The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet By Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
Published June 24th 2014 by Touchstone
Disclaimer: I received a review copy c/o the publisher via Netgalley.
Summary: Based on the Emmy Award–winning YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
Twenty‑four‑year‑old grad student Lizzie Bennet is saddled with student loan debt and still living at home along with her two sisters—beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. When she records her reflections on life for her thesis project and posts them on YouTube, she has no idea The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will soon take on a life of their own, turning the Bennet sisters into internet celebrities seemingly overnight.
When rich and handsome Bing Lee comes to town, along with his stuck‑up friend William Darcy, things really start to get interesting for the Bennets—and for Lizzie’s viewers. But not everything happens on‑screen. Lucky for us, Lizzie has a secret diary.
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet takes readers deep inside Lizzie’s world and well beyond the confines of her camera—from the wedding where she first meets William Darcy to the local hangout of Carter’s bar, and much more. Lizzie’s private musings are filled with revealing details about the Bennet household, including her growing suspicions about her parents’ unstable financial situation, her sister’s budding relationship with Bing Lee, the perils of her unexpected fame, and her uncertainty over her future—and whom she wants to share it with.
Featuring plenty of fresh twists to delight fans and new readers alike, The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet expands on the web series phenomenon that captivated a generation and reimagines the Pride and Prejudicestory like never before.
I am a huge Lizzie Bennet Diaries fan. Granted, I haven’t actually finished reading Pride & Prejudice, the web series was the reason my interest in P&P soared through the roof.
If you didn’t know already, Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a popular web series that is based on Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. It’s a modern adaptation of the book, in which Lizzie decides to make video blogs as part of her thesis. From the 13 chapters that I have read, the series does follow the basic premise of the book and of course, features everyone’s beloved characters from the book.
Now that you know the basic premise of the series, on to the review about the book!
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet is written by the same people who wrote the web series, so there is fluidity in the writing and story. It’s not necessarily a different story from the web series, but there is an add-on to what we saw in the series. Considering the web series is “edited” by Lizzie and/or Charlotte, we don’t really get to see what happens behind-the-scenes, which is where this diary comes into play
The diary delves a little bit more on the Bennet family, and Lizzie’s relationship with her parents, specifically her dad. Truth be told, the most interesting parts (as with the web series), are the ones that feature Darcy and Lydia’s big incident. If you’ve watched the series, you’ll know that something happens to Lydia that shakes the Bennet household — but not all of it was shared in the series. The diary talks about the incident in a little bit more detail, and how the family came together to solve this problem together, and we really get to see how heartwarming the relationship between Mr Bennet and his daughters.
The diary also of course, contains the letter that Darcy sent Lizzie (which wasn’t disclosed in the web series, but is shared in full in the book) and also about the day that Lizzie broke her phone. In the series, it was never really shared how she broke her phone, but just that she got herself a new one. So you see how the diary fills in the gaps of the web series.
If you loved Pride & Prejudice and have never watched the series, I urge you to go do it. I find classics rather daunting, but the web series made it a little bit more approachable for me. Of course, seeing how it is a modern adaptation, you probably won’t get the same story from the book, but at least the gist of it.
And if you loved The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, I hope you pick this book up and read it. One word: Darcy. Need I say more?