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    Illuminating Adaptation of Webseries & Classic Novel

    This book is an adaptation of the YouTube-based webseries the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, itself a modern vlog-style adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. As a broke, unemployed 24-year-old grad student, Lizzie is relatable, flawed, and funny, and the series focuses on more than just the relationship statuses of the Bennet sisters. The novel is set up as Lizzie’s pen-and-paper diary, sectioned into days that follow the arc of the videos closely. At the end of some chapters, the corresponding videos are linked (in my ebook version, anyway) for those who want to track the diary against the original videos. I liked this touch, since it reinforced the transmedia roots of the series. However, sometimes I felt that these links didn’t allow the book to breathe on its own, since it allowed for no distance between adaptations at all. The book also had some interesting non-video plotlines and details, and some first-hand takes of situations reenacted on the videos (such as the Most Awkward Dance Ever); there's also a lot more Darcy, because the scope of the audience's experience isn't limited to the confines of Lizzie's bedroom. Overall, it was a delight to spend more time with Lizzie Bennet and I hope this isn’t the last we see of her.
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