Waiting on Wednesday: The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet by Kate Rorick and Rachel Kiley

January 28, 2015 / 8 Comments / Book Memes, Uncategorized, Waiting on Wednesday

Expected publication: September 29, 2015

Based on the Emmy Award-winning & “genius” (The Guardian) web series, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, this is a new novel starring Lizzie’s spunky sister Lydia as she navigates the joys and pitfalls of becoming an adult in the digital age.

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’ 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 naive, 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 and “offers a fresh take on Pride and Prejudice without ruining it” (The Washington Post, on The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet). 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. 

Some of you know that I’m a massive Lizzie Bennet Diaries fan – if you haven’t heard of it, the LBD is a webseries/transmedia adaptation of Pride & Prejudice that’s hugely popular and just a ton of fun. It’s probably one of my favourite shows of all time, and I do not say that lightly. 
Last year, the creators wrote a companion book – The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet – which was SO wonderful and deepened my understanding of the characters (plus, the audiobook with Lizzie Bennet actress Ashley Clements narrating? AMAZING). But I’m more excited for this second novel. 
In the show, the creators made a conscious decision to expand Lydia’s character from the original source material – the series’ take on Lydia is really fun, but also more feminist and sees Lydia as a girl who has seriously been taken advantage of against her will. One of the drawbacks, however, to it being Lizzie’s show, is that we never really get the rest of Lydia’s story – she stops vlogging herself at a very bad period, and the ending is a bit unfinished for her. 
That’s why I’m so glad that this book exists and that we will finally get the full story of what happened after the camera was turned off. I can’t wait to see how she’s grown and changed – and I’m unbelievably grateful that Kate Rorick, who spearheaded the writing of the first book exceptionally well, will be working with Rachel Kiley, who wrote most of Lydia’s dialogue and big episodes in the show. 
To say I’m excited or waiting is a massive understatement. Lydia getting the ending she deserves AND getting to revisit one of my favourite shows?! I am ALL OVER THIS (and I really, really hope Lydia’s portrayer, Mary Kate Wiles, will get to do the audiobook, because she’s fabulous). 
What are you waiting for this week? Are you a fan of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries (if not, why the heck aren’t you going to watch RIGHT NOW?)? Have you read the first book at all? If so, what’d you think? Let me know in the comments!

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

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