Both of the books I’m reviewing today are based on the Lizzie Bennet Diaries if you don’t know what that is it’s a Emmy Award winning YouTube series that’s a modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and you need to watch it. This might have a few mild spoilers for the show but not the books.
Twenty‑four‑year‑old grad student Lizzie Bennet is saddled with student loan debt and still living at home along with her two sisters—beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. When she records her reflections on life for her thesis project and posts them on YouTube, she has no idea The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will soon take on a life of their own, turning the Bennet sisters into internet celebrities seemingly overnight.
When rich and handsome Bing Lee comes to town, along with his stuck‑up friend William Darcy, things really start to get interesting for the Bennets—and for Lizzie’s viewers. But not everything happens on‑screen. Lucky for us, Lizzie has a secret diary.
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet takes readers deep inside Lizzie’s world and well beyond the confines of her camera. Lizzie’s private musings are filled with revealing details about the Bennet household, including her growing suspicions about her parents’ unstable financial situation, her sister’s budding relationship with Bing Lee, the perils of her unexpected fame, and her uncertainty over her future—and whom she wants to share it with.
I adore The Lizzie Bennett Diariest this book is mostly the same events of the series however, there’s a few secrets that are in this like Darcy’s letter! And the best thing is there’s even more Darcy then in the show therefore there’s lots of feels, you also get to finally meet her parents. This does add a lot to the series but it’s mostly just the same story in a different format I wouldn’t read it right after finishing the series or it might be boring. It’s been about a year since a watched the series and I was thinking about rewatching it but reading this was a better idea (I need to spend less time watching YouTube videos) although the story definitely works better in its original format. I enjoyed this but not nearly as much as I enjoyed watching the series it just wasn’t as funny.
Before her older sister, Lizzie, started her wildly popular vlog, Lydia was just a normal twenty-year-old plotting the many ways she could get away with skipping her community college classes and finding the perfect fake ID. She may not have had much direction, but she loved her family and had plenty of fun. Then Lizzie’s vlog turned the Bennet sisters into Internet sensations, and Lydia basked in the attention as people watched, debated, tweeted, tumblr’d, and blogged about her life. But not all attention is good…
After her ex-boyfriend, George Wickham took advantage of Lydia’s newfound web-fame, betrayed her trust, and destroyed her online reputation, she’s no longer a naïve, carefree girl. Now, Lydia must work to win back her family’s trust and respect and find her place in a far more judgmental world.
Told in Lydia’s distinctive, eccentric, and endearing voice, The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet picks up right where The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet left off. Featuring fresh twists, wonderful new characters, and scores of hilarious texts, doodles, and tweets, The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet takes you behind the webcam and into the lives of your favorite sisters in a way that’s sure to satisfy existing fans and delight new ones
Rating 3.5 stars
Even though Lydia was occasionally ridiculous in The Lizzie Bennett Diaries it’s undoubtedly the the best version of her so of course I was excited to read a book all about the adorable Lydia Bennett. Even though her constant use of acronyms still annoys me I did enjoy reading from her distinct voice and could surprisingly relate to how she was feeling. There was of course mentions and appearances by other characters such as Elizabeth, Jane and their boyfriends, the character that has the biggest role is Marry. Neither her or Lydia got much page time in Pride and Prejudice making them the perfect characters to expand upon I didn’t even like them in the book but I love this version of them.
There’s a ton of new characters sadly none of them impressed me they were alright and most of them are important to the story but none of them are anything special. My biggest issue is the writing it was odd most of the time it was in present tense but there was some out of place sentence in past tense it didn’t flow well. It wasn’t exactly a badly written book there were a few lines that I quite liked and I wasn’t exactly expecting it to be amazing it’s just the weird tense thing was bothersome. I was conflicted about how to rate this I liked the story but ultimately there are to many things that annoyed me to much to give it four stars.