March 27, 2013

Goodbye dear friend: The end of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries

It is with a heavy heart that I write this post, for tomorrow—tomorrow!—will come the last of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

After Before you roll your eyes at me for being overly dramatic, please allow me a bit of leeway. I will attempt to tone down the drams some, but know that I am seriously saddened by the end of this video series.

I've always had issues with getting attached to things I probably shouldn't—fictional characters more than anything. And although I've not been with The LBD since the beginning, in the weeks since I started watching it, I've grown very attached. I've bonded with friends over the anticipation of the Bing+Jane relationship rekindle and the douchbaggery of Wickham. I've wanted to hug poor Lydia after she's betrayed and swooned/flailed/fangirled over the first Dizzie kiss. (Even Wil Wheaton got in on that action.)


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I've never seen these actors in any other roles, and, for better or worse, they're now intrinsically connected with the characters they've portrayed in the series. These are characters I adore (even though I've still never read the book) and the actors brought them to life in a way that was fresh without straying too far from the source material. The team behind the series, through the videos, tweets and Tumblr posts, created a whole world in which both the characters and the viewers/fans could coexist.

Even though I knew the basic plot from before the first video, this webseries never failed to surprise me. At times I found myself giggling with glee, at others, I had tears in my eyes. It's amazing to me how an often silly online video series that basically rebooted an old story for a new age could effect me so much. Truly, this is what being a part of a fandom is all about.

(For you folk out there that haven't quite gotten it yet, I told Colt that I was sad about the series coming to an end and he aptly likened it to a sports fan whose favorite team loses in the playoffs. You know it's a bit silly to get sad about it, but you just can't help it.)

Thinking about the end of The LBD has also brought to mind other shows that ended before I was ready—Firefly, Pushing Daisies, Stargate: Atlantis, to name a few. The LBD is ending properly, since there was only so much material to work with, but it's still too soon for me.

I'm looking forward to what's to come from Hank Green and the Pemberly Digital team (yes, it's a real company), but you can bet this will be me at the end of the last video tomorrow.



P.S.—If you're interested in supporting the creation of The LBD DVDs and the team behind the production, you can pledge on their Kickstarter. (The funding has already far surpassed the Kickstarter's $60,000 original goal, but I can probably safely assume "the more the merrier.")

7 comments:

  1. So after starting to watch these, I tried to read the book - got bored - watched the bbc tv series - still didn't get Colin Firth as attractive - watched the Kiera Knightly film - warmed to Matthew Macfadyen

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  2. I couldn't agree more! I will be all kinds of sobbing today D,:

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  3. Did you watch it yet? It was ... lovely. I'm feeling OK about it, surprisingly.

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  4. You're so welcome! And I hope you're not too sad.


    I've tried the book before, but I know the (adapted) story too well and I think that hinders my ability to read it as written. Matthew Macfayden is a total dreamboat in the movie, but I CANNOT fathom how you don't find Colin Firth attractive. Do you mean in the series or in general?

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  5. I did! Surprisingly wasn't behind today, haha. I feel ok about it too, actually. I think because, when I think about it, it's a story that I know and therefore know how it ends, to some extent.

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  6. Good point. I also feel like it left us with a "And they lived happily ever after." Which I am always one board with (even if I know it's not exactly realistic ...)

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  7. Yeah, I agree. Realistic, probably not, satisfies what I want for the characters I get attached to - yes.

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