I did not read the book first.
Recently I was flipping channels and saw Ashley Clements onscreen. I instantly knew an episode of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries was playing. (Apparently showing YouTube shows on TV is a thing now. On this same channel I later watched YouTube clips of Vin Diesel playing Dungeons & Dragons.)
Randomly seeing an episode of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries led me to binge-watch the show for the third time, with my sister by my side, because she said it sounded dumb. A few episodes in, and my sister apologized for her statement.
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is my favorite YouTube series; I’ve watch every video multiple times, followed the social media experience, and read the book adaptations of the series. It is also one of many Pride & Prejudice adaptations I’ve read and watched. Others include:
- BBC Pride & Prejudice with Colin Firth
- Pride & Prejudice with Keira Knightley
- Lost in Austen
- Austenland (book and movie)
- Bridget Jones’s Diary (book and movie)
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (only the movie, and it was so terrible I actually enjoyed it)
There were many other Austen adaptations I’ve read and watched over the years. Until this year, however, I never read any of the original books. My previously mentioned third Lizzie Bennet Diaries binge-watch reminded me of that, and I downloaded all of Austen’s books on my Kindle.
After years of only engaging with adaptations, I finally read the original book.
It was amazing. My previous knowledge of the book didn’t prepare me for how often I would laugh, or smile. If you—like me—have failed to read the original book despite being an Austen fan, fix that wrong-doing!