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Book Review | The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

Title: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

Author: Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

Series: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Genre: Romance

Synopsis  18775263Based on the Emmy Award–winning YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Twenty‑four‑year‑old grad student Lizzie Bennet is saddled with student loan debt and still living at home along with her two sisters—beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. When she records her reflections on life for her thesis project and posts them on YouTube, she has no idea The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will soon take on a life of their own, turning the Bennet sisters into internet celebrities seemingly overnight.

When rich and 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. But not everything happens on‑screen. Lucky for us, Lizzie has a secret diary. Read More on Goodreads 

If you haven’t already, do binge watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube here. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet is basically an extension from the Web Series adapting Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice into the modern era.

The Diary provides insight into Lizzie’s thought process and her decisions regarding the videos. Also, some things are difficult to communicate in video format such as heart-to-heart sisterly talks which we muddle into immensely in Lizzie’s diary. Add to that recounts of witty conversations and Lizzie’s general snarkiness and you have yourself an entertaining read.

What really impresses me is how realistically composed the diary is: family troubles, relationships, finding a job and college and your future, all things that worry a young person in this day and age are covered. The novel goes deeper when Lizzie really reflects on her character and I like how her development and her realisation of her flaws is much more apparent in here than in the original Pride & Prejudice.

For all its exterior the novel is constructed in quite a bit of depth when you think about it. The irony is that the majority of people in this novel who work in communication have trouble communicating with each other and it makes you think about how Social Media just subconsciously makes you internalize your feelings.

Of course we cannot ignore Mrs. Bennet’s unique disposition and our lovely Darcy’s awkwardness. I like to think that if Jane Austen were writing today, she’d write like this