Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lizzie Bennet on YouTube

I'm a big fan of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I'm also a fan of the Vlogbrothers, so you can imagine my delight when I found out that Hank Green (one half of the Vlogbrothers) has a hand in a retelling of this great story.

But there are some distinct differences from the novel.

Elizabeth Bennet did not really make YouTube videos with the help of her friend Charlotte Lu, and tell the world all about her crazy mother and the cold Mr. Darcey in the most pubic way possible. A few characters (Mary, Kitty, and Mrs. Hurst) are missing, presumably to keep things relatively simple. Some of the plot is differently, and Lizzy could perhaps be slightly nicer to her sisters.

There are about 11 videos out by now, and although it's still early it's looking pretty good.

In particular I look forward to the consequences of certain individuals, such as Mrs. Bennet and Mr. Darcey, finding Lizzie's YouTube channel. As a communications major in college Lizzie should know that it'll get around to them somehow, but seems to think it'll be kept a secret from them. Still, the story couldn't be told half so well if she weren't under that naive assumption.

I'm also curious to see how Lizzie's changing feelings are handled, since she keeps certain things private even from her sister Jane in the book, but that just won't work for the a retelling via YouTube. I'm guessing that the Lizzie of YouTube will be a much more open person than the Lizzie of Austen's book.

I definitely recommend that you watch the first short episode, and that you keep on watching them. They're only a few minutes each.



SPOILERS FROM THE NOVEL!!!

I also can't wait to see how the whole thing with Mr. Collins is handled, as well as a certain fiasco with Lydia. The details of those events will have to be changed, somewhat. Or actually maybe not so much for Lydia...

Depending on what state they're in, Mr. Collins can't be a cousin if he wants to marry one of the Bennet sisters. (Did you know that it IS legal to marry your cousin in some states? I only found that out recently.) And I'll be very surprised if it's a matter of their house being entailed away from the male line. How often is that sort of thing done in the states? (Hey, Lizzie Bennet is in the USA, isn't she?)

Luckily for Mr. Whickam, Lydia is of age so he won't be charged with kidnapping and rape. (FYI, I have discussed in a previous post what would happen if Whickam ran off with Lydia in modern day USA.) Relatives also won't be able to stop Lydia from living with Whickam until they're married, but I suppose that everything else could follow the book pretty closely.

Prediction: Lydia and Whickam will be found in a hotel in Vegas.

1 comment:

Toriz said...

Interesting new approach to it!

Yes, I knew about the cousin thing. Also, in other places it depends on how the relationship with the cousins is biologically to whether it's illegal or not. I don't know how it works (and don't want to, because I wouldn't want to marry my cousin even if I liked my cousins more... Ewwww!) But I know it can happen.

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