Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Classic Lit in a Modern World

Since Monday was the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, I decided to try watching the Lizzie Bennet Diaries online. It's a vlog series with Pride and Prejudice characters in a modern setting. To be honest, I'd tried to read the original, but I couldn't maintain interest in the dancing and talking and talking about dances.  Instead, it's a bunch of funny, melodramatic reenactments. Besides, it made me feel more sympathetic for the characters- except Lydia. She's annoying.
I think I'll also watch Lost in Austen, just because Alex Kingston's in it. I mean, almost anything with her I can retcon into "River undercover."


  1. River undercover indeed. XD I just finished the sixth season, and she may well be one of my favourite non-Doctor Doctor Who characters of all time. Amy and Rory and Donna, though, they were all good. They've all got an incredible place in the story. But River made a niche all her own, and no other character can ever fill it now... and I... did not just turn this comment on a post about Jane Austen into the beginning of a rant about Doctor Who.

    On the matter of Pride and Prejudice, the book is worth the read; the dueling wits and flouting of social convention makes any amount of prose delightful. I think you would like it if you were able to give it another go.

    1. That's quite alright...I have a whole Whovian blog, after all. I might try Pride and Prejudice again, now that I know the plot better.

  2. Ema mentioned the Lizzie Bennet Diaries again, so I poked around on the site and watched the first two. The modern spin on a Victorian problem is pretty neat, besides the fact that the characters are played incredibly well (at least in what I've seen). They managed to capture perfectly each girl's personality and style and move it into a whole new era. ... Now I'm gonna go peek at Lost in Austen to see if it's worth watching.

    Your Whovian blog provides much of interest for me even though I've yet to comment. Some of the archives make good points for discussion.