Friday, March 22, 2013

I squeed myself

Can we talk about Pride & Prejudice for a bit? This should serve as a warning to those who don't give a shit about P&P to stop reading because I am about to lit-nerd out in a huge way. Like, for real, those of you who've never asked yourself "what would Elizabeth Bennet do?" kindly step to the left.

It's a truth universally acknowledged (seriously, it's well documented all over the internet), that I'm a fan of Pride & Prejudice, along with, you know, Jane Austen in general. I will read or watch pretty much anything Pride & Prejudice-related, though I have managed to steer clear of most of the fiction that expands upon the Bennet-Darcy story. I have to draw the line somewhere.


But I have read Bridget Jones's Dairy (duh) and watched Lost in Austen (shut it) and I've read Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (well, most of it) so when I heard about The Lizzie Bennet Diaires, obviously I knew I had to watch. When it first started, I used to only watch the videos every couple of weeks, catching up on everything all at once, but for the last month or so, I've barely been able to wait until I get home from work to watch new videos. Mondays and Thursdays suddenly became the greatest days of the week and not for reasons like, oh, I don't know, Memorial Day or a new episode of Community.

Do I need to do a spoiler warning? I mean, you know how P&P ends, right, so really there's no such thing as spoiling so shut up I'm not spoiling shit. Anyway. This past Monday’s video ended with a HUGE CLIFFHANGER, if it can be true that something based on literature written 200 years ago could ever cliffhang anything, so yesterday, when I saw the new video was posted, I LITERALLY SQUEED. Which is gross, because I'm an old now and I thought my squeeing days were far behind me.


I didn't think I was that obsessed with LBD because I'd pretty much only been half-hardheartedly watching it, until it got to a certain point (oh, like maybe when Lizzie went to Pemberley and Darcy started being all dreamy) and then I was hooked and wouldn't have stopped watching if you paid me, unless you paid me a million dollars or something, I mean, what am I? An idiot? Oh, wait.

I was going to embed yesterday's video so you could see what I was squeeing about but it wouldn't have the same effect on you unless you've watched LBD from the beginning, which I guess you can go do right now if you have something like eight hours to kill. Go for it! Who needs sleep? Not you. NOT WHEN DARCY'S ON THE LINE.

Anyway. Do you think the original readers of P&P shipped Lizzie and Darcy? Did they read P&P and then daydream about Lizzie and Darcy frolicking through fields of flowers, gazing adoringly at one another or even GASP grazing hands? I hope so. I'd like to think I have at least that in common with a proper lady.

I hope they do Persuasion next. Somehow. In my advanced age, the wistfulness and missed opportunities of Persuasion really do speak to me more than P&P. Just don't tell 24-year-old me, she'd probably freak the fuck out and light 30-year-old me on fire.


18 comments:

  1. "In my advanced age, the wistfulness and missed opportunities of Persuasion really do speak to me more than P&P."

    Truth.

    I haven't watched any LBD but I definitely plan to spend my furlough days catching up. I mean, it's not like Congress wants me to work or anything so I've got to spend my time doing something productive.

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    1. Congress can go suck a fuck.

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    2. I don't know, this furlough thing sounds pretty great.

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    3. Why doesn't blogger allow me to like Joe's comment? LIKE LIKE LIKE.

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  2. I keep hearing about the Lizzie Bennett Diaries, and I have no idea what they are. Am I to assume that it's Pride & Prejudice told in VLog form? Because that sounds kind of cool, even for someone who's never read the book.

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    1. You should probably watch a couple versions of Pride & Prejudice with me before you watch LBD. Just to be safe.

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  3. You already know how I feel about this. SO MUCH FLAILING.

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    1. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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  4. Yeah, what's LBD? I kind of skimmed this because of spoilers. I want to watch!

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    1. It's a vlog based on P&P...there are like 100 episodes at this point, I think, but you can catch up here: http://lizziebennetdiaries.tumblr.com/

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  5. "What would Elizabeth Bennet do?" - YES. This question. Exactly.

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    1. It'll never steer you wrong.

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  6. When I was sick two weeks ago I sat and watched THE WHOLE SERIES of LBD in one go. It did take me eight hours. It was so glorious. And then I had to wait three days in between episodes and it. was. torture.

    P.S. I am a little bit obsessed with the actress who plays Jane because her hair always looks fabulous.

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    1. And she has the cutest outfits! Well. They all do, really. Also, I saw Charlotte on an episode of The B in Apt 23 (I think?) and it was really confusing.

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    2. Jane was apparently on an episode of 2 Broke Girls that I definitely saw before I stopped watching, and also an episode of Animal Practice. I don't remember her from either!

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    3. I bet they'll pop up in more stuff now that they're so internet famous. I want Darcy to be on everything.

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  7. Oh my Gosh, I could NOT be more excited that you are talking about this. It is basically the best thing ever.
    Also, there's a kickstarter for the DVDs, and the next series right now if you want to check it out. :)
    http://kck.st/14hIf3j

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    1. I saw that! I can't decide if I want to donate to get the DVDs or be smart and save my $55 and just watch the videos again. Hmm.

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