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The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet: A Novel (Lizzie Bennet Diaries) Hardcover – June 24, 2014

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"Offers a fresh take on Pride and Prejudice—without ruining it. . . . [Lizzie's] voice is reminiscent of the sort of wry sarcasm that made Daria so appealing." (Washington Post)

"Jane Austen would, like, totally approve" (People Magazine)

"Fantastic. . . . This book hits all the high points of Austen’s most famous novel in satisfying ways (Darcy’s confession, Lydia’s bad choices), while updating it for the digital age. Though the videos are the catalyst for the novel, readers need not have viewed them to enjoy this story. Fans of the Web series and newcomers alike will be satisfied." (Publishers Weekly)

Praise for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: "Addictive . . . In theory, it should be terrible. In practice, it's pure genius. . . . The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is faithful to the original without being slavish or full of in-jokes. It's a sharp, clever re-imagining of a novel about class, society and the things we do for love (and money). I like to think that if Austen was writing now, she might have created something very like this." (The Guardian)

"It’s AWESOME and AMAZING and WOW. . . . I loved, loved, loved this update. . . . Aside from just being a great series, and aside from showing how a retelling can be original, and aside from illustrating how an update can be faithful, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is also an example of how story-telling evolves and how that evolution does not mean that existing methods of story-telling disappear. We live in a world where Pride and Prejudice can be a book, can be movies and musicals and TV shows, and can also be a 'video/social media' series. This retelling no more erases the Jane Austen book than an e-book means that linear storytelling and 'books' disappear and become choose-your-own-adventure/game apps." (School Library Journal)

"The Lizzie Bennet Diaries finds a new way to present a 200-year-old story. . . . [It is] the quintessentially 21st-century take on Austen’s novel . . . a unique piece of interactive media that has a big heart and a lot of soul." (The Onion A.V. Club)

"Brilliant." (The Awl)

"An impressive feat; a charming and creative twist on a familiar tale." (The Daily Dot) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Bernie Su is the Emmy Award-winning executive producer, co-creator, head writer, and director of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries for which he received a Streamy Award for Best Writing, Comedy and Best Interactive Program. Su is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, and lives in Los Angeles.

Kate Rorick is a writer for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. She has written for a variety of television shows, including Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Terra Nova. In her spare time, she is the bestselling author of historical romance novels under the name Kate Noble. Rorick is a graduate of Syracuse University and lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Series: Lizzie Bennet Diaries
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (June 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476763143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476763149
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book arrived on my kindle shortly after midnight, and I was ready and waiting to read! So, I'll be a little tired today.... WORTH IT to have expanded LBD canon.

*possible spoilers ahead, so take heed*

I wanted to give 5 stars, simply because this book expands and adds details to the LBD universe. The extra scenes, previously-unknown discussions, and some insight into feelings Lizzie didn't show on screen are all appreciated. There were a few things that surprised me - most of a sexual nature (JING!? and wtg Dizzie)- but I've read enough LBD fanfiction that all but the most extreme scenarios fails to be truly shocking.

So, why NOT 5 stars? A couple reasons. First, there was too much taken verbatim from the videos. Too much dialogue repeated that we already saw in the videos. Like the "speakers/good for dancing" scene at Netherfield. We already watched Lizzie re-enact Darcy's awkward conversation, so did we really need to rehash it word-for-word in written form? And the pasted-in transcripts from episodes 60 and 98? Well, it seemed like lazy writing. I've seen those episodes. Numerous times. I forget noth- little. I didn't need to read the script. What I would have preferred, in Lizzie's diary, was more of the emotion she felt during those scenes, and resulting from those scenes.

...which leads me to the other reason I couldn't give 5 stars: Lizzie's 'voice' just felt a little bit off. Too sterile, too analytical, maybe? And, yes, I know that Lizzie is, by nature, logical and academic. Yet she is also highly passionate , demonstrative, impetuous. I would have expected to see more of that side in her journal - her own personal, private venting zone. Instead, I find her often clinical.
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I was slightly disappointed in this book. The YouTube series was so fantastic that perhaps it was just too much to live up to, but I truly expected there to be more extra content in the book, and I honestly didn't feel there was. I didn't feel I got to know Lizzie, or her motivation for certain things, much better than I had watching the series. It isn't an awful book, but I certainly could have saved the money and been just as happy.
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I'm a Pride and Prejudice fan and one of the many reasons why I loved the Lizzie Bennet Diaries so much is because, in my opinion, certain events in the original classic has been handled better by the series. *gasp* Now before you all biatchslap me for saying something so blasphemous, let me explain. It was a different time, and I think everything that happened on P&P is the best end result to the situation...for that century. It won't work in today's world, with today's modern thinking, however. For example, I love how Lydia ended up closer with her family and sisters and not shacked up with douchey George Wickham. Come to think of it, I love that there's more to Lydia than a shallow, spoiled and selfish girl. I also like that although Jane forgave Bing Lee for what happened, she didn't immediately accept him back romantically because seriously, the guy just basically left her hanging with no explanation why, he deserved to do a bit of groveling. And as I consider myself a modern woman, it's only natural that I preferred the twists made on LBD in regards to the examples I've mentioned above.

So it's safe to say that I had high expectations for this book. Really high. Over-the-roof high. And from my rating above, you already know that it far exceeded my expectations because even though I'm mostly an easy-to-please reader, I seldom give a 5 Star rating. And I honestly think this book deserved it because not only was it able to stand on its own from the web series, it was also able to add a new dimension to the story and even more depth to its beloved characters.
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Really such a smart way to enhance the entire The Lizzie Bennet Diaries project. Some of the diary entries were duplicates of things Lizzie said in her vlogs, but often with just enough extra to fully flesh out all those other characters we didn't see on screen. My ecopy included hyperlinks to Lizzie's vlogs, but not to any of the other platforms used by the other characters, which for me made this whole endeavor a fantastic "New Media" way to tell stories. If you poke around the Pemberley Digital site that you are directed to for Lizzie's vlogs, you can find the entire story told via vlogs, tumblrs, tweets, lookbook, etc. Pride and Prejudice has long been my favorite book and my own two daughters resisted reading it, finding the Regency setting and language hard to get into. But both have now read The Secret Diary and watched the vlogs and really understand why this story resonates, so this has been a welcome gateway to introducing my kids to Austen. My youngest would like to be a Vlogbrother when she grows up and the LBD has inspired her to really think outside the box on her own storytelling. I am so grateful to Bernie Su and Hank Green for conceiving of this project and to Bernie and Kate Rorick for adapting one of the most beloved characters in literature to a thoroughly believable, imperfect and modern female that I'm happy to share with my daughters.
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