Published by Simon and Schuster Australia on July 3, 2014
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 lizziebennetdiaries.com 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 woman. It 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.