VIDEO: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

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Lizzie, Jane, Charlotte, Pride and Prejudice as a morality tale, and why Ursa likes Lydia a lot better now. In the final episode of her Pride and Prejudice series, she looks at the Emmy Award-winning YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries!

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  • Danielle Osgan

    Did you mean they cut out the original extraneous sister of Kitty? Cause Caroline is there.

    • Jill Bearup

      Bingley has two sisters: Caroline and Mrs Hurst, who never gets a first name. :)

      But yes, also Kitty.

      • danbreunig

        Catherine (Kitty) is easy to confuse with Caroline by name; so many C’s and K’s.

        Mary is more extraneous to me; she’s just there. If anything Kitty at least has a concrete purpose by being a purely reactionary character to bounce off of, especially to Lydia’s antics. It amuses me that the elder sister is the youngest sister’s pushover. It’s parallel to how the oldest sister Jane is less sensible than her little sis Lizzy. And Mary’s…just there.

        • Muthsarah

          Mary does contribute to making the Bennet clan look foolish in Darcy’s eyes, by playing the piano and singly poorly, and refusing to stop (unpardonable sin, my word!), one reason for his removing Bingley from their presence. She clearly wasn’t doing as much damage as Mrs. Bennet, but she still has a little more to do with the plot than Kitty does. Also, she’s occasionally dull or mildly unpleasant with her prudishness and unwanted critical comments.

          I kinda wonder if Mary was thrown in as a inside reference for those in Austen’s circle.

          • danbreunig

            Characters are often half-versions of their creators, so she could be an Austenean catharsis. Good point, though, I forgot about that. Between the two Mary kind of just does her thing while Kitty’s more prone to freaking out, which is how I remember her as the more reactive one of the two.

          • Muthsarah

            I just remember Kitty for getting yelled at by Mrs. Bennet for sneezing, and afterwards just being someone for Lydia to squee about officers with. Her entire personality trait seems to be “silly girl, but not so silly as Lydia”. Being defined entirely as being a milder version of someone else is just really odd. She easily could have been removed from the story, or been replaced by a Lucas girl.

      • Danielle Osgan

        You know, although not my favorite Jane Austen book, I’ve still read P&P 3 times and until you mentioned Mrs Hurst, I completely forgot about her.

  • Muthsarah

    Just watched Welshy’s farewell. Are you joining TGWTG, or was that just a NerdQuest-related tease?

    • Jill Bearup

      …ha. Well…we’re actually psychic. That’s what it is. :D

  • maarvarq

    OK, I’m a late adopter as usual. I went off to watch the first 6 episodes, then the next 19. I didn’t watch them all in one hit because I did need to do other stuff, like sleep and work (BTW the whole thing goes about 4 to 5 hours? More like 7 to 8). I found it addictive, and alternatively funny and heart-breaking, and I don’t know if I’m brave enough to watch the parallel Lydia videos. Thanks for the recommendation!