After spending most of the week sick in bed (or on the couch), reading has not been a priority. I just didn't have the capacity to concentrate and didn't want to do a disservice to any books I attempted to read. So what's a girl to do when she wants to have a book mindset but doesn't want to actually read? Solution...The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
I'd heard of these briefly before but hadn't had the time to look them up more thoroughly. With some extra time on my hands I discovered this amazing gem and had a two day marathon catching up on Lizzie's Vlog posts (yep, all 91 posts, at the time I finished). I still need to delve into the side videos. But I can honestly say that I loved watching these little videos and obviously got a bit addicted (and that's not the cold medicine talking). On average the videos are about 5 minutes long, so you can watch one or a few (or a lot) at a time.
Episode 1: My Name is Lizzie Bennet
These diary videos, if you haven't figured out already, are based off of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, but in a modern format. Lizzie is the middle child, between Jane and Lydia. They have a cousin named Mary and a cat named Kitty (cute, huh). Lizzie's best friend is Charlotte. There's Bing Lee (get it...named for Charles "Bingley" - I love this name twist), his sister Caroline, and his best friend William Darcy. Of course, we also get Mr. Collins, Wickham, and Gigi (Darcy's sister Georgianna). We "meet" the mom and dad through Lizzie's costume theatre, which is very funny. The pacing of the videos along with the storyline is great (although I may be biased since I watched them all in two days). I like the twists and creative license they use to modernize the plot and characters. I will continue until they are done, and then hope, like everyone else, for a sequel.
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You Tube (catch up on the whole season):