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.