely need to watch the Youtube series 🙂
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