Review: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet
Title: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet
Author: Bernie Sue
Format: Paperback, Library book
Published: 24 June 2014
Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis: This companion novel to the YouTube series, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, explores the thoughts, feelings, and adventures of Lizzie Bennet that were not seen on the show. The book explores further into the 2-5 minute YouTube episodes, providing more details and opinions than before.
I’ll start by saying that I fell in love with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries last spring because I was assigned to watch them for my class. The show inspired me to read Pride and Prejudice (check out my review ) and also to (finally) read the book that was inspired by the fun, heartfelt show.
The book did not disappoint. I felt my emotions toward the show become even stronger as I read more details about the events that took place over the 100 episode series. My heart was pulled every which way, and I smiled watching Lizzie’s changing opinions on William Darcy.
Ahhh, I love it so much. Finding that unexpected person is amazing.
Anyway, back to the review.
There isn’t a ton to say, really. If you watched the YouTube series, the book makes a lot of sense and might even clarify a few things. If you have not watched the series, the book might seem a bit off.
If anything, the book made me want to go back and watch the series over.
So I think I’ll do that.
Obviously, themes of pride and prejudice are abundant in both the book and show. However, the character growth (for everyone, not just Darcy and Lizzie) is incredible to watch. I think that’s what makes it to easy to forget that the show and book are fictional, because everything and one feel so real in how they act, what they say, and in the different ways they grow up.
Overall, the book (and show) are beautiful and easy to relate to. I loved the dynamic between Lizzie and her sisters, and the different emotions they all felt through the story really pulled at my heart. There was so much humor and heart that it was impossible to not adore the series.
The thought of taking a show that was adapted from a book from the 1800’s and adapting that show into a book made me anxious. But the writers did not disappoint. This book was fun, thoughtful, and clever.
Fans of Lizzie Bennet and her antics should definitely pick up The Secret Diaries of Lizzie Bennet.