I was a big fan of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, the innovative YouTube adaptation of Pride and Prejudice as a twenty-first century grad student’s video blog (see my two-part review of it here and here). This just-released companion novel is structured as if it were Lizzie’s behind-the-scenes diary written as her public story unfolds on screen.
Lizzie’s voice and her telling of the story come across as fresh, fun and believable here. That said, I don’t know if this is a novel that will appeal to anyone who hasn’t already fallen in love with this version of the characters via the video series. There are dozens if not hundreds of updates, adaptations and spinoffs of Jane Austen novels currently available. What made The Lizzie Bennet diaries stand out was the vlog format, the way the story unfolded for viewers in real time with the opportunity to engage with it across other social media formats, and of course the talent of the young actors who brought it to life. If you’ve already been captivated by those elements and watched the video series, this novel will be a fun way to extend your involvement in the story.