Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet - YA Bingo

Completed on: July 2nd
# of Pages: 377
Bingo Category: A "Classic" YA Book
Originally I was going to use Little Women for this bingo square - once I finally finished reading it of course - but it just didn't feel right to simply put The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet in a category as simple as "A Book with a Female Heroine" so I'm going with this. And The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is, after all, based off the glorious Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, so this modern adaptation, finally in book form, is a modern "classic" in its own right.

From the first few pages I was already enraptured in getting to see another side - so many new sides - of the characters that I've grown to love through the Emmy award-winning web series. Just the intro with Lizzie and Charlotte gave me a taste of what was to come, and I found the multiple passages where Lizzie confides in Dr. Gardiner to be very interesting as well. Who knew there were so many conversations, so many secrets within the lives of these characters that we were not privy to from Lizzie's - or Lydia's - videos? And the conversations and secrets contained in Lizzie's diary, where she writes with no filter, are very big ones at that.

Just like with the web series, the main focus in Lizzie's diary is with her female relationships - Charlotte, Jane, Lydia - and while we see a lot more Darcy than we did in the web series (mainly because the dairy includes a lot of re-tellings of what we'd only previously seen via costume theater), he does not by any means take center stage in Lizzie's diary, or in her life. I'll admit, even know I know that the main point is to focus on Lizzie's female relationships and that it's a very good thing, I couldn't help but crave at least a little more of an appearance from the newsie that we all know and love, but I'm pretty sure that's more or less wishful thinking. Then again, there is one part near the end of the book . . .
Yeah . . . that was a great moment. If you're wondering what that tweet is referring to, then you'll just have to pick up your own copy and find out for yourself!

I am so glad that this book exists, mainly because it took these modernly-adapted characters back a little more towards their roots and with that somehow made each and every one of them a little more real. Whenever we pick up a good book and are compelled by the characters, those characters tend to stay with us long after we've turned the last page. Clearly these characters stayed with us beyond the final video, but now they are able to take up an even bigger residence in our minds and in our hearts.

For the record, if you haven't seen The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and are reading this . . . then let me tell you, you've got some catching up to do, better get on that ASAP! XD

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