*inhuman squeals of excitement*
My two friends (yes, only two) who watch the Lizzie Bennet Diaries are currently not answering their telephones, so I must resort to fangirling over the Internet about this fantastical day. A new Lizzie Bennet Diaries video has been posted. We were not expecting this video. There had been no tweets about it beforehand, no announcements on the Pemberley Digital blog, not even hints. It dropped like a surprise Beyonce album, and it was beautiful.
It’s been over a year since the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, the modern-day video blog adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, ended. Unfortunately, I did not discover this series until last fall, but I fell in love with it nonetheless. Today was a particularly exciting day for the LBD fandom because, for the first time in over a year, we received new video content. It was particularly exciting for me because I’ve never been a part of the hype of a new Lizzie Bennet video (curse me for joining fandoms too late). Being able to join the crazy tweets and frantic phone calls today was really fun.
I love the Lizzie Bennet Diaries for a couple of reasons:
- Their creativity in bringing this classic tale to life is positively genius. To modernize a classic is one thing, but to take a story whose fans love it with an unbridled passion and reproduce it in an entirely new format? That’s a huge risk, but the creators of LBD were brave enough to take it. That level of creativity is something that makes me proud of mankind.
- The fan community is amazing and supportive. Just follow the “LBD Care Center” on twitter and you’ll know: these webshow people mean business. It feels like one big family, especially because the actors and producers (I’m looking at you, Bernie) are so connected to their fans and to each other.
- The transmedia experience is incredible. The characters have twitter accounts so fans can watch them tweet back and forth at one another, which adds a whole new level to the fans’ relationships with the characters. The twitter accounts stopped tweeting after the end of LBD, but for a few weeks around the one-year anniversary they picked back up, which was really fun to watch. (I had my share of all caps tweets during that time.)
- The way they took on and changed Lydia’s character is beautiful. Her relationship with Lizzie was definitely my favorite change that LBD made from the original plot of Pride and Prejudice.
- Costume theater!
In short, the Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a wonderful display of human creativity and of the awesomeness of fan communities. Storytelling truly does bring people together; the LBD fandom today is definite proof of that.