The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

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RATING: 3.5/5

BLURB: “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries may have started as a school project for Lizzie, but it is soon much more. Overnight, Lizzie is an internet celebrity as people watch her vlogs, then debate, tweet and tumblr about her and her sisters, beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. Then rich, handsome Bing Lee comes to town, along with his friend William Darcy, and things really start to get interesting. But not everything happens on screen…Lizzie has a secret diary. This secret diary”

REVIEW: The book is meant to work alongside the popular You Tube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which is based upon Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I absolutely love The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and watched it avidly when it was first on; I remember being devastated when it was over and despite the many literature-inspired web series I’ve watched since then, none of them seem to quite live up to this one. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet works alongside the web episodes, with a diary entry corresponding to each, giving us more of an insight into Lizzie’s thoughts and feelings during the notorious events of this hugely popular and often remastered tale. I enjoyed reading this diary as much as I enjoyed watching the web series, and within the diary you get a real sense of Lizzie’s amazement as her vlogs begin to take off and things with the irritating and arrogant William Darcy begin to develop into something very unexpected. I would definitely recommend this book as a fun, light-hearted, easy to read accompaniment to any fans of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries – and to those who haven’t yet seen the web series, I ask you, what have you been doing with your time?! Go and watch it, now!

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