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!

And if you’ve never seen The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, you can binge-watch it now, or watch it the way it was originally posted; Pemberley Digital relaunched the story from the beginning this year.

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Michaela is a Youth Services Library Assistant for CPL. When she isn't at work, she can be found reading young adult fiction books, visiting a local movie theater or fangirling about all things related to Star Wars.

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2 thoughts on “Pride & Prejudice and Many Adaptations

  1. The Lizzie Bennett Diaries are the best! I could do with another binge watch myself.
    Have you seen “Becoming Jane?” It’s a sort of biographical account of actual Jane Austen’s inspiration for the story, starring Anne Hathaway and James MacAvoy. I really enjoyed it.

    1. I watched Becoming Jane a few years ago and really liked it. I am probably due for another re-watch of that one, as well as for several of the other movies on my list above.

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