Apr 4 2013 1:44pm

What’s Next?: How to Fill Your Time After The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries' Lizzie and DarcyThere’s been a real hole in my week without a new The Lizzie Bennet Diaries episode. I have been planning my Mondays and Thursdays around the release of new LBD episodes for so long that I don’t know quite what to do with myself. If you’re at a loss, I’m ready with the list of things I’ve been reading and watching to ease my grief.

If you’re still missing Lizzie, there aren’t knew videos but there are loads of fans still around. There is Darceny, a fan group that is rewatching LBD and discussing the series and P&P. They just started this week, so if you were late finding the series, here’s your chance! There is a fan-run Dr. Gardiner account on Tumblr evaluating on Lizzie’s evaluating. After all, she hasn’t graduated yet! The LBD Seahorses community hosts chats, sometimes including the cast of the show and just generally share their love for the series.

That’s not enough of Lizzie and Jane and Lydia for you? There are tons of screenshots and GIFs on Tumblr and a robust fanfic community. One writer I’ve consistently enjoyed is imaginary circus.

In case you missed it, the creators of LBD have a Kickstarter. It will fund a DVD release of series as well as their next big project—the subject of which has yet to be announced—slated to begin mid-summer. Last I checked they are at nearly 600% of their goal, but there’s still time if you want to contribute.

To tide us over until the new series starts, beginning next month there’s will be a shorter miniseries based on Jane Austen’s unfinished work Sanditon. Welcome to Sanditon will use Pemberley Digital’s Domino App and promises more fan participation which should be interesting. Since Gigi Darcy is supposed to be moving to start Pemberley Digital’s new project, I’m hoping that means we’ll get to see more of Gigi. In preparation I’ll be rereading the book, which I don’t really recall at all. It’s available for free here. Of course there are print and ebook versions from the big publishers available as well, such as Penguin Classic or Everyman’s Library. There are several completed versions available. The one authored by Austen and Another Lady was read by a couple of my twitter friends, but one loved and the other didn’t, so no promises.

The cast and writers of LBD are all still working. Mary Kate Wiles, who played the Lydia everyone fell in love with, is still on Squaresville. LBD head writer Bernie Su and Wickham actor Wes Aderhold have just launched a new web series called Lookbook: The Series, based on a photographer and his new muse who post their images on Wes is fabulously dastardly again and also fabulously shirtless again. Thanks, Wes! The creators of the show are still online at the Vlog Brothers.

If LBD got you curious about other web series, The Guild is a long-running show created by Felicia Day of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. It’s now in its sixth season. There are loads of other web series honored at the Streamy Awards (LBD won for Best Comedy Writing).

There are of course other series that have a vibrant fan community right here on H&H, such as for the urban fantasy show Lost Girl, which, although a totally different genre, seems to share Lizzie’s sense of humor.

And naturally the list of new books begging to be bought grows every week. While there are lots of new things out there, I’m still going to miss Lizzie. I know the show wasn’t perfect but I loved how Ashley Clements updated Lizzie, loved the funny faces and snarky asides. But if I miss her too much, maybe I’ll have to go reread Pride and Prejudice. Again.

Unless you have something else to recommend? A book? Some LBD fan video? What are you doing to fill the void?


Julia Broadbooks writes contemporary romance. She lives in the wilds of suburban Florida with her ever patient husband and bakes ridiculous amounts of sugary treats for her teens' friends. Find her on Twitter @juliabroadbooks.

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