I love the Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
Love them. L-O-V-E.
I am a fan of Pride and Prejudice and of Jane Austen in general, but I also love old stories told in new ways. And with LBD (fan shorthand) Bernie Su and Hank Green delivered this wonderful, immersive storytelling experience of the classic novel. I loved the idea that Lizzie Bennet was really out there somewhere. I loved being able to fall down a rabbit hole of content (all the characters had social media pages, and websites mentioned in the vlogs were really there online). I loved the treatment of minor characters – particularly Georgiana Darcy. I loved the modern ‘scandal’ between Lydia Bennet and George Wickham and how it actually presented an ethical dilemma for viewers (but I won’t say too much because #spoilers). I loved following the story in real time on twitter. The levels of clever continue to delight me.
Anyway if you love good story telling go and watch it now.
But before you go you might be wondering why I am banging on about it. Well, I recently watched some of the final episodes at same time as going through early posts from this blog about my first year without supermarkets. Just as the character Lizzie reflected after a year of vlogging on what she had learnt, I feel like I’ve been on that same journey.
I started this to document a year trying not to shop at supermarkets. It was 2010 and everyone was starting their own blog. I was such a patchy blogger. As I went through the old posts I could track the evolution of my knowledge of writing and the various technicalities of websites. There were long period of silence when I was busy or too stressed. Since this blog moved from the Blogger platform to WordPress, I have tended to ignore my earlier posts. However, I am always asked about that first year without supermarkets and what I learnt from it, so I’ve put all my posts together if you are interested in reading what I was thinking in that year.
If you can’t be bothered reading it, I summarised it well in this interview with the ABC.