The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

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Based on the Emmy Award–winning YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
Twenty‑four‑year‑old grad student Lizzie Bennet is saddled with student loan debt and still living at home along with her two sisters—beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. When she records her reflections on life for her thesis project and posts them on YouTube, she has no idea The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will soon take on a life of their own, turning the Bennet sisters into internet celebrities seemingly overnight.
When rich and handsome Bing Lee comes to town, along with his stuck‑up friend William Darcy, things really start to get interesting for the Bennets—and for Lizzie’s viewers. But not everything happens on‑screen. Lucky for us, Lizzie has a secret diary.
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Rating: 4 stars

First things first, last year I was absolutely obsessed with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a web-series on YouTube. (If you haven’t heard of it get right on over to YouTube and watch it. NOW. To help you along here’s the first episode):

I absolutely loved it. It was literally my life during my second year of university, and I probably spent more time following the huge amounts of interactive media that went along with the series (e.g. Twitter) than I did writing assignments. Anyway, I think any Jane Austen fan would enjoy this series, unless you’re one of those people who gets offended by any slight alteration to the master piece that is Pride and Prejudice, in which case I’d advise to stop reading.

This book is basically a written form of the series, with a lot more detail and extra scenes that we obviously don’t see in the videos. The book is written in the form of a diary although after reading this book, and having attempted to write a diary myself, it is not a very realistic diary. But who can say the web-series is considered realistic?! So I feel this point is invalid when talking about how good or how bad the book was.

Evidently, from my rating, I enjoyed the book. How could I not after devoting so much of my time to the series?! What I loved most about the book was Lizzie’s voice. It was extremely entertaining and I felt it captured Elizabeth Bennet in modern form perfectly. It was intelligent and witty and highly enjoyable. The adaptation from page to screen and back to page again was very well done, considering the time in which they wrote the book. I particularly enjoyed reading more about Lizzie’s relationships with her parents and sisters.

However, there were aspects that left me still wanting more. I feel they published this book out of fan demand and yet they barely embellished at all on the most important aspects (in a fangirl’s eyes) of the story: Darcy’s first “proposal”, and Darcy’s second “proposal”. The parts I really wanted to know more about and there wasn’t anything new. Even the ending was incredibly rushed compared to the rest of the book and it was a little underwhelming. The book would have got the full five stars if the ending was better constructed. There was a week after Darcy’s second “proposal” that the viewers didn’t really know anything about and I thought this would have been a great thing to embellish on in the book but nope. We get a small amount of clarification. BUT NOT ENOUGH!

But overall, I do think this is a book worth reading if you love Pride and Prejudice adaptations. I did enjoy it despite its set backs and I probably will read it again at some point.

Top 5 Favourite Booktubers of 2013

1) Katytastic

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Words cannot do justice to how wonderful Kat is. She’s funny, passionate and insanely good at reviews. I actually started watching her videos in 2012, but my love for them has only grown this year. I honestly check my subscriptions every day for new videos, I’m a little obsessed. Her bookshelf tour is to die for. She reviews mostly the Young Adult genre and does a lot of book hauls which are my favourite!

 

2) Bookables

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Heather is awesome! The quality of her videos is amazing and they span over a range of things, from tags to book hauls to movies to Q&As. This is a new channel I discovered this year and I am so glad I did. I really enjoy her videos. Unlike a lot of booktubers she has something different to say about every book. You see a lot of videos from others and all they say is “oh this book was AMAZING!”, Bookables does do this but she actually says why! Same with books she didn’t like. Not to mention she really is such an interesting person and her videos are so much fun!

3) Kassidy Voinche

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Kassidy’s channel is relatively new, she only posted her first vid in June! She is such a lovely person, she comes across so genuine and kind. I honestly can’t wait for more videos from her. My favourite videos from her have to be the book hauls and unboxings. There seem to be new ones every week! Although her channel is so new they are becoming increasingly popular among the booktubing community and I really think her channel has so much potential to be something fantastic!

4) The Readables

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The Readables has been one of my favourite channels since I started watching these types of videos on Youtube. So how could I not include her. She. Is. Brilliant. I absolutely adore her videos. Although they are starting to become rather sparse. Which is a shame. BUT recently she’s been posting a few videos mentioning new changes to her channel and I look forward to experiencing them. I think every one has to chop and change things every now and again otherwise things will get boring.

5) polandbananasBOOKS

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Wow. Christine. What a person. She is hilarious! Witty, intelligent and everything else. I don’t think there was ever a more energetic person. It makes me exhausted just watching her! Despite the fact I’ve only been watching her videos for the past month or two. She’s fast becoming one of my favourite youtubers in general not just in the booktube community.