Not all adaptations are created equal.
With the success of the The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, it’s not a surprise that the internet basically exploded with confessional-style webisodes of adapted beloved classics. Some are great, some are not the best, but I have a deep and abiding love for people wishing to take classics and make them over in a way that engages audiences today.
Pemberley Digital, most noted from The LBD, became the center point for such webisodes and took on a life of its own in a way. These series have taken the chance to expand on the universe and include people of different races, sexual orientations, and creeds, and my personal fave—turning Kitty Bennet into a literal cat that follows Lydia around. So, if you’ve got time over the weekend, settle in for some of my favorite adaptations from Pemberley Digital.
1. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
In case you’re not familiar with The LBD, it’s a modern, web-based confessional video style retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Pride & Prejudice. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries does, for me, what no other adaptation of P&P has ever been able to do—made me care about Lydia Bennet.
If you’re on the fence about this just know, that each video is around four-five minutes in length. There are 100 episodes, but they go by so quickly, especially once the surly and handsome William Darcy comes into town. It boasts a diverse and wonderful cast, and all the Bennet sisters are sassy redheads.
Seriously, it gets top billing as a favorite Pride & Prejudice of mine, 2kforever.
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