The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a modernized adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice, by the aptly named Pemberley Digital, including Hank Green and streamy winner Bernie Su. The story is told primarily through Lizzie Bennet‘s Video Diaries on Youtube, while being supported by her and other characters social media streams. It was the surprise transmedia hit of 2012, our best loved love story resonating with many “viewers”, and perhaps that acquaintance helped them find their way around a familiar story presented across unfamiliar platforms.
Although you can follow the whole series through from the start, here: http://www.lizziebennet.com, wouldn’t it be nice to tweet along?
Well, you won’t have long to wait. (*UPDATED – Released Sept 2015*) It’s “Emma Approved” a YouTube adaptation of Emma – another Austen novel – is coming out of production and hitting YouTube shortly. Given the filmic treatment several times, including the nineties update “Clueless”, the story can be played for laughs as well as pathos. Will meddling Emma become the first transmedia matchmaker? Probably so.
If you’d like more Austen but in a more familiar format, the BBC’s adaptation of the PD James sequel “Death Comes to Pemberley” is filming now at Harewood House. It will air in three one-hour episodes on BBC One later this year, while PBS have already announced that they will show the series in the US.