Waiting on Wednesday: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

March 12, 2014 / 12 Comments / Book Memes, Uncategorized, Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.

This week’s WoW pick is another cult series adaptation…from YouTube!

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet: A Novel
Authors: Bernie Su (website | twitter), Kate Rorick (website | twitter)
Publisher: Touchstone
Expected publication: July 1st 2014

A modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice based on the Emmy Award-winning phenomenon, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

There is a great deal that goes into making a video blog. Lizzie Bennet should know, having become a YouTube sensation over the course of her year-long video diary project. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries chronicled Lizzie’s life as a twenty-four-year-old grad student, struggling under a mountain of student loans and living at home with her two sisters—beautiful Jane Bennetand reckless Lydia Bennet. What may have started as her grad student thesis grew into so much more, as the videos came to inform and reflect her life and that of her sisters. When rich, 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. Suddenly Lizzie—who always considered herself a fairly normal young woman—was a public figure. But not everything happened on-screen. Luckily for us, Lizzie kept a secret diary. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet provides more character introspection as only a book can, with revelatory details about the Bennet household, including Lizzie’s special relationship with her father, untold stories from Netherfield, Lizzie’s thoughts and fears about life after grad school and becoming an instant web celebrity.

Written by Bernie Su, the series’ executive producer, co-creator, head writer, and director, along with Kate Rorick, the novelist, TV writer, and consulting producer on the series, the novel features a journal-entry format and design, complementing the existing web series, while including plenty of fresh twists to delight fans and new readers alike. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet expands on the phenomenon that captivated a generation and reimagines the Pride and Prejudice story like it’s never been done before.

Ok, so those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I am obsessed with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. If you haven’t seen it yet, I cannot express enough that this is the ultimate webseries of all time. It’s one of my favourite pieces of pop-culture EVER, a brilliant mash-up of how it feels to be a young adult and Jane Austen brilliance. 

Anyway, for those of you who DO know what I’m talking about, The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet is like DVD special features or lost scenes in books…and since I’m obsessed, I will pre-ordering this like gangbusters. Hey, I’ve already helped fund their Kickstarter campaign, dressed up like Lizzie, and started in-world social media accounts. =)

Tell me this promo pic doesn’t make you want to pick up the book!

Are you waiting like crazy for The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet? Are you into “special features” in books and movies? Have you even seen LBD (and if not, why are you still here?)? What are you waiting for this week? Let me know in the comments!

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12 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

  1. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries wasn't for me, but I know a lot of people who were obsessed with it. It was all over Twitter for a while.

  2. First time I've heard of this one and it looks great!! Wonder where I've been..LOL!! And I'm such a huge Jane Austen fan too. Thanks for getting it under my radar. 🙂

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