Friday, 18 July 2014

Review - The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick



Title: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet
Author: Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
Pages: 400
Publisher: Touchstone
Release date: 1st July 2014

Blurb from Goodreads:

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 and reckless Lydia. 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.






My Review:
 
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Touchstone and NetGalley*

4/5 stars

This book is a companion to the YouTube series that follows the life of twenty-four-year-old Lizzie Bennet, a grad student, while living at home with her parents and two sisters Jane and Lydia. 
Lizzie makes videos about her life for her thesis and becomes a YouTube celebrity. 


This book is the perfect companion to the videos - it gives us an insight into Lizzie's head and includes details that weren't included in the videos.

Overall this was an enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend to fans of the YouTube series.