Do you ever find it difficult to consistently keep a journal, a blog, keep in touch with people you contact through fora and what more? I know I do. I have a wondrous collection of journals from when I was younger, containing fragments of my life. I could write every day for months and then forget about it for weeks. Not because I didn’t want to, but because I didn’t have the time or was too tired. Checking them, it is wonderful reading what I was concerned about back then. The earliest journal I kept started just after my birthday in 2003, when I turned 12. I wrote in a letter format, which I recall was inspired by the journals of Anne Frank. My journal therefore always had a name, which evolved as I befriended other people (I usually used a combined name of best friends). Today is the first time in years I have taken the journals out… I remembered so many things I’d forgotten, reading everything. I plan to start again!
Diaries are great ways to express yourself, and they are often used in novels. Sue Townsend for example has written an entire series about Adrian Mole using diary format. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Tom Riddle has contained his 16-year-old self in a diary, making it a key element of the book.
Diaries do not play a role in Pride and Prejudice, yet a wondrous modern adaptation of the book has been produced on YouTube called the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. If you liked P&P, you ought to watch it. There are 100 episodes of this video blog in total and it follows the essentials of the novel very well. There is the mother wanting the daughters to get married, the handsome Bing Lee who is new to town but suddenly leaves, leaving the caring Jane heartbroken. Haughty Darcy, the owner of Pemberly Digital gets off on the wrong foot with Lizzie and resents her friendship with Wickham (obviously). Lydia is even worse than she seems in the novel. Even Mary and Kitty, who are less important in the novel, play a role in the vlog (though Kitty is merely the kitten).
In my opinion, the series really adds to the novel, creating a depth of character that I miss in the original. The cast is great and portrays the characters really well. Apart from Darcy and Lizzie, who are quite well portrayed in the book, the other characters remain quite shallow. Well, that changes with the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, definitely. In addition, this production doesn’t stick to merely Lizzie’s vlog. It has created additional video blogs for Lydia and Pemberly Digital for example, several twitter and facebook accounts and more, encouraging fans to interact with the characters. It is in short the best adaptation of Pride and Prejudice I have seen so far!
- Lizzie Bennet Diaries (apathyacid.com)
- Jane Austen and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (facelessladies.wordpress.com)