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Pride And Prejudice For The YouTube Generation

Jane Austen's classic novel as a vlog? The Lizzie Bennet Diaries adds its own irreverent spin to Pride and Prejudice.

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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a reimagining of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice, as seen through the eyes of the ever-snarky Lizzie. While the cast is pared down (only three of the five Bennet sisters are featured), the series is doing a remarkably thorough job progressing through the narrative, with the sixteen episodes released so far taking viewers up to chapter six of the book.

All of the characters in the series (and many of those who haven't yet made an on-screen appearance) are heavily active on social media, especially on twitter and Tumblr, where Jane shares fashion pics, and Lydia...well, Lydia really likes sharing fan-made animated gifs of herself.

The series embraces the source material (in the first episode, Lydia's mother makes her daughter a t-shirt with the book's first sentence, "[i]t is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife") without taking itself too seriously. And with new episodes every Monday and Thursday, viewers are promised a steady stream of fictional vlogging. The show's YouTube channel has brought in 1.5 million views to date.

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