be aware that this is a book of a web series I am obsessing about since July. SO IT IS NATURAL TO LOVE IT, OKAY? ALL THESE LITTLE EXTRA DETAILS! Okay, I’m freaking out already.
Title: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet
Author: Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
Genre: Young Adult, Classic Fiction
Lizzie Bennet is a sister out of three sibling with a father and a mother living at home in a surburbian town in California. Lizzie is doing her master in Mass Communications and decides to start a video project for her master thesis, a vlog about her life on Youtube. Little does she know that trouble is around the corner when medical student Bing Lee is buying the mansion in Netherfield and Lizzie’s mother decides that it is THE time to matchmake her daughters (okay, she always wants to matchmake her daughters). On a family friend’s wedding Lizzie is introduced to the Lee family as well as William Darcy, a broding young man with no desire to like anything at all.
When Jane, Lizzie’s older sister, is slowly but steadily falling for Bing Lee, her family’s world gets turned up side down and the real drama starts. Not only that Lizzie’s videos are getting more and more attention of the public, but her struggle with deciding what she wants do to with her life and carreer path she has to make is taking her whole life over.
Not to forget that there’s a subsistential part of her that needs to hate Darcy for a life time, because how in the possible wide world is it manageable to like a stuck-up, arrogant idiot, right?
Again, I am very biased on this since I have watched the web series first and absolutely loved it. Now reading the book I admit that the main plot is the same but basically it’s the webseries with loads of behind the scenes information. As in, what has been going on when Lizzie wasn’t talking in her Vlog or what happened on the San Fransisco trip with William and Gigi Darcy.
The novel has been written like a diary, each chapter marks a new day and adventure Lizzie has experienced while she has been off writing her thoughts. After each chapter there is a link or two that will direct you to the original Lizzie Bennet videos, if you want to watch and read along the story to get the full experience. I think this is a nice and thoughtful idea as well as really interactive. Well done!
Not to forget to mention that The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet is a well done modernisation of the original Pride and Prejudice story by Jane Austen. I think if you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice, this web series is a perfect start to get you into the story. Yes, Jane Austen English can be a little heavy, so I won’t judge you. But I bet Lizzie would do that. Because she judges a lot (see why this novel is called as it is?).
And most importantly: you will get sucked into the life of Lizzie Bennet and her sisters and you want to find out how the modernization changed this and that. You will feel with each of them and find parallels of their life matching yours (at least that happened to me). My personal favorite side character besides Lizzie is Mrs.Bennet, because she’s such a mom. An adorable one if you take the fact aside that she always takes the chance to set up her daughters.
So I give The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick 5 out of 5 stars because it has been perfect, just like the web series. The writing was really well done and smooth, there has never been a boring chapter and there have been extra information, so what is there not to like?!
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The cover is from goodreads.com